With extensive experience with the Department of Immigration, most recently as an Assistant Director at the Independent Protection Assessment Office, Rebecca brings unique skills to the firm. Rebecca has also held positions with the Migration Review Tribunal and Refugee Review Tribunal, the Australian Human Rights Commission and the Federal Attorney-General’s Office. She has provided legal services to many refugee clients as a manager in an overseas non-government organisation in Cairo, Egypt where she lived for several years.
Rebecca recently completed a Master of Law degree from the University of London.
There are a few skills which make for a good lawyer. These include the ability to analyse facts, and the ability to identify a suitable legal process to achieve the desired result. Another is the ability to communicate - to persuade others - and also to keep clients informed of progress in their matters. Experience is also necessary. Finally, a good lawyer needs good administrative support and good colleagues to work with.
Suzi Abi Mikhael has all these qualities and resources. Her experience in migration law includes providing representation in a wide variety of visa applications, including onshore and offshore skilled migration, employer sponsored, business, family, student, visitor and refugee/humanitarian classes.
Suzi has also represented clients at the Migration Review Tribunal, Refugee Review Tribunal and Federal Court, and with Ministerial Intervention requests, giving her invaluable experience as an advocate for her clients.
Further, Suzi has also acted as a Team Leader for Taskforces undertaken by this firm as a provider of visa application services to refugees. These services are sponsored by the Department of Immigration under the Immigration Application Advice and Assistance Scheme. In this role Suzi has been very effective in communicating her clients’ claims to be Department of Immigration decision-makers.
Tina is an Associate of the firm, and brings a breadth of experience to our immigration law private practice. Having previously worked for one of the leading specialist immigration law firms in Sydney has exposed her to a very wide range of clients and issues, from family and skilled migration, refugee and humanitarian cases, employer sponsorship through to business migration.
Her involvement in numerous representative cases and migration litigation in the Federal Court and High Court of Australia has also given her important experience in related administrative law areas.
Tina frequently appears before the Migration Review Tribunal and Refugee Review Tribunal in complex immigration matters and presents as a confident and articulate advocate for her clients.
She has also previously volunteered with Aboriginal Legal Services and assisted the Public Interest Law Clearing House (PILCH) in their Offshore Asylum Seeker Project.
Tina combines a genuine commitment to social justice and civil and human rights with a solid grounding in the practicalities of the law.
Ivana Djoneski is an Associate of the firm, was admitted as a Solicitor in 2011, and is also a Registered Migration Agent.
Before joining our firm, Ivana worked for a leading immigration law firm in Sydney, and has substantial experience advising and acting for commercial and private clients.
Ivana has assisted multiple small to medium businesses, as well as large corporations, with obtaining visas for foreign workers on a temporary and permanent basis. In addition, she has experience with business compliance relating to visa applications, such as responding to notices and requests, and monitoring findings from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
Ivana has helped many individuals in their personal applications through various streams including partner, parent, student and general skilled migration. She has also assisted with Tribunal and Federal Court matters, Ministerial Intervention applications, and applications involving complex matters such as health and character issues.
Vanessa Downing was admitted as a solicitor in 2006 and has worked with Craddock Murray Neumann ever since.
Vanessa has acted in many of the firm’s matters that fall under the Immigration Application Advice Assistance Scheme (IAAAS), a Federal Government scheme that involves assisting international refugees with their applications for visas to stay in Australia.
Vanessa is dedicated to assisting clients wherever possible, and to understanding their individual situation, circumstances and cultural background. Working extensively in refugee and general immigration law, Vanessa has established a sound knowledge of the political situations in our clients’ countries of origin. Vanessa uses her details understanding of our clients’ cases to present thorough and persuasive applications to the Department of Immigration, the Immigration Review Tribunal and the Refugee Review Tribunal.
In addition to her role with Craddock Murray Neumann, Vanessa is continuing with a successful acting career that involves both theatre and television work.
Wenny is a Solicitor and Registered Migration Agent in our immigration law private practice. Having previously worked for another leading specialist immigration law practice in Sydney, Wenny has significant experience with a broad range of migration visas and also brings her dedication to providing high-quality services to clients.
Wenny has particular experience with obtaining employer sponsored visas on a temporary and permanent basis in a wide range of industries, including financial, information, educational and medical services.
She also has in-depth experience with skilled migration visas, family visas (including partner, parent and carer visas), training and research visas and the distinguished talent visa.
Wenny is also skilled in advising on pathways to permanent residency from student, graduate or temporary work visas.
In addition to her immigration knowledge and expertise, Wenny applies her rigorous analytical and advocacy skills to more complex immigration matters, such as matters involving health or character issues or applications for Ministerial intervention.
Prior to her work in immigration law, Wenny gained significant advocacy experience in the not-for-profit sector and has previously volunteered at Redfern Legal Centre and the Aboriginal Legal Services.
Douglas McDonald has worked at Craddock Murray Neumann Lawyers since March 2010, initially as a paralegal and now as a solicitor and migration agent.
Douglas practices principally in refugee law, immigration law and administrative law. During his time with Craddock Murray Neumann, he has helped hundreds of asylum seekers in their applications for protection in Australia.
As our chief submission-writer, Douglas drafts detailed submissions to the Department of Immigration and the Refugee Review Tribunal, outlining and corroborating our clients’ claims for protection. He has written articles on refugee law and policy for the Alternative Law Journal and the National Law School of India Review.
Douglas graduated from the University of Technology, Sydney with a Bachelor of Laws receiving first class honours - and the University Medal! - and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication.
During his time at UTS, he served as a member of the University Council and of the Law Faculty Board, and as Secretary of the UTS Students’ Association. In 2011, he was awarded the prestigious Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Award; through this Award, he studied at the National Law School of India University and worked with the Alternative Law Forum in Bangalore.
Douglas has volunteered with the Macarthur Legal Centre, NSW Legal Aid, Josephite Community Aid, the St Vincent de Paul Society and the Australian Red Cross.
In his spare time, Douglas is a freelance researcher specialising in Indian law, politics and history.
Mahsa is a solicitor with experience in the Litigation, Family Law, Property and Immigration Departments of the firm.
Mahsa’s father was a diplomat who served in a number of countries, hence her language skills; she is fluent in written and spoken Persian (Farsi) and Spanish, and also speaks Italian and French.
Mahsa has experience in major litigation, including matters in the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, the High Court of Australia, and the Local, District and Industrial Courts. She has been involved in a number of very successful mediations.
Mahsa is friendly, charming and approachable (and she did not write this profile). She has a strong following from clients and has excellent working relationships with barristers, expert accountants, engineers, and psychiatrists.
Mahsa has sense of fairness and is like a bloodhound when it comes to digging up evidence. She understands the difficulties associated with court cases, including the emotional and financial stresses involved. Mahsa takes pride in assisting clients through this difficult process and will, where possible, use her dispute resolution skills to resolve matters before they go to court.
Ramtin Towdiee is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.
Ramtin practices principally in immigration law and has appeared before the Migration Review Tribunal, the Refugee Review Tribunal, Administrative Appeals Tribunal and the Federal Magistrate’s Court on numerous occasions.
With extensive experience appearing before the Tribunals, Ramtin is able to provide legal as well as practical advice to clients and is able to advocate effectively on their behalf.
Prior to joining Craddock Murray Neumann Ramtin was employed in a corporate immigration law firm advising and assisting clients with their Skilled Temporary or Permanent (Subclass 457, 189, 186 and 190) visa applications.
Ramtin is adept at advocating for and representing clients in complex immigration matters involving health or character issues, and also visa cancellation cases including Student Visa and Partner Visa cancellations.
Ramtin can also assist with onshore and offshore skilled migration, employer nomination, business (including investor visa), family (including partner and parent) visa applications and humanitarian/refugee visas.
Ramtin also provides practical advice in relation to Australia’s complex and fast changing immigration law, including pathways from student or temporary skilled visas to permanent residency.
Rachel has been working at Craddock Murray Neumann Lawyers since June 2011. She has been admitted to the New South Wales Supreme Court as a solicitor and is also a registered migration agent.
Rachel graduated from Macquarie University with a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Laws, and also holds a Master of Laws from Sydney University. She has extensive experience in various visa types including refugee and family visas, drafting submissions to the Department of Immigration and Migration and Refugee Review Tribunal, and has been instrumental in achieving numerous successful visa applications.
She is friendly, approachable, patient and enjoys meeting people from all walks of life.