Alex Paterson

Alex Paterson
Level 19
201 Elizabeth Street
NSW 2000
+61 2 8224 8540
+61 2 8224 8500


Who's Who Legal Australia - Corporate Immigration

Alex is co-managing partner of Fragomen’s Australia and New Zealand practice, within the firm’s extensive Asia Pacific operations.

Alex is a dual-qualified solicitor of England and Wales, and Australia, and has practised exclusively in the area of immigration law since 1995. During this time, she has provided legal advice and strategic guidance to some of the world’s largest global companies, in addition to numerous start-ups and small to medium-sized enterprises.

Alex advises companies across a wide range of industries, including financial services, information technology and telecommunications, resources (including oil and gas), as well as professional services organisations, FMCG, business consulting, and engineering/construction businesses.

Alex is acknowledged as a leading immigration lawyer, with particular expertise in developing and implementing regional and global immigration programs, helping companies navigate immigration requirements across the Asia-Pacific region (including key markets such as China, Malaysia and Indonesia) and advising on regional compliance risk, immigration audits and enforcement action scenarios.

In Australia, Alex helps companies access the global talent they need to support their business establishment and growth by advising on the most appropriate immigration pathways, ensuring full compliance with immigration law and policy, and supporting the individual employees and their families with all immigration related requirements. With the sweeping changes announced on 19 April 2017, Alex is advising numerous businesses on impacts from now until March 2018, delivering board briefings and engaging with business leaders to formulate strategy for future workforce planning and critical skills mobility.

Alex is a national trustee of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia and in late 2016 chaired the launch event in Sydney for its highly regarded research report, Migration: The Economic Debate, as well as speaking at the Perth launch event.

Alex is an active speaker, panel contributor and chair at several mobility, legal and HR forums in Australia and internationally. She is also a regular presenter at CPD/CLE sessions, including for Legalwise. Alex has contributed articles to publications including The In-House Lawyer magazine and Financier Worldwide. Prior to her move to the APAC region, Alex was managing partner of Fragomen’s London office.

Alex is a member of the Law Society of New South Wales, the Migration Institute of Australia, the International Bar Association, the Immigration Law Practitioner’s Association and the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association.

Alex was listed in UK Legal Experts in 2010 and 2011, and was referenced in legal directories The Legal 500: UK and Chambers UK. She has been listed in Who’s Who Legal: Corporate Immigration since 2011.

Alex is admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales and as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Western Australia. She was educated at the College of Law, Guildford (Law Society Finals, 1992 and CPE (Law), 1991) and the University of Kent at Canterbury.

WWL says: Alex Paterson is highlighted by sources who consider her “a highly responsive and effective lawyer”.


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