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Offering services in Criminal, Family, Children's and Commercial Law,  as well as Conveyancing, Corporate Governance and Strategic Planning




Criminal Law


Our lawyers have extensive, practical experience representing clients in various types of Criminal Law matters. Our approachable criminal law team is led by Hugh Middleton who is an LIV Accredited Criminal Law specialist

Children's Law

Our dedicated Children's Law team can assist with advice and representation in child protection matters and criminal law children's court matters

Commercial Law


Our friendly and professional commercial lawyers can assist with advice and administration of various commercial law areas including:

  • Commercial property sales and purchases Victoria and NSW

  • Sale and purchase of a business Victoria and NSW

  • Commercial Leases

  • Discretionary, Hybrid and Unit Trust Deeds

  • Succession planning

  • Strategic planning

  • Subdivisions

  • Share and Unit sale agreement

  • Business structures

  • Estate planning


With extensive experience in assisting clients with the purchase of residential and commercial properties from the preparation of section 32's through to settlement, our conveyancing team are ready to assist

Family Law


We pride ourselves on helping our clients navigate their family law separation with trustworthy and honest advice and representation. We can assist in achieving practical, workable and child-focused outcomes

Corporate Governance and Strategic Planning


Our experienced lawyers understand that good corporate governance and strategic planning are fundamental elements to helping your organisation achieve their goals and vision. Whether it be running a strategic planning session for you and your team or assisting with policy drafting, our team is here to help

Wills and Estates


At Martin Middleton Oates we understand the importance of planning ahead and how stressful the passing of a loved one can be. We are here to assist with the preparation of wills, administration of estates in accordance with your loved ones wishes as well as assisting you to plan for your future 



We work for our clients to achieve a practical, "real world" workable solution to their legal problem. Our difference is that we are passionate, experienced and focused on getting an outcome that is best for you. Our ideal client is anyone experiencing a legal problem that they need help to resolve. 

We offer services in Criminal, Family, Commercial, Wills & Estates and Children's Law as well as Conveyancing, Corporate Governance and Strategic Planning. We offer affordable private fee payment as well as Legal Aid services dependent on your eligibility. 

With over 20 years of local knowledge and experience, we understand the needs of our clients across the Mallee region and beyond. We are passionate in advocating for and defending the rights of our clients and pride ourselves on treating our clients with empathy, respect and compassion. 

Law Firm


Hugh Middleton


Hugh has been practising law in Sunraysia for over 20 years. As a LIV accredited specialist in Criminal Law, Hugh applies his specialist, extensive experience to his client's advantage across all areas of Criminal Law and jurisdictions.

Hugh represents clients in both Victoria and New South Wales and in various jurisdictions including the Magistrates' Court of Victoria, the Local Court of NSW, County Court of Victoria, District Court of NSW and the Supreme Court

Hugh is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria 

Michelle Oates


Michelle has experience in private practice and as a Senior Solicitor for DHHS, Michelle provides her clients with practical advice as well as high-level advocacy across various practice areas including Family Law, Children's Law and Commercial Law.

Michelle is a member of the LIV, an Australian Institute of Company Director graduate, Chair of Chaffey Aged Care Inc and a non-executive Director of Lower Murray Water. Michelle assists clients with Corporate Governance and Strategic Planning advice drawing on her own real world experience.

Kay Martin


Kay is a practising commercial and family lawyer with over thirty years’ experience. Kay brings a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Kay has extensive Strategic Planning and Corporate Governance experience as a past director of the Citrus Market Board and Chair of the Board of Management of Mildura Base Hospital and seven years as President of the Merbein Primary School. 

Kay is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Director of Chaffey Aged Care, Mildura Airport Board and the current Chair of SuniTafe.  

Peter Delorenzo


Peter is an experienced criminal law solicitor. He is a defence lawyer who is known to be practical, fair and fights for his clients to get the best result. 

Peter works mainly in the Magistrates' Court of Victoria and County Court of Victoria but has experience in the Supreme Court of Victoria and the Local Court of NSW and District Court of NSW. 

Peter is approachable and available to contact at short notice for legal representation or advice.

Rachel Regester


Rachel is our newest criminal law team member. Rachel has experience in advising and representing clients in the Magistrates' Court of Victoria, the County Court and the Local Court of NSW.

Rachel works closely with her clients to achieve the best outcome possible. 

Rachel also has experience in acting for parents and children in the Children's Court of Victoria in both criminal and child protection matters.

Inga Dalla Santa


Inga has extensive experience in Wills and Estate, commercial law and commercial litigation.


Inga regularly advises clients on estate planning including the drawing of Wills and associated documents including Enduring Powers of Attorney and Appointments of Medical Treatment Decision Makers, the estate administration process and commercial disputes and claims arising out of Wills and deceased estates. Inga is a skilled negotiator and takes a professional and client-oriented approach to ensure her clients' needs are understood and met.


Inga is a Board Member of the Christie Centre Inc. She is also a member of the SuniTAFE and the Mallee Catchment Management Authority audit committees.

Alix O'Donnell


Alix commenced her legal career as a gap year student with us before studying law at Flinders University and returning to the firm as a qualified lawyer.

Alix's practice is primarily focused on commercial law, family law and children's court work. Alix has experience in working on complex commercial and family law matters as well as undertaking Legal Aid work and court appearances.






61 Deakin Avenue, Mildura, VIC 3500

Tel:  (03) 5023 7900


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