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Anne O'Donoghue

Anne O'Donoghue

Immigration Solutions LawyersWorld Tower Commercial SuitesSuite 1304, 87-89 Liverpool StreetSydneyAustraliaNSW 2000

Thought Leader

WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

WWL says

Anne O’Donoghue stands out among peers who commend her expert handling of complex immigration matters for clients across a range of sectors, from construction to media.

Questions & Answers

Anne O’Donoghue is an accredited immigration law specialist and registered migration agent with over 25 years of experience. She is the director and principal lawyer of Immigration Solutions Lawyers. Anne has been listed in WWL: Corporate Immigration for nine consecutive years. In 2019, she was appointed a member of the IBA’s presidential task force on the refugee crisis initiative. She was also a winner of the 2019 Lawyer’s Weekly Migration Partner of the Year Award and awarded a “highly commended” at the Law Society of NSW President’s Medal 2019.

How has the corporate immigration market changed since you first started practising?

I have definitely witnessed the strong movement of globalisation. I have seen corporate immigration law continue to transform, as it now plays an important role in the globalisation of the country. The demand for temporary and permanent entry into Australia has been evidenced by the constantly growing amount of corporate visa applications that we have handled over the years.

The Department of Home Affairs has also experienced significant progression in terms of technological and digital processing. Lodgement, assessment and decision-making on applications are online. This has undeniably created a more integrated and transparent approach to information, data sharing and data matching.

What do you enjoy most about practising in the corporate immigration space?

I enjoy corporate immigration as it entails an array of legislative, security, social, business, cultural and international issues.

Every single client I encounter has very different complications and concerns, which surely demands individualised counsel to help them and their families find the solution to their immigration issues. The ability to help my clients navigate the complex immigration process to ascertain their desired career and destination is something I remain very passionate about. Many immigrants are taken advantage of by virtue of lack of information or language skills, and my ambition was to fill the gap for these individuals.

How has your role as co-chair of the IBA immigration and nationality law committee enhanced your practice?

My role as co-chair of the IBA immigration and nationality law committee has been an excellent opportunity to broaden my international network and internationalise the practice of immigration law. It has provided me with a global platform to receive input and updates about immigration laws – not only those of my practising jurisdiction but also immigration laws and procedures of other jurisdictions.

This has been accomplished through my involvement as co-moderator of the IBA presidential taskforce showcase session in Seoul, on the topic of the creation of an international refugee visa and a model of protection for refugee and migrant children. This showcase was hugely successful. It brought together prominent immigration and human rights scholars and practitioners from across the globe to bring about a synergistic response to the global crisis of failings in child protection for migrant and refugee children.

I have been able to continue to advance the work of the immigration and nationality law committee beyond the field of corporate immigration, applying the skills and knowledge of immigration lawyers to the compelling issues of law and policy reform now encountered by refugee and child protection lawyers.

What role do corporate immigration lawyers play in identifying modern slavery issues?

The legal profession will have a significant part to play in preventing modern slavery, as they will be the primary point of contact for the Australian modern slavery requirements. The modern slavery reporting requirements are designed to strengthen Australia’s response to modern slavery, which has an impact on both Australians and overseas workers in Australia. It requires Australian entities, and foreign entities operating in Australia, to submit modern slavery statements in every 12-month period where their annual revenue is at least A$100 million.

Corporate immigration lawyers can be trained to understand modern slavery in today’s context and examine the impact of Australian modern slavery legislation on companies.

This identification of modern slavery issues can include conducting audits of supply chains; creating internal policies and corporate governance guidelines regarding modern slavery; and reviewing draft modern slavery statements to ensure compliance.

You have extensive experience advising high-net-worth clients. What do they look for in an effective corporate immigration lawyer?

To be an effective corporate immigration lawyer requires taking time to understand the clients’ needs, and afford them with clear and succinct advice to resolve their individual circumstances. It is also essential to be knowledgeable on global trends and best practices.

What have been your greatest achievements in 2019?

My greatest achievement in 2019 was being appointed co-chair of the IBA’s immigration and nationality law committee, and attending the IBA annual conference where I co-moderated the IBA’s presidential task force showcase session on the child refugee crisis. This interactive session was very positively received and attended by the international legal community.

In this year I was also recognised as winner of the Lawyer’s Weekly Partner of the Year award, in the migration category, and awarded a “highly commended” at the Law Society of NSW President’s Medal 2019.

What does the future of work in the corporate immigration space look like?

The benefits of technology have certainly resulted in greater efficiencies in the workplace.

We have experienced substantial immigration law reform as part of the government’s long-term plan to “strengthen the integrity and quality of Australia’s temporary and permanent sponsored skilled migration programmes”. The legislative changes seek to strengthen the integrity and quality of Australia’s skilled migration programmes while providing anti—discriminatory and anti-modern slavery safeguards for Australian employees.

You have enjoyed a very distinguished career so far. What would you like to achieve that you have not yet accomplished?

I am very passionate about advocating for the health and wellbeing aspect of legal practice, as well as continuing my agenda on protection of migrant and refugee children at risk.

Global Leader

Corporate Immigration 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Anne O'Donoghue is a highly distinguished name in Australia and across Asia. She has deep and varied experience advising high-net-worth individuals on Australian immigration law.

Biography

Anne O’Donoghue is an accredited immigration law specialist and registered migration agent, with over 26 years of experience. She is the director and principal lawyer of Immigration Solutions Lawyers (ISL). Anne is acknowledged as one of Australia’s leading immigration law specialists.

Anne was admitted to practise in the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1981, the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1987 and the High Court of New South Wales in 1982. Anne has been recognised on multiple occasions as an advocate for women in business, and for her work as an active leader in the field of immigration law.

In 1998, Anne received her specialist accreditation as an immigration lawyer from the NSW Law Society. Anne has been a member of the specialist accreditation advisory committee of the NSW Law Society since September 2015. Anne is a member of the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration (AIJA) and the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and has also served as treasurer of the international law section (ILS) of the Law Council of Australia (LCA) (2012-2016). Anne was delighted to become a member of the global migration section of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

In December 2012, Anne was appointed as a member of the LCA’s ILS executive. In December 2019, Anne was appointed as a co-chair of the LCA’s international human rights committee. Anne has been invited to chair a session on modern slavery at the Law Council Australia Migration Conference in Melbourne in March 2020. Also in 2020, Anne will be working with her colleagues on a Law Council submission in response to the Public Consultation Paper on the National Action Plan to Combat Modern Slavery 2020-2024.  

On 1 January 2019, Anne was appointed co-chair of the immigration and nationality law committee of the International Bar Association (IBA) for a two-year term. Anne has been an IBA member since 2002. In 2019, Anne was also appointed a member of the IBA Presidential Task Force on the Refugee Crisis Initiative, A Child Rights Response to Child Migration and Migrant Children at Risk. Anne was a co-moderator of the Showcase session presented at the 2019 IBA Conference in Seoul. Anne was also a co-moderator of the IBA’s Seoul session on stateless children in collaboration with the family law committee. The INCL is the lead committee for this session and was delighted to be working with the family law committee. In the same year, Anne achieved a high commendation for the NSW Law Society’s President’s Medal for her work on the IBA Presidential Taskforce in Seoul.

Given the positive feedback received in regard to the Presidential Showcase session in Seoul, the Presidential Taskforce secured a continuation of this project for the IBA Annual Conference in Miami 2020.

Anne has developed her strong international affiliations through the IBA for 18 years. Anne has chaired a panel on The Hague Convention at the IBA Annual Conference in Tokyo (2014); delivered a presentation on the SIV in Beijing at the Australian China Trade and Investment Expo (2014); spoke at the UIA 58th Congress in Florence (2014); chaired a session at the CPD LCA Immigration Law Conference (2015); co-chaired a session at the IBA Conference in Washington (2016); co-chaired a session of the IBA conference in Sydney (2017); served as panellist and speaker at the Global Immigration Conference in London (2017); contributed to the LegalWise Migration Law seminar on corporate responsibility and human rights (2018); co-chaired a session at the IBA conference in Rome (2018); and presented at the UNSW law programme on merits review applications and the MRD of the AAT (2019). Anne was invited to co-chair a session at the Biennial Immigration Conference in London 2019 and was delighted to be co-chair a session with Greg Siskind on the topic, “Corporate immigration law practice management: 60 tips in 90 minutes”. In May 2020, Anne will be attending the 15th Anniversary Bar Leaders Conference in Lithuania.

Anne is also an experienced writer and co-authored the Australia chapter of The Corporate Immigration Review, now in its ninth edition.  Anne also makes valuable contributions to the Global Business Immigration Handbook.  

Anne has been listed in WWL: Corporate Immigration for 10 consecutive years (2011-2020). In 2019 and 2020, Anne was invited to feature in WWL Thought Leaders: Corporate Immigration. Anne has been a finalist at the Lawyers Weekly’s Partner of the Year Awards, in the migration category, for two consecutive years (2017 and 2018); in 2019, Anne won the Lawyers Weekly Migration Partner of the Year Award.

National Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Anne O'Donoghue is a “great practitioner” with extensive expertise chairing key immigration bodies and assisting clients on a range of matters, from immigration applications to sponsorship obligations. 

Biography

Anne O’Donoghue is an accredited immigration law specialist and registered migration agent, with over 27 years of experience. She is the director and principal lawyer of Immigration Solutions Lawyers (ISL). Anne is acknowledged as one of Australia’s leading immigration law specialists.

Anne was admitted to practise in the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1981, the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1987 and the High Court of New South Wales in 1982. Anne has been recognised on multiple occasions as an advocate for women in business, and for her work as an active leader in the field of immigration law.

In 1998, Anne received her specialist accreditation as an immigration lawyer from the NSW Law Society. Anne has been a member of the specialist accreditation advisory committee of the NSW Law Society since September 2015. Anne was delighted to become a member of the global migration section of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

Anne has also served as treasurer of the international law section (ILS) of the Law Council of Australia (LCA) (2012-2016). In December 2012, Anne was appointed as a member of the Law Council of Australia’s (LCA) International Law Section (ILS) Executive. Anne is presently appointed as a Co-Chair of the ILS, Human Rights Committee of the LCA. Anne has been appointed as a co-chair of the LCA’s international human rights committee from December 2019. In 2020, Anne worked and contributed on a submission for the Law Council of Australia in response to the Public Consultation Paper on the National Action Plan to Combat Modern Slavery 2020-24. During 2020, Anne also worked on the Law Council of Australia Submission on the Inquiry into Human Rights of Women and Girls in the Pacific for the International Law Section in her capacity as an Executive member of the ILS. Given Anne’s extensive experience in this area, she will also be chairing an LCA Webinar on Modern Slavery as part of the ILS International Law and Practice Course on modern slavery scheduled for 17 November 2020.

On the 1 January 2019, Anne was appointed Co-Chair of the Immigration and Nationality Law Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA). Anne has been an IBA member since 2002. In 2019, Anne was appointed a member of the IBA’s Presidential Task Force on the Refugee Crisis Initiative, A Child Rights Response to Child Migration and Migrant Children at Risk. Anne was a Co-Moderator of the Showcase session which was presented at the 2019 IBA Conference in Seoul. On the 24 October 2019, Anne achieved a high commendation for the NSW Law Society’s Presidents Medal for her work on the IBA Presidential Taskforce in Seoul. Anne was also awarded the Lawyer’s Weekly Migration Partner of the Year Award in 2019. Anne was subsequently invited to chair a session on modern slavery at the Law Council Australia Migration Conference in Melbourne in March 2020. Given the positive feedback received on the Presidential Showcase session in Seoul, the Presidential Taskforce has secured a continuation of this project for the IBA 2020 – Virtually Together Conference (26 November 2020) titled Presidential Task Force continuation: the emergency evacuation visa and protocol for migrant children.

On 24 January 200, Anne O’Donoghue was appointed as a member of the Professional Ethics Committee Advisory Board of the IBA.

During 2020, Anne has hosted and organised key international Webinars on the topic of global modern slavery under COVID-19. Anne has completed 2 series of webinars on Modern Slavery, including one which focused on the effects of Covid-19 on Modern Slavery: Migrant Smuggling and Human Trafficking from an Interpol Prosecutions perspective. On 6 August 2020, Anne participated in a Webinar on the topic of Social Justice and Development under Covid-19 (International Perspective). This featured notable international speakers Francisco Roggero and Bianca Jagger as it explored the impact of Covid-19 on modern slavery in Central America.

Anne has been invited to participate in a Virtual Roundtable event for Corporate Livewire which will be live in September 2020. The event focuses on the effects of Covid-19 on the victims of modern slavery and how corporate supply chains have been impacted.

Anne is also an experienced writer and co-authored the Australia chapter of The Corporate Immigration Review, now in its tenth edition. In 2020, Anne contributed towards the Expert Analysis Chapter titled Global Overview on Modern Slavery and Corporate Supply Chain Compliance published by the ICLG Corporate Immigration Guide 2020. Anne also contributed her opinions on an article of the IBA Global Insight Magazine on Covid-19: Emergency travel bans raise immigration concerns written by Jennifer Sadler-Venis. Anne has been listed in WWL: Corporate Immigration for 11 consecutive years (2011-2020). Since 2019, Anne was invited to feature in WWL Thought Leaders: Corporate Immigration (2019, 2020, 2021). Anne has been a finalist at the Lawyers Weekly’s Partner of theYear Awards, in the migration category, for two consecutive years (2017 and 2018); in 2019, Anne won the Lawyers Weekly Migration Partner of the Year Award.

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