Immigration Lawyers

Michael McCrudden | Senior Immigration Lawyer

Michael is our senior migration lawyer. Michael has worked with a national law firm advising the Department of Immigration on complex migration matters, and has assisted private and corporate clients with a range of visa applications. Michael now manages one of Australia’s largest migration practices.

Michael is an Accredited Specialist in Immigration Law – one of only 35 lawyers with this qualification conferred by the Law Society of NSW.  He holds a Masters degree in law specialising in Administrative and Immigration Law.

Michael has also worked in a number of prominent Sydney CBD firms, gaining experience in contract law and commercial litigation.

The combination of commercial and migration law experience is invaluable when advising businesses and individuals about corporate and business migration strategies.

Michael supports both small and large businesses across a range of industries, managing the migration of their staff into Australia. He assists with the visa application process and developing polices to ensure his clients comply with Australia’s immigration laws.

As the senior migration lawyer, Michael also acts for successful business people and “high-worth” clients who want to migrate to establish a business, to work or to retire in Australia. Michael assists with the transition from temporary to permanent residence by providing comprehensive and clear advice before the initial visa application, and effective representation throughout the visa application process.

Craddock Murray Neumann also provides a wide range of related services to our corporate and business migration clients - including in commercial law, property law, business structuring and litigation.

Qualifications
  • Accredited Specialist, Immigration Law
  • LLB (Masters)
  • MARN 0429447

Rebecca Mikhail | Senior Immigration Lawyer

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.

Qualifications
    • Bachelor of Arts (Anthropology) / Bachelor of Laws (Honours)(Macquarie University)
    • The College of Law, Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
    • Master of Law (University of London)
    • OMARA Registration Number 1279094

Suzi Diab | Senior Immigration Lawyer

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 Diab 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. 

Qualifications
    • Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) / Bachelor of Laws (Macquarie University)
    • The College of Law, Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
    • Training Course in Australian Immigration Law and Practice, The University of New South Wales,
    • OMARA Registration Number 0701671

Vanessa Downing | Immigration Lawyer / Migration Agent

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.

Qualifications

  • BA/LLB
  • MARN 0640768

Danielle Cooper | Immigration Lawyer / Migration Agent

Danielle graduated from the University of Technology, Sydney with First Class Honours and was admitted as a solicitor (lawyer) and migration agent in 2012. Danielle has outstanding research skills. One of her papers was presented at a conference of the United Nations Environment Program (PCFV) in Nairobi, Kenya in October 2011.

Danielle has experience assisting vulnerable and marginalised clients, working with the Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT and Redfern Legal Centre while completing her studies.

Danielle joined Craddock Murray Neumann in 2010 and has experience with:

  • preparing primary applications to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship;
  • assisting clients with appeal proceedings before the Refugee review Tribunal;
  • preparing submissions for review; and
  • preparing submissions for Ministerial intervention in immigration matters, including “character” submissions.
Danielle’s work is outstanding. We welcome her to the practice.
Qualifications
  • LLB (Hons)/BA in Comms (Social Inquiry)
  • Graduate Certificate in Legal Practice
  • Admitted to practice in the NSW Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia
  • Registered Migration Agent (MARN 1277049)

Elizabeth Heaney | Immigration Lawyer / Migration Agent

Elizabeth graduated with first class honours from Auckland University in 2006, and was awarded the Senior Prize in Law.

After graduation Elizabeth worked as a paralegal in the Intellectual Property sections of Gilbert + Tobin and Allens Arthur Robinson, as a Specialist Tutor for My Law Tutor and as a lawyer with Heaney and Co, New Zealand, a boutique firm specialising in insurance and local government liability litigation.

Whilst pursuing her legal career, Elizabeth co-produced and acted in “Brontë”, the first play selected for the “Under the Wharf” independent theatre season in Sydney in 2010, and also appeared as an actor in “The Laramie Project”.

Since joining our firm, Elizabeth has persistent immigration Law matters and has also acted in a variety of litigation matters for private clients. Elizabeth is a good lawyer and able to represent clients effectively.

Qualifications
  • BA/LLB – First Class Honours in Law and an Arts Major in English from the University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • Senior Prize in Law
  • LEADR Prize in Negotiation, Mediation and Dispute Resolution
  • Advanced Diploma in Performing Arts from the Actors Centre, Sydney
  • MARN 1174990

Anna Hutchinson | Immigration Lawyer / Migration Agent

Anna works as a solicitor as part of our Immigration Law Team and also has experience in Family Law.

Anna is well qualified to assist clients with complex family migration cases, including cases involving disputes over custody of children. She is also experienced in assisting vulnerable clients and those who are at risk of family violence.

Anna also has written many submissions to the Department of Immigration and to the Refugee Review Tribunal.

Anna has a commitment to social justice and to assisting those with limited access to the legal system. Before joining our firm she worked at the Edmund Rice Centre and Redfern Legal Centre.

Qualifications
  • LLB/BA Comms (Social Inquiry)
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