Just a short note to let you know about myself and my availability as an extra adviser to the services you provide as a migration agent. I have been a barrister since 1980 and one of my key specialities is, of course, migration law. Since that time I have conducted cases in every Tribunal and Court dealing with migration matters including the High Court, Federal Court, Immigration Review Tribunal (as it was then called), the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, the Refugee Review Tribunal and the Magistrates Court (on criminal matters involving migration).
As general rule I do not see clients directly but give advice or represent clients usually only via either solicitors or migration agents. I am available therefore to assist you in the provision of services you provide by giving specialist advice and if necessary appearing for clients.
This advice can be given in a number of ways to you – telephone advice, written advice on a particular matter or assisting in the final preparation of an application by either advising what evidence ought to be put to the Department in an application or reviewing the draft application.
charge out rate is $495 per hour (including GST). Unfortunately over the years I have had many
requests by solicitors & migration agents to look over a matter to see if
it worth taking further & this has taken up considerable time. I now have to charge for giving phone advice
& looking over a matter. Usually this takes from 30 minutes to an hour.
Many solicitors & migration agents have found a short phone advice session
very useful which costs $253 (incl GST) as a flagfall for up to 20
minutes. I am also available to do MRT,
RRT & AAT appearances in Sydney
& Melbourne & I do not charge for airfares & only charge minimal
accommodation if it requires an overnight stay. (I ask that the client or agent
picks me up from the airport & takes me back.) For a one day matter the fee
is $3,850 (including GST). If conferences or advices are required prior to
hearing these are charged at the hourly rate. Alternatively, if you want to do
the submissions, advice on evidence and have a conference with your client as well
then my total charge is $8,800. I am
similarly available for Federal Court appearances in Sydney & Melbourne
without charging for airfares (Federal Court fees are charged on a different
scale). I will appear in Perth & Adelaide
for a negotiated Fee.
I will consider appeals to the Full Federal Court or the High Court on a ‘no win no fee basis’.
As you are all aware, we could all spend a huge amount of our professional time doing work for free for some clients. As a result I restrict my pro bono work only to selected cases.
I can say that one of the advantages of dealing with a barrister is that you retain total control over the management of your client & your file because although barristers are permitted to see clients directly without the intervention of another professional, they very rarely do so. I do not see clients direct.
PS: To avoid embarrassment, I need to point out, that I do absolutely zero socialising with clients, the reason being that clients take a casual remark over a meal as a thoroughly researched considered opinion.