Australia: Corporate Immigration 2018

In this chapter, we highlight 16 individuals who stand out for their excellent work advising corporate entities on the immigration and naturalisation of skilled workers.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Matthew Amoils ASG Immigration, Sydney
2. Anne O’Donoghue Immigration Solutions Lawyers, Sydney
3. Arnold Conyer Diamond Conway, Sydney
4. Andrew Cope Cope Migration, Melbourne

International immigration firm Fragomen sees two leading practitioners recognised for their strong expertise in the field.
Alex Paterson is widely respected for her expertise in the immigration space and is frequently engaged by high-profile companies to assist in all aspects of related processes.
Robert Walsh is a standout name in the market, and boasts extensive experience providing immigration advice and visa services to multinational corporations across a range of industries.

Sources “really appreciate” Matthew Amoils at ASG Immigration, who stands out as one of the top practitioners in the country. He is well known for his expertise handling business-related immigration to Australia, the UK and the US.

With more than 25 years’ experience, Anne O’Donoghue of Immigration Solutions Lawyers is famous for her excellent work handling a wide array of immigration issues. Respondents note that she “leads a very strong corporate immigration practice”.

Arnold Conyer at Diamond Conway “has been a fixture in the immigration space for many years” according to sources, and is widely considered by peers and clients alike to be a specialist in the field.

Sources are effusive in their praise of Andrew Cope of Cope Migration, calling him “an absolute star”. He boasts “deep knowledge in the area of immigration law” and is widely recognised as a leader in the field.

Phillip Yip of Phillip Yip & Associates is a top name, receiving accolades for his “very effective, balanced and measured approach” to tackling complex mandates. One impressed commentator notes that he always “goes above and beyond to assist his clients”.

The “outstanding” Maria Jockel of BDO Migration Services is a respected name in the market and is internationally regarded as one of Australia’s leading immigration lawyers. She is “a long-standing specialist”, say sources, who describe her as “a very knowledgeable practitioner”.

Rita Chowdhury at Integrate Legal is a favourite among clients, who note that she “provides service of the highest quality”. She wins praise for her “solution-focused approach” and is recommended as “an expert in the field”.

Sources call Nigel Dobbie at Dobbie and Devine Immigration Lawyers “an extremely good advocate”, remarking that he is “of very high standing in the space”. He is a “leading litigator”, and regularly represents applicants before the Migration Review Tribunal and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

The “excellent” Michael Kah at Kah Lawyers is a long-standing fixture in the market, and garners effusive praise from commentators for his “strong corporate immigration practice”.

Lillian Ajuria at Ajuria Lawyers is a “brilliant” lawyer who is renowned for her dedication to the immigration field. She has wide-ranging experience assisting corporate clients with a range of matters, from employer-sponsored work visas to tribunal appeals.

Solo practitioner Michael Jones is “a high-profile litigator” who is widely respected for his “strong advocacy” in the corporate immigration space.

David Prince at Kinslor Prince Lawyers is “held in very high esteem” by market players, with one calling him “one of my go-to people”. Respondents describe him as “a superb advocate and excellent strategist,” applauding the way he “can break down legislation concisely, accurately and comprehensively”.

Glenn Ferguson AM of Ferguson Cannon Lawyers stands out as a top-tier corporate immigration lawyer, with one impressed peer describing him as “one of the leaders in the profession”.

Lauren Levin at Levin Immigration Law is a deeply experienced lawyer who has advised a wide range of companies on the full spectrum of Australian immigration law matters over her 30-year career.

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