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Video Bundle: LIV CPD 2021 – Migration Law Symposium

Video Bundle: LIV CPD 2021 – Migration Law Symposium

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CPD Units 4.5
  • Ethics & Professional Responsibility
  • Professional Skills
  • Practice Management & Business Skills
  • Substantive Law
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Recorded 1 March 2021 | Approx Run Time 5 hours

There is a lot set to change for migration lawyers in 2021. From the passage of the Migration Amendment (Regulation of Migration Agents) Act 2020 to the Australian migration program, there are various factors that practitioners need to consider to thrive in this area in 2021.

The 2021 Migration Law Symposium takes an in-depth look at current migration law issues. It features an impressive line-up of speakers and offers points in all mandatory compliance areas.

This video bundle includes recordings of five key sessions:

  1. Video 1: Character Cancellations & Refusals: the past, present and future (Run time 53:42)
  2. Video 2: GTI Update (Run time 26:40)
  3. Video 3:Understanding What Deregulation of Migration Lawyers Means for Your Practice (Run time 57:36)
  4. Video 4: Tips on How to Effectively Run a Migration List Federal Circuit Court Application (Run time 59:31)
  5. Video 5: Ethical Considerations for Migration Lawyers (Run time 58:53)

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Further Details

  • Further Details

    Video 1: LIV CPD 2021 – Migration Law Symposium – Character Cancellations & Refusals – the past, present and future

    This video covers:

    • Future potential changes – Migration Amendment (Strengthening the Character Test) Bill 2019
    • The impact of character cancellations on future applications and bridging visas
    • Ministerial Direction No. 79 – when it applies and what needs to be taken into account
    • Past and present conduct and its impact on risk to the Australian community – what must be addressed
    • Changes to the Act and the impact it has on cases
    • Run Time: 54:32
    • Compliance: SL

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    Video 2: LIV CPD 2021 – Migration Law Symposium – GTI Update

    This video covers:

    • The difficulty of giving advice in skilled migration in the current environment
    • Brief mention of 491 program and current issues with it
    • Run Time: 26:40
    • Compliance: SL

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    Video 3: LIV CPD 2021 – Migration Law Symposium – Understanding What Deregulation of Migration Lawyers Means for Your Practice

    This video covers:

    • Minimising risks
    • Practising Certificate upgrades
    • Reviewing pricing
    • Marketing your skills as a lawyer
    • Cost agreement and disclosure changes
    • Run Time: 57:36
    • Compliance: PM

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    Video 4: LIV CPD 2021 – Migration Law Symposium – Tips on How to Effectively Run a Migration List Federal Circuit Court Application

    This video covers:

    • Costs, discontinuing and settling matters
    • The hearing process
    • Lists of authorities
    • Directions re timetabling
    • Lodgments of applications and filing
    • Briefing counsel
    • Vexatious applications
    • Processing times and streamlining of applications
    • The national registry and it’s implementation
    • Show cause applications
    • Importance of deadlines & extensions of time
    • Run Time: 59:31
    • Compliance: PS

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    Video 5: LIV CPD 2021 – Migration Law Symposium – Ethical Considerations for Migration Lawyers

    Requiring a sharp and consistent ethical compass, navigating the ethical issues faced by lawyers in migration law practice is no easy task.

    This video covers the challenging ethical issues faced by migration lawyers and provides practical strategies to overcome these issues.

    Presenters facilitate a highly interactive webinar considering a selection of challenging ethical issues for migration lawyers. These are illustrated by the use of de-identified real-life scenarios and interactive polls.

    • Run Time: 58:53
    • Compliance: EP

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  • Presenters

    Chair: Valerie Pereira, Barrister and Solicitor, Da Gama Pereira and Associates; Accredited Specialist, Immigration Law


    • Head of the firm Da Gama Pereira & Associates P/L
    • LIV Accredited Specialist in Australian immigration law
    • Foreign legal consultant – registered with the State Bar of California
    • Represents a number of corporate clients in USA and Australia
    • Represents individuals in complex legal immigration issues in Australia
    • Voted by peers Lawyer of the Year 2020 by Best Lawyers for work in immigration law
    • Voted by peers to the Best Lawyer list for 2019, 2020 and 2021


    • Member of the Migration Advice Industry Advisory Group  to the Assistant Minister for Customs, Community Safety and Multicultural Affairs
    • Deputy chair of the Law Council of Australia Migration Steering Committee
    • Ex deputy chair of the LIV Administrative Law and Human Rights Committee
    • Ex chair of the LIV Migration Law Committee
    • Member of the LIV
    • Member of the LIV Accredited Specialisation (Immigration Law) Education Advisory Committee

    Valerie has been involved in a number of court cases in matters against the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs. Valerie and her husband, lawyer Glenn Pereira, are also involved with the Tech Start up eco system, in particular startups planning to venture out in the USA.

    Session Chair: Chris Spentzaris, Partner, Fragomen

    Chris is at Fragomen. He leads the Melbourne practice and the firm’s national Advisory, Compliance and Government Relations Group as well as the firm’s Professional Practices Group. He is also heavily involved in the management and development of operations across all Australian and New Zealand offices.

    Chris is the co-chair of the LIV Migration Law Committee addition to being an LIV Accredited Specialist in immigration law. He also sits on the Law Council of Australia Migration Law Committee.

    Chris has practiced immigration law since 1995 and has extensive experience in providing immigration legal advice.

    He has advised many Australian, multinational and global corporations across a variety of industry sectors and regularly advises individuals, as well as local and multinational corporations seeking to establish and/or operate within Australia.

    Chris is an experienced litigator and has appeared before the Administrative Appeal Tribunal and the Federal and High Courts of Australia on behalf of his clients.

    Chris also undertakes pro bono work for Justice Connect.

    Video 1 – Speaker 1: Dushan Nikolic, Managing Associate, Carina Ford Immigration Lawyers

    Dushan is a managing associate at Carina Ford Immigration Lawyers with over eight years experience in the migration field. Before joining Carina Ford, Dushan worked in a number of roles across both the commonwealth and state public sectors, including at the Migration Review Tribunal and the Refugee Review Tribunal. Dushan is an LIV Accredited Specialist in immigration law.

    In his current role, Dushan advises across all visa subclasses at the primary stage and has extensive experience representing clients at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (both Migration & Refugee and General Divisions), the Federal Circuit Court and the Federal Court. Dushan has a particular interest in character cancellation cases and detention matters.

    Video 1 – Speaker 2: Hannah Dickinson, Senior Lawyer, Civil Justice Program, Victoria Legal Aid; Accredited Specialist, Immigration Law

    Hannah is an LIV Accredited Specialist in immigration law with extensive experience in the migration and refugee field, with particular expertise in visa cancellation, merits review and litigation. Formerly in private practice, she is a senior lawyer in the Migration Program at Victoria Legal Aid, conducting complex litigation in the Federal Circuit, Federal and High Courts of Australia.

    Hannah is also the chair of the Visa Cancellations Working Group, a national organisation with a membership drawing from private law, not-for-profit organisations, community legal centres and tertiary institutions. She was co-chair of the LIV Migration Law Committee during 2017–2018.

    Video 1 – Moderator: Samantha Fitzsimons, Principal, Abode Migration Lawyers

    Samantha is the co-founder and principal, of Abode Migration Lawyers.

    Samantha was admitted to practice in 2007. After working for a brief period for an aviation lawyer in corporate law, Samantha practised immigration law at Clothier Anderson Immigration Law for over 5 years.

    Samantha is a co-chair of the LIV Migration Law Committee, a member of the LIV Technology and Law Committee and a member of the Law Council of Australia. She has presented professional development seminars for the LIV, Leo Cussen, Legalwise and presented at the 2019 Law Council Immigration Law Conference.

    Prior to practising law, Samantha worked in international aid, primarily for World Vision Australia and then World Vision Ireland. She has lived and worked in Zimbabwe and travelled extensively throughout Africa. It was working in international aid that spurned Samantha’s desire to work with refugees, albeit in a legal capacity.

    Video 2 – Speaker: Jackson Taylor, Partner, Hammond Taylor Immigration Lawyers

    Jackson is a partner at Hammond Taylor and a co-founder of Complize, an online immigration compliance platform. His work is focused on employer sponsored matters. Jackson holds an LLM(JD) and Masters of Workplace & Employment Law from Monash University, a BA (Hons) from the University of Melbourne and a Grad Cert in Australian Immigration Law & Practice from Victoria University. 

    Video 3 – Speaker: Lena Hung, Principal, Lena Hung & Associates; Accredited Specialist, Immigration Law

    Lena Hung is the principal of Lena Hung and Associates and is an LIV Accredited Specialist in immigration law based in Melbourne, with over 16 years of experience in migration law. She is actively involved in migration law committees and holds the following positions:

    • 2019 and 2020 chair of the LIV Administrative Law and Human Rights Section
    • committee member of the Law Council of Australia's Migration Law Committee
    • committee member of the LIV’s Specialisation – Immigration Law Advisory Committee
    • committee member of the LIV’s Migration Law Committee
    • accredited educator for the Migration Institute of Australia

    Lena is the primary CPD presenter for Enriched Migration Training and has taught hundreds of migration lawyers and RMAs. She has covered relevant and timely updates on key migration areas including business skills, employer sponsorship, skilled migration, student visas, family migration and visa cancellations. Lena is regularly invited to present CPD topics for a number of CPD providers in migration law and legal education.

    Video 3 – Moderator: Andrew Cope, Principal, Cope Migration; Accredited Specialist, Immigration Law

    Andrew Cope is an LIV Accredited Specialist in immigration law and heads the practice of Cope Migration. Andrew is actively involved in corporate business skills, as well as personal migration and has been recognised by Who’s Who Legal as one of Australia’s leading corporate immigration lawyers.

    Andrew has been involved in a range of educational and professional activities, including CPD and postgraduate (including Masters) migration programs at the ANU and Victoria University, and has appeared before state and national parliamentary committees on issues of immigration policy and operations. Andrew authored the Lexis Nexis Quick Reference Card – Migration Law, a handy reference document for practitioners.

    Andrew studied at Melbourne, Macquarie and Deakin Universities as well as the University of NSW, with his previous work including as a reference librarian at the NSW Parliamentary Library, as a research officer for an Attorney-General and as a licensed court recorder in the Supreme Court of Victoria, with stints such as a trackman on the Flemington racecourse and as a boatman on the Yarra River.

    Video 4 – Speaker 1: Min Guo, Barrister, List G Barristers

    Min Guo is a commercial and public law barrister. He practises broadly across these areas, but has special interests in class actions, judicial review and immigration. He also appears for defendants in criminal matters, particularly fraud and white-collar crime matters.

    Min has an extensive judicial review practice, appearing in the Federal Circuit Court and Federal Court regularly and also in the High Court.

    Min routinely appears in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal on merits reviews of immigration, citizenship and other matters. His immigration practice also includes tort proceedings arising from the mistreatment of people in immigration detention.

    Video 4 – Speaker 2: Luke McLean, Lawyer, Migration Program, Victorian Legal Aid

    Luke is a lawyer in Victoria Legal Aid’s Migration Program, where he represents refugees and asylum seekers in Federal Circuit Court and Federal Court proceedings, seeking judicial review of decisions of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Immigration Assessment Authority and personal character-related decisions of the Minister. Recent matters where Luke has acted include: AEJ17 v Minister for Immigration & Anor [2020] FCCA 261, EAC16 v Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs [2020] FCA 1657 and EZ (a pseudonym) v Commonwealth of Australia [2020] VSC 871. Before joining Victoria Legal Aid, Luke worked as a lawyer at Russell Kennedy Lawyers, where he represented refugees in Nauru and Papua New Guinea in Federal Court proceedings seeking urgent medical treatment.

    Video 4 – Speaker 3: Coenraad van der Westhuizen, Judicial Registrar – Migration, Federal Court of Australia

    Coenraad commenced with the Federal Court and the Federal Circuit Court in January 2021. Based in Melbourne, Coenraad is an LIV Accredited Specialist in immigration law who has worked in the migration law field since 2014. Prior to his appointment as a registrar, he worked in the government and administrative law team first at DLA Piper and then at Mills Oakley, where he acted for the Department of Home Affairs in migration litigation. Between 2014 and 2018 he worked at Erskine Rodan and WLW Migration Lawyers in Melbourne and at Irish Bentley in Brisbane, where he acted for applicants in a broad range of migration matters. Within the National Migration Team, Coenraad focuses on the Federal Circuit Court’s non-protection caseload.

    Video 4 – Moderator: Carina Ford, Managing Partner, Carina Ford Immigration Lawyers; Accredited Specialist, Immigration Law

    Carina Ford is an LIV Accredited Specialist in immigration and administrative law. She is the  co-chair of the LIV Refugee Law Reform Committee and a member of the LIV Migration Law Committee. She is also a member of the Law Council of Australia Steering Committee (vice-chair in 2017 and 2018). She has been a registered migration agent since 1998 and is also a registered New Zealand migration adviser and a member of the NZAMI.

    Video 5– Speaker: Michael Dolan, Special Counsel, Ethics, Law Institute of Victoria

    Michael Dolan is an Australian legal practitioner and is special counsel ethics with the Law Institute of Victoria. Michael has a legal career spanning over 45 years, including 20 years as a senior executive in the electricity supply and mobile telephone industries in Australia and the UK. Michael is passionate about legal ethics and enjoys advising and assisting other lawyers in response to their ethical challenges, as well as presenting highly interactive educational seminars for them. Michael has written and contributed to several published articles on ethics over the past few years and has anchored several DVDs on the topic.

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