Immigration Lawyers

Alexandra Farmer | Senior Associate Immigration Lawyer

Alexandra is a Senior Associate in our immigration law practice. She is both a Registered Migration Agent and Solicitor.

Alexandra has a diverse background in administrative law and decision making. Before joining our firm in 2013, Alexandra worked for the Department of Immigration on refugee and humanitarian policies and programs with a focus on the Asia Pacific region. She is a former Associate to a Judge of the Federal Circuit Court and has also undertaken previous volunteer roles with a social justice focus at Macquarie Legal Centre and the Public Interest Law Clearing House.

At Craddock Murray Neumann, Alexandra has provided immigration law services to hundreds of asylum seeker clients in the community, in immigration detention and under a government tender. She is experienced in providing thorough, practical advice and representation for clients at all stages of the protection visa application process, including complex matters involving character and health assessments and matters affected by rapid changes in the law. Alexandra appears regularly in cases before the Migration Review Division of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and is also available to assist with applications for Ministerial Intervention and appeals to the federal courts.

Qualifications

  • BMedia (Writing) / LLB and DipLang – Mandarin (Macquarie University)
  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (The College of Law)
  • MARA Registration Number 1386325

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

Wenny Theresia | Associate Immigration Lawyer

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. 

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

Ivana Djoneski | Associate Immigration Lawyer

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.

Qualifications 

  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) / Bachelor of Laws (Western Sydney University)
  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (The College of Law)
  • OMARA Registration Number 1174274

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

Douglas McDonald | Immigration Lawyer / Migration Agent

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.

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 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.

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

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.

Qualifications

  • 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
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