Immigration Lawyers

Suzi Abi Mikhael | Associate 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 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. 

    • 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.


  • BA/LLB
  • MARN 0640768

Rachel Koo | Immigration Lawyer / Migration Agent

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.


  • Bachelor of Science / Bachelor of Laws (Macquarie University)
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (The College of Law)
  • Masters of Law (University of Sydney)
  • OMARA Registration Number 1383084

Gabriel Mackenzie | Immigration Lawyer / Migration Agent

With almost 2 decades of experience as a lawyer, Gabriel has practised immigration law since 1997.

Why use an immigration lawyer?

A lawyer has a real edge over someone who is only a migration. 

A migration agent who is not a lawyer can get a qualification doing an online course over 6 months. 

Gabriel is both a migration agent and a lawyer.

As a lawyer, Gabriel received 5 years full-time face-to-face training completing her law degree at Macquarie University.

Extensive experience plus legal skill

Gabriel’s experience includes employer sponsored, skilled and family visas, refugee/humanitarian visas, and a wide variety of other visas.

Gabriel has also worked in criminal law, revenue law, administrative law, native title, personal injury law and equity/trusts law.  She has worked in government and in private practice. She has run her own law firm. 

This broad experience:

  • develops professional judgement
  • teaches a lawyer to:
    • prepare cases
    • research complex law
    • present supportive evidence
    • argue persuasively.

A skilfully prepared case increases the chances that a Departmental officer, a Tribunal or a judge will make a favourable decision.

In the highly complex and constantly changing area of immigration law, experience, knowledge and judgement can make all the difference. 

Having worked with clients on difficult cases, Gabriel combines sympathy with expertise. 

Gabriel provides high quality legal assistance, and is available to assist with your case.

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