Immigration Lawyers

Rebecca Mikhail | Associate 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

Elizabeth Heaney | Associate Immigration Lawyer

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

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. 

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

Tina Nematian | Associate Immigration Lawyer

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.

 
Qualifications
 
LLB (University of Technology Sydney)
Bachelor of Commerce (University of Sydney)
Graduate Certificate in Legal Practice
OMARA Registration Number 1173577

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

Wenny Theresia | Immigration Lawyer / Migration Agent

Wenny is a Solicitor 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 employer sponsored visas in a wide range of industries, skilled migration visas, partner visas and the distinguished talent visa. Wenny also has the experience and skills to assist in more complex matters for clients, such as partner visas that involve more complicated relationship circumstances.

In addition to her experience in immigration law, Wenny has also worked in the not-for-profit sector and has previously volunteered at Redfern Legal Centre and the Aboriginal Legal Services.  

Qualifications
  • BA / LLB (Honours) (University of Sydney)
  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (The College of Law)
  • OMARA Registration Number 1384685

Douglas McDonald | Immigration Lawyer / Migration Agent

Douglas has worked at Craddock Murray Neumann Lawyers since March 2010, initially as a paralegal and now as a solicitor and migration agent.

Douglas specialises 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 Curci | Immigration Lawyer / Migration Agent

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 | Immigration Lawyer / Migration Agent

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 specialises 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 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.

In addition to providing legal advice, Ramtin will also be able to provide practical advice in relation to Australia’s complex and fast changing immigration law, including pathways from student or temporary skilled visas to permanent residency.

Qualifications:
  • Bachelor of Laws - University of Otago
  • Bachelor of Arts (Political Science)
  • Registered Migration Agent 1277621
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