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Andrew Lumb


Position: Special Counsel

Practice Area: Commercial and Property Law, Wills and Estates and Probate Law

Education and Qualifications: LLB, University of Melbourne, BA, University of Melbourne

Area of Expertise: Property Law, Commercial Law and Corporate Law.

Professional Memberships: Law Institute of Victoria, Member of the Construction Material Processors Association.

Andrew is a senior member of the Commercial Law practice group. 

Andrew provides advice to our corporate clients and individual private clients in all commercial law matters related to commercial contracts, statutory regulation, trade practices, planning and retail leasing, intellectual property matters as well as acting as a general counsel for corporations in all commercial matters.

Andrew has built a long standing client base with a focus on industry groups, in particular the agricultural and quarry sectors, who rely on his tactical and strategic advice for their commercial matters. 

Caroline Mostafa


Caroline Mostafa


Position: Lawyer

Practice Area:  Litigation and Workplace Relations

Education & Qualifications: Master of Laws (Juris Doctor) (Monash University), Bachelor of Legal Studies (La Trobe University) and French Language Training Program (Aix-en-Provence, France)

Caroline provides employment advice to both employees and employers, who range from small businesses to large-scale companies. She is able to assist clients with various legal issues, from drafting comprehensive employment agreements to preparing submissions for presentation to the Fair Work Commission.

 Caroline has also previously volunteered at a community legal centre, which focused on providing legal information and advice to employees regarding their workplace rights.

 In addition, Caroline has considerable experience in Property Law and Conveyancing, having worked for a leading National law firm prior to joining Nevett Ford.

Caron Easton


Caron Easton


Position: Lawyer

Practice Area:  Family Law, Litigation and Workplace Relations

Languages: English

Education & Qualifications: Bachelor of Applied Science, LLB; 

Caron was admitted to Legal Practice in September 2016.  She has worked in the family law industry for many years in a number of major firms and has significant experience with litigation and family issues.  She also worked as a paralegal within Family Law whilst studying, meaning Caron has a thorough understanding  of practice and procedure in the area.

Prior to commencing her legal career Caron ran her own business. She has a background in physical/outdoor education, also enjoying training and has accompanied groups on overseas adventures such as trekking Kokoda and Mt Kilimanjaro.  Caron has four adult children and a supportive husband, and looks forward to working with you.

Claire Stratton


Claire Stratton


Position: Lawyer

Practice Area:  Litigation and Migration Appeals

Education & Qualifications: LLB, Deakin University, Bachelor of Commerce (International Trade and Economic Policy), Deakin University

Area of Expertise: Migration Appeals and Litigation

Professional Memberships: Law Institute of Victoria

MARN: 1795042

Claire is a member of the litigation practice group with a particular focus on migration litigation (merits and judicial review), institutional abuse and inquests.

Crystal Qin


Crystal Qin


Position:  Lawyer

Practice Area: Commercial and Property Law

Education & Qualifications: Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Commerce, University of Adelaide

Paraprofessional Interpreter between the English and Mandarin languages License CPN2QW28O, NAATI.

Professional Memberships: Law Institute of Victoria

Crystal has a demonstrated history of working in the commercial and property legal services industry. Skilled in contract disputes, off the plan development acting for both vendors and purchasers, FIRB disputes together with a variety of other property matters. Other experience including but not limited to advising on trusts, financial agreements, business conveyancing, commercial disputes, building contract disputes etc.

Prior to joining Nevett Ford, Crystal was employed as a full time property Solicitor working in all areas of property law.

Crystal has also worked in hospitality and education industries prior to becoming a lawyer, where she gained a track record of customer service experience and leadership qualities. Outside her work, Crystal regularly participates in the entertainment industry as a commercial talent and has a great interest in animal welfare and animal protection.

Bonita Wong


Bonita Wong



Position:
  Lawyer

Practice Area: Immigration Law

Education & Qualifications: LLB (Bachelor of Laws), University of Queensland

Languages: Native proficiency in spoken English, Cantonese and Mandarin; written English and Traditional/Simplified Chinese

MARN: 1792821

Bonita is a member of our Immigration Law Practice Group and provides advice to corporate clients and individual private clients on all matters related to Australian immigration law, including reviews at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) and Federal Courts.

Prior to specialising in immigration law, Bonita also worked in various areas of law including commercial, property and finance law. She strives to constantly expand her skills and deepen her expertise, and is committed to providing the best solutions to her clients

Greg Doran


Greg Doran


Position: Associate Director

Practice Area: Litigation and Workplace Relations

Education and Qualifications: LLB, University of Melbourne

Area of Expertise: Litigation, Dispute Resolution, Workplace relations and Mediation

Professional Memberships: Law Institute of Victoria

Greg is a senior member of the Litigation Practice Group and specialises in resolving clients' claims with a focus on commercial disputes, personal injury, workplace relations and disputed estates.  Greg spent four years as a Barrister and has practiced law for thirty years.

During his free time, Greg also is a volunteer at the Moonee Valley Legal Service.

Helen Zheng


Helen Zheng


Position: Special Counsel

Practice Area:  Immigration Law

Education & Qualifications: B. Eng, M. Eng , Xi'an Jiaotong University, China, LLB, Monash University, Australia,

Area of Expertise: Immigration, Foreign Investment in Australia

Professional Memberships: Law Institute of Victoria, Law Council of Australia, Australia China Business Council

MARN: 0003327

Helenis a senior member of our Immigration Law Practice Group and the Head of our China Department.

She has significant skills and experience in business skilled migration visas, employer sponsored temporary and permanent visas, general skilled migration visas, family migration visas, student visas and citizenship.

Helen has also advised and represented a large number of clients to successfully appeal to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT), Federal Circuit Courts, Federal Court and to seek Ministerial intervention.

As a fluent speaker of Chinese Mandarin, Helen often advises and represents clients from China and other Asian countries and regions.

Lauren Slack


Lauren Slack


Position: Senior Lawyer

Practice Area: Immigration Law

Education and Qualifications: LLB, Queensland University of Technology, Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, College of Law NSW, Graduate Certificate in Australian Migration Law & Practice, Australian National University.

MARN: 0957855

Lauren is a member of the Immigration Law Practice Group and is committed to providing tailored immigration solutions to her clients.  Lauren works with clients to establish their goals, identify suitable strategies and work towards a successful outcome for all concerned.

Whether it is working with major multinational corporations to manage their visa holding population; assisting an SME requiring a one-off visa solution; or guiding an individual visa applicant who knows their desired outcome but not the process to get there, Lauren can provide professional solutions to a range of immigration problems. 

Mei Ngo


Mei Ngo


Mei Ngo

Position: Lawyer

Practice Area:  Family Law, Wills and Estate Planning and Probate Law

Education & Qualifications: LLB, University of Tasmania

Professional Memberships: Law Institute of Victoria,

Mei provides family law parenting matter, probate and estate advice.  Mei’s background is in a fast and efficient practice managing among the most challenging and complex parenting matters that confront the Family Law Courts of Australia.  

In addition, Mei has a history of volunteer work with the Women's Legal Service and is currently volunteering at Southport Community Legal Service.

Melissa Vincenty


Melissa Vincenty


Position: Senior Lawyer

Practice Area:  US Immigration Law

Education & Qualifications: Juris Doctorate and Pacific Asian Legal Studies Certificate, William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Bachelors of Arts, International Service and Development and Chinese Studies, World College West

Professional Memberships: Australian Registered Foreign Lawyer, Hawaii State Bar Association (HSBA), American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Former Secretary Hawaii Chapter, AILA Bangkok District Chapter Treasurer &,Executive Committee (Current), Former Chair of Membership and USCIS Liaison Committees, American Chamber of Commerce, American Bar Association (ABA), National Lawyers Guild.

MARN: 1569311

Melissa is a senior member of the Immigration Law Practice Group and head of the U.S. Immigration Practice Group for the firm.

Melissa provides specialist US immigration advice and visa assistance to our corporate clients and individual private clients in all aspects of US Immigration Law.

In addition, Melissa has extensive experience advising entrepreneurs and start-up companies with a special focus on the IT, manufacturing, engineering and educational industries.

Prior to joining Nevett Ford, Melissa was a senior associate in a leading global immigration law firm in Sydney and prior to that was owner of a private immigration law firm in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Melissa is fluent in English, German and Mandarin.

 

Mira Yannicos


Mira Yannicos


Position: Special Counsel

Practice Area:  Immigration Law

Education & Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws, University of Melbourne, Accredited Immigration Law Specialist

Area of Expertise: Immigration, Global Mobility

Professional Memberships: Law Institute of Victoria

MARN: 0532134

As an Accredited Immigration Law Specialist and registered migration agent in Australia, Mira has over 20 years’ of in depth knowledge in all aspects of immigration law ranging from corporate immigration to acting for individuals across all visa categories to judicial and merits review of administrative decisions for the Department of Immigration. 
During the last 10 years in the global mobility industry and in Mira’s role as a senior manager with operational and strategic responsibilities with a focus on Asia Pacific and Middle East, she focused on global immigration and compliance across developed and emerging jurisdictions.
Mira is passionate about this field and strives to provide proactive, innovative, seamless and value add solutions to organisations and individuals in this ever-changing and increasingly complex world of mobility where evolving legislation and new practices make this area an ongoing challenge for all involved. 

Nathan Xu


Nathan Xu


Position: Senior Lawyer

Practice Area:  Property & Commercial Law

Education & Qualifications: LLB, University of Tasmania, Bachelor of Information Systems, University of Tasmania, Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, University of Tasmania, Graduate of the Royal Military College Duntroon

Professional Memberships: Law Institute of Victoria, Australian Defence Force

Nathan is a senior member of the Property & Commercial Law Practice Group and is currently leading our China Conveyancing team. 

Nathan provides advice in all aspects of property and commercial matters for our corporate clients and private individual clients. He acts for purchasers and vendors in residential and commercial properties, leasing, off-the plan contracts.  He is experienced in reviewing building contracts, FIRB and stamp duty advice and acting for foreign clients.

Nathan advises in joint venture, shareholder and loan agreements often, as well as providing advice on company structures particularly if the entity has foreign owners.

Nathan is fluent in English and Mandarin.

Peter Lumb


Peter Lumb


Position: Associate Director

Practice Area: Commercial Law, Wills and Estate Planning and Probate Law

Education and Qualifications: LLB, University of Melbourne

Area of Expertise: Commercial and Corporate Law, Property Law, Wills and estate planning

Professional Memberships: Law Institute of Victoria, Law Australasia

Peter leads the Commercial and Property Law Practice Group and provides experienced commercial legal advice to property developers, joint venture partners and investors with a focus on creating the most appropriate documentation to give effect to agreed arrangements between the relevant parties.

His particular experience is in providing advice and documenting transactions for both complex commercial undertakings and business arrangements for business clients ranging from small businesses to substantial privately owned enterprises.

Additionally, Peter provides specialist estate and succession planning advice, assisting clients with appropriate wills and associated estate planning documentation tailored to their circumstances.

Richard Hamilton


Richard Hamilton


Position: Senior Lawyer

Practice Area:  Family Law

Education & Qualifications: Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Australian National University, Juris Doctor, University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Science (Physics), University of Melbourne, BA (Linguistics), University of Melbourne, Advanced Mediation Skills & Theory, University of Melbourne.

Professional Memberships: Law Institute of Victoria

Richard leads the Family Law practice group.  Richard appears in trials, mediations and procedural hearings regularly in the Federal Circuit Court and Family Court of Australia to represent clients in respect of their family law matters on both financial and child related issues.

Richard has completed accreditation as a mediator and has a reputation of being able to resolve matters before trial.  Richard has much experience in complex high value matters; involving disputes to business valuations, identifying hidden assets, taxation consequences for financial settlements and engaging experts where necessary to dispute opposing parties’ arguments.

Richard’s child law practice has seen him advise on issues such as special needs children, instances of past and protection against future child abuse, psychological assessments of parents and other potential child carers.

Richard is fluent in French.

Shea Rowell


Shea Rowell


Position: Senior Lawyer

Practice Area:  Litigation Law

Education & Qualifications: LLB, Deakin University

Professional Memberships: Law Institute of Victoria

Shea is a senior member of the Litigation Practice Group.

Shea provides specialist legal advice for our corporate clients, including an international charitable institution, in personal injury matters with a specific focus on institutional abuse.

Shea has experience across most civil jurisdictions in Australia, and provides advice to her clients in regards to State Inquiries and Royal Commission matters.

Stuart Wilson


Stuart Wilson


Stuart Wilson

Position:  Senior Lawyer

Practice Area:  Commercial and Property Law

Education & Qualifications: Master of Laws (Queensland University of Technology), Bachelor of Laws (University of Queensland), Bachelor of Arts (University of Queensland) and Graduate Certificate in Project Management (University of South Australia).

Professional Memberships: Law Institute of Victoria, a Certificated Member of the Governance Institute of Australia and a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel, Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association and Applied Property Development Institute.

Stuart  was admitted as a solicitor in January 2000 and gained broad experience in property, business, corporate and finance matters under the tutelage of several accredited specialists in private practice for over 10 years. He then transitioned to a position as in-house counsel and board advisor for an financial and property investment business, where he also acted as the development manager of several property projects and served as a member of the executive strategy team and company secretary.

His areas of practice are primarily:

  • Property development advice

  • Contract advice (of various types including asset sales and acquisitions, partnerships and ventures and other property and business-related activities)

  • Leasing

  • Business transactions

  • Advice on funding and finance activities

  • Corporate transactions including share issues, transfers and buybacks.

  • Corporate governance, board processes and directors’ duties.

Stuart has passions for property development as well as travel, and spends the rest of his spare time reading, working on his golf game and sailing.

Tarryn Jeffery


Tarryn Jeffery


Position: Graduate Lawyer

Practice Area:  Litigation and Workplace Relations, Not for Profit

Education & Qualifications: Juris Doctor, University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Politics & International Studies), University of Melbourne, Introduction to Coding (Python), University of Melbourne

Tarryn has studied in both Paris and Amsterdam. She has experience assisting workers with their workplace rights, as well as undertaking legal research and advocacy for Amnesty International.

Since joining Nevett Ford, Tarryn has co-authored a paper on bullying and harassment in religious institutions with Director and head of the Litigation and Workplace Relations team, Philip Brewin. 

Amandeep Sahota


Amandeep Sahota


Position: Conveyancing Clerk

Practice Area:  Property and Conveyancing

Education & Qualifications: LLB (Hons) Law, Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (University of Law)

Amandeep assists our clients with the sale or purchase of residential properties as well assisting in large scale development transactions.

Chloe Wang


Chloe Wang


Position: Client Relations Administrative Assistant

Practice Area:  Immigration

Languages: Mandarin and English

Education & Qualifications: Master of Professional Accounting

Chloe assists the migration team with corporate client relationships, particularly with Chinese and other foreign nationals or companies for business migration advice.

Lily Cheng


Lily Cheng


Position: Conveyancer

Practice Area:  Property and Conveyancing

Languages: English, Mandarin and Cantonese

Education & Qualifications: Bachelor of Information System (University of Tasmania); Master of Accounting (University of Tasmania)

Lily has a wealth of experience in running sale or purchase files for properties from start to finish, preparing Section 32 documentation and Contracts of Sale and taking care of the wide variety of communications required with all interested parties in property transactions.

Melonee Davies


Melonee Davies


Position: Paralegal

Practice Area:  Litigation and Workplace Relations, Dispute Resolution & Mediation

Education & Qualifications: Certificate IV in Legal Services and Certificate III in Business

Melonee assists our dispute resolution & mediation, litigation, and employer & workplace relations team with administrative support and will often be an important point of contact.

Michelle Zhou


Michelle Zhou


Position:  Senior Migration Agent

Practice Area:  Immigration Law

Education & Qualifications: Graduate Diploma in Immigration Law BA.

Professional Memberships: MARA and MIA.

MARN: 1279138

Michelle has expertise in providing a wide range of Australian immigration law and policy advice to our corporate clients and individual private clients, particularly all temporary and skilled work visas and partner visas.

Michelle is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

Shalini Kodikara


Shalini Kodikara


Position: Migration Paralegal

Practice Area:  Immigration

Education & Qualifications: 

Shalini assists the migration teams across Australian, US and Corporate migration and provides important support services to every member of the group.

Stacey Raphael


Stacey Raphael


Position: Family Law Paralegal

Area:  Family Law

Languages: English

Education & Qualifications: RMIT University, Bachelor of Social Science (Legal & Dispute Studies) and RMIT University, Advanced Diploma of Legal Practice

Stacey assists the Family and Relationships team and provides support in relation to financial and child related issues, as well as parenting matters, probate and estate.

Stacey has been in the legal field since December 2012. She has prior experience in Personal Injury, in particular Superannuation Insurance claims (Total and Permanent Disability and Income Protection) and has also briefly worked in Merger & Acquisition in Corporate law. 

Susan Craig


Susan Craig


Position: Commercial Paralegal

Practice Area:  Commercial Team

Susan delivers a comprehensive range of support to the Corporate and Business practice group.

Susan assists the Corporate and Business team and provides support in relation to a comprehensive range of commercial matters including general corporate advice, business structuring, commercial agreements, sale and acquisition of businesses, trusts, tax advice, as well as buying and selling of commercial properties and development sites.

Xixi Huang


Xixi Huang


Position: Conveyancing Clerk

Practice Area:  Property and Conveyancing

Languages: Mandarin

Education & Qualifications: BA, Capital Normal University (China), Masters of Social Science, RMIT.

Xixi assists our foreign clients with the sale or purchase of residential properties.