Originally from Hanover, Barbara moved to Toronto after high school to attend university. She obtained an Honours Bachelors Degree in Social Work in 1991. After working for a number of years as a social worker in Toronto, Barbara later returned to school to study law, obtaining her LL.B from the University of Windsor in 2002. She summered and articled at the Toronto office of Miller Thomson LLP and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2003. Interested in pursuing her studies in corporate law, in the fall of 2003 she undertook a Masters of Law at the University of Cambridge, England specializing in Corporate Law. While there, she was a member of the Darwin College rowing team.
Barbara returned to Hanover as a partner at Hicks & Hicks in 2004. She represents a variety of clients in the areas of real estate, corporate law and estate planning. Barbara is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association (Ontario) as well as the Grey and Bruce County Law Associations.
Active in the community, Barbara serves on a number of boards and committees as follows:
• Past President, Hanover Chamber of Commerce
• Chair, Hanover & District Hospital Board
• Past Trustee, Hanover Public Library Board (2005-2010)
In her spare time, Barbara enjoys travelling, photography and spending time with her kids.
Selwyn J. Hicks
Graduating from the University of Windsor with both a degree in Law and a Masters in Business Administration, Selwyn was called to the Ontario Bar in 2003. Selwyn brought his legal expertise to Hicks & Hicks in the fall of 2003. Prior to this, Selwyn worked in the legal department at the Children’s Aid Society in Windsor and at a boutique Toronto law firm specializing in international business law and intellectual property.
A partner at Hicks & Hicks, Selwyn practices primarily in the areas of real estate and wills/estate planning. In recent years, Selwyn has developed expertise defending clients who have been charged with Smoke Free Ontario Act violations. Helping to shape the law in this area, Selwyn has a number of reported decisions. Selwyn is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association (Ontario) as well as the Grey and Bruce County Law Associations.
Selwyn has served as a member of numerous boards and committees over the years. He currently serves as Past-President of the board of Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Hanover and District and also is a member of the recently amalgamated Bruce Grey Child & Family Services board. Selwyn has also played an instrumental role in establishing a gymnastics club, the Hanover Aerials, in the Town of Hanover.
A lover of politics, Selwyn was elected to Hanover Council in 2006 and in 2014 was elected as the Deputy Mayor of Hanover. In that role, he also sits on Grey County Council and is a member of the Corporate Services Committee and the Social Services Committee.
Peter grew up in Hanover, attending Dawnview Public School, James A. Magee Community School and John Diefenbaker Secondary School. He left Hanover to further his education at Queen’s University in Kingston where he studied languages and literature, majoring in Classical Studies. He continued these studies at McMaster University in Hamilton where he completed his Master’s degree. Finally, Peter began his legal studies at the University of Western Ontario in London where he earned his law degree in 2011.
While studying law at the University of Western Ontario, Peter was a member of various student organizations aimed at providing legal assistance to the community. As a member of Pro Bono Students Canada, Peter provided legal research for non-profit organizations. As a member of the first-ever Western Intellectual Property Clinic, Peter performed research and drafted advice on topics touching copyright, patents and trademarks. Finally, as a member of the Family Law Clinic, Peter drafted pleadings for low-income parties in family law proceedings.
After completing law school, Peter returned to Hanover to complete his articling requirements at Hicks & Hicks and was called to the Ontario Bar in the fall of 2012. Peter is now practicing as a lawyer at Hicks & Hicks, concentrating in the area of Family Law.