After more than 35 years of practice in law I specialise in migration law and administrative law. I was admitted as a barrister in 1980 after completing a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Queensland. Since then I have conducted cases in every Tribunal and Court dealing with migration matters including the High Court, all Federal Courts, all the migration tribunals (now the Administrative Appeals Tribunal) in Australia.
I have been involved in a number of ground breaking cases. I also deal with criminal matters involving migration. I give extensive advice on visas and all migration matters including for employers (with matters from all over Australia and the world). The areas I most regularly advise on are:
• Strategic pathway advice to gaining long term presence or permanent residence in Australia
• Criminal/Character visa cancellation appeals
• Business visas
• Complex partner visas, where one partner has been refused
• Independent skilled visas advice
• Assisting employers with foreign labour and sponsored employees in Australia
• Family visas
• Humanitarian visas
• Advising education providers and students
• Student visas (including cancellations)
• Getting the best out of short term visas
As a migration lawyer, I give oral advice, written advice, advise on visa applications or advise on a visa refusal or cancellation or pending refusal or cancellation. I advise employers on all aspects of employing foreign employees.
I also give advice and appear as an expert witness in court on migration law. For example I appeared in the Family Court to give evidence of the visa and residence options of one of the parties to a marriage in a case involving an application by a parent who claimed her Australian migration status made it difficult for her to work or survive in Australia, the case being about her intention to take a child to live in a country other than Australia. I also give advice on professional negligence in migration law.
Along side my migration practice I have been a migration educator for over 20 years. I publish Migration Law and Practice and I have provided courses qualifying migration agents with continuing professional development points, both face to face and via correspondence. I found that I was able to respond to the questions I receive whilst giving courses through publishing Migration Law and Practice. I am excited to be able to expand into webiniars, making migration education more accessible. My papers and journal articles are also available through my journal Migration Law and Practice.
I have been a guest lecturer in Migration and Administrative law at Queensland University of Technology, Griffith University, Brooklyn University (in New York City), the Migration Institute of Australia, the Queensland Bar Association, Bar Practice Course, Qld, New South Wales Bar Association, the Law Council of Australia, the San Francisco Bar Association and the University of Parma in Italy.
Because of my migrant background, I speak Italian. I am competent in French, have passive knowledge of Spanish.
Through my legal practice I also obtained qualifications as an arbitrator and mediator and have retained that as an aspect of my practice.
I am available to assist clients in matters involving Italian law.
To appear in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, I am also a registered migration agent (9580738) and it is required by law that I place a link to the Code of Conduct.