Andrew Lumb


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Andrew Lumb


Position: Special Counsel

Practice Area: Commercial and Property Law

Education and Qualifications: LLB, University of Melbourne, BA, University of Melbourne

Area of Expertise: Property Law, Commercial Law and Corporate Law.

Professional Memberships: Law Institute of Victoria, Member of the Construction Material Processors Association.

Andrew is a senior member of the Commercial Law practice group. 

Andrew provides advice to our corporate clients and individual private clients in all commercial law matters related to commercial contracts, statutory regulation, trade practices, planning and retail leasing, intellectual property matters as well as acting as a general counsel for corporations in all commercial matters.

Andrew has built a long standing client base with a focus on industry groups, in particular the agricultural and quarry sectors, who rely on his tactical and strategic advice for their commercial matters. 

Claire Stratton


Claire Stratton


Position: Lawyer

Practice Area:  Litigation Law, Migration Appeals and Litigation

Education & Qualifications: LLB, Deakin University, Bachelor of Commerce (International Trade and Economic Policy), Deakin University

Area of Expertise: Migration Appeals and Litigation

Professional Memberships: Law Institute of Victoria

MARN: 1795042

Claire is a member of the litigation practice group with a particular focus on migration litigation (merits and judicial review), institutional abuse and inquests.

Diane Xu


Diane Xu


Position:  Lawyer

Education & Qualifications: Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, College of Law, Bachelor of International Studies, Macquarie University, Bachelor of Laws, Macquarie University, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada (Exchange), Sookmyung Womens University, Seoul, Korea (Exchange)

Professional Memberships: Law Institute of Victoria

Diane is currently on a rotation program at Nevett Ford.

Diane is fluent in English and Mandarin, has an intermediate level of Japanese and beginner level Korean.

Emily Herrmann


Emily Herrmann


Position: Conveyancing Paralegal

Practice Area: Conveyancing

Emily assists with lodgements of plans of subdivision, transfers between related parties, large development sites and vendor developments, both the apartment and vacant land conveyancing process.  Emily also assists with off-the-plan contracts from settlement to completion, VOI and the processing of transactions via duties online.

Emma Elsworth


Emma Elsworth


Position: Senior Lawyer

Practice Area: Property Law and Commercial Law

Education & Qualifications: BA, University of Adelaide, LLB, University of Adelaide, Accredited Specialist - Property Law of the Law Institute of Victoria

Area of Expertise: Property Law and Commercial Law

Professional Memberships: Law Institute of Victoria, Law Institute Victoria Leases Committee member, Accredited Specialist Property Law Specialists study group

Emma is a senior member of the Property Law Practice Group and is an Accredited Specialist in Property Law by the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV).

Emma provides highly specialised advice with a focus on conducting commercial acquisitions and dispositions, general conveyancing, off-the-plan developments and assisting foreign clients in all property transactions.

Emma has developed a practice in providing due diligence advice to large and small commercial builders about adjoining owner risk and protection works under the Building Act.  She can also assist with property advice in the context of a family breakdown and mortgage realisation.

She is also well versed in Owners Corporation matters.  She is involved in the establishment of an Owners Corporation lot owner advocacy group which will be unique in Victoria.

Helen Zheng


Helen Zheng


Position: Special Counsel

Practice Area:  Immigration Law

Education & Qualifications: B. Eng, M. Eng , Xi'an Jiaotong University, China, LLB, Monash University, Australia,

Area of Expertise: Immigration, Foreign Investment in Australia

Professional Memberships: Law Institute of Victoria, Law Council of Australia, Australia China Business Council

MARN: 0003327

She is a senior member of our Immigration Law Practice Group and the Head of our China Department.

She has significant skills and experience in business skilled migration visas, employer sponsored temporary and permanent visas, general skilled migration visas, family migration visas, student visas and citizenship.

Helen has also advised and represented a large number of clients to successfully appeal to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT), Federal Circuit Courts, Federal Court and to seek Ministerial intervention.

As a fluent speaker of Chinese Mandarin, Helen often advises and represents clients from China and other Asian countries and regions.

Lauren Slack


Lauren Slack


Position: Migration Agent

Practice Area: Migration Law

Education and Qualifications: LLB, Queensland University of Technology, Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, College of Law NSW, Graduate Certificate in Australian Migration Law & Practice, Australian National University.

MARN: 0957855

Lauren is a member of the Immigration Law Practice Group and is committed to providing tailored immigration solutions to her clients.  Lauren works with clients to establish their goals, identify suitable strategies and work towards a successful outcome for all concerned.

Whether it is working with major multinational corporations to manage their visa holding population; assisting an SME requiring a one-off visa solution; or guiding an individual visa applicant who knows their desired outcome but not the process to get there, Lauren can provide professional solutions to a range of immigration problems. 

Mei Ngo


Mei Ngo


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Position: Lawyer

Practice Area:  Family Law, Will, Estate Planning and Probate Law

Education & Qualifications: LLB, University of Tasmania

Professional Memberships: Law Institute of Victoria,

Mei provides family law parenting matter, probate and estate advice.  Mei’s background is in a fast and efficient practice managing among the most challenging and complex parenting matters that confront the Family Law Courts of Australia.  

In addition, Mei has a history of volunteer work with the Women's Legal Service and is currently volunteering at Southport Community Legal Service.

Melissa Vincenty


Melissa Vincenty


Position: Senior Lawyer

Practice Area:  US Immigration Law

Education & Qualifications: Juris Doctorate and Pacific Asian Legal Studies Certificate, William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Bachelors of Arts, International Service and Development and Chinese Studies, World College West

Professional Memberships: Australian Registered Foreign Lawyer, Hawaii State Bar Association (HSBA), American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Former Secretary Hawaii Chapter, AILA Bangkok District Chapter Treasurer &,Executive Committee (Current), Former Chair of Membership and USCIS Liaison Committees, American Chamber of Commerce, American Bar Association (ABA), National Lawyers Guild.

MARN: 1569311

Melissa is a senior member of the Immigration Law Practice Group and head of the U.S. Immigration Practice Group for the firm.

Melissa provides specialist US immigration advice and visa assistance to our corporate clients and individual private clients in all aspects of US Immigration Law.

In addition, Melissa has extensive experience advising entrepreneurs and start-up companies with a special focus on the IT, manufacturing, engineering and educational industries.

Prior to joining Nevett Ford, Melissa was a senior associate in a leading global immigration law firm in Sydney and prior to that was owner of a private immigration law firm in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Melissa is fluent in English, German and Mandarin.

 

Melita Demirova


Melita Demirova


Position: Lawyer

Practice Area: Litigation, Employment & Workplace Relations Law

Education & Qualifications: Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Australian National University, Bachelor of Arts/Laws, Monash University

Professional Memberships: Law Institute of Victoria, Secretary of the American Chamber of Commerce’s NEXT Future Leaders Committee.

Melita practices predominantly in workplace relations.  She has a keen interest in drafting and reviewing employment contracts as well as representing employees and employers at the Fair Work Commission.  She is experienced in post-employment restraint clauses, deeds of release, general protections and underpayment claims.

In addition, Melita has significant experience working on breach of contract claims, building and property law disputes and professional medical negligence investigations.

Prior to joining Nevett Ford, Melita was employed as a judge’s associate at the Federal Circuit Court of Australia and has appeared in numerous State and Federal courts and tribunals.

Before commencing her legal career, Melita spent five years working as an Adviser to a Federal Member of Parliament.

Michelle Zhou


Michelle Zhou


Position:  Migration Agent

Practice Area:  Migration Law

Education & Qualifications: Graduate Diploma in Immigration Law BA.

Professional Memberships: MARA and MIA.

MARN: 1279138

Michelle has expertise in providing a wide range of Australian immigration law and policy advice to our corporate clients and individual private clients, particularly all temporary and skilled work visas and partner visas.

Michelle is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

Nathan Xu


Nathan Xu


Position: Senior Lawyer

Practice Area:  Property & Commercial Law

Education & Qualifications: LLB, University of Tasmania, Bachelor of Information Systems, University of Tasmania, Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, University of Tasmania, Graduate of the Royal Military College Duntroon

Professional Memberships: Law Institute of Victoria, Australian Defence Force

Nathan is a senior member of the Property & Commercial Law Practice Group and is currently leading our China Conveyancing team. 

Nathan provides advice in all aspects of property and commercial matters for our corporate clients and private individual clients. He acts for purchasers and vendors in residential and commercial properties, leasing, off-the plan contracts.  He is experienced in reviewing building contracts, FIRB and stamp duty advice and acting for foreign clients.

Nathan advises in joint venture, shareholder and loan agreements often, as well as providing advice on company structures particularly if the entity has foreign owners.

Nathan is fluent in English and Mandarin.

Richard Hamilton


Richard Hamilton


Position: Senior Lawyer

Practice Area:  Family Law

Education & Qualifications: Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Australian National University, Juris Doctor, University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Science (Physics), University of Melbourne, BA (Linguistics), University of Melbourne, Advanced Mediation Skills & Theory, University of Melbourne.

Professional Memberships: Law Institute of Victoria

Richard leads the Family Law practice group.  Richard appears in trials, mediations and procedural hearings regularly in the Federal Circuit Court and Family Court of Australia to represent clients in respect of their family law matters on both financial and child related issues.

Richard has completed accreditation as a mediator and has a reputation of being able to resolve matters before trail.  Richard has much experience in complex high value matters; involving disputes to business valuations, identifying hidden assets, taxation consequences for financial settlements and engaging experts where necessary to dispute opposing parties’ arguments.

Richard’s child law practice has seen him advise on issues such as special needs children, instances of past and protection against future child abuse, psychological assessments of parents and other potential child carers.

Richard is fluent in French.

Sam Dempster


Sam Dempster


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Position:  Lawyer

Practice Area:  Commercial and Property Law

Education & Qualifications: LLB, Bond University

Professional Memberships: Law Institute of Victoria, Member of the Football Federation of Victoria Tribunal

Sam provides advice in all aspects of property and commercial matters for our corporate clients and private individual clients, including commercial leasing, due diligence, variation and transfer agreements as well as the sale and purchase of businesses.  Sam advises on Intellectual Property Law as well as Sports Law.

He has a depth of knowledge on sponsorship licensing, as well as franchising and marketing agreements.

Shea Rowell


Shea Rowell


Position: Senior Lawyer

Practice Area:  Litigation Law

Education & Qualifications: LLB, Deakin University

Professional Memberships: Law Institute of Victoria

Shea is a senior member of the Litigation Practice Group.

Shea provides specialist legal advice for our corporate clients, including an international charitable institution, in personal injury matters with a specific focus on institutional abuse.

Shea has experience across most civil jurisdictions in Australia, and provides advice to her clients in regards to State Inquiries and Royal Commission matters.

William Spencer-He


William Spencer-He


Position:  Lawyer

Practice Area:  China Conveyancing Team

Education & Qualifications: Diploma, Shanghai Foreign Languages School, BA, Shanghai International Studies University, Master of Philosophy degree (Comparative Literature), Chinese University of Hong Kong, LLB, Monash University, MB.A, RMIT, Diploma in Clinical Legal Practice, Leo Cussen Institute, NAATI Professional Translator and Interpreter.

Professional Memberships: Law Institute of Victoria

William is predominately based in Beijing assisting our foreign clients with Australian property transactions and visas.

In addition, William has experience lobbying the state and federal governments in Australia on behalf of ethnic Chinese groups in Australia.

William is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

Xixi Huang


Xixi Huang


Position: Conveyancing Clerk

Practice Area:  China Conveyancing Team

Languages: Mandarin

Education & Qualifications: BA, Capital Normal University (China), Masters of Social Science, RMIT.

Xixi assists our foreign clients with the sale or purchase of residential properties.

Stephanie Cartledge


Stephanie Cartledge


Position: Conveyancer

Practice Area:  Property & Conveyancing Team

Languages: English

Education & Qualifications: 

Stephanie is one of our conveyancers and deals with a very large number of residential and commercial transactions each year. She will often be your primary contact for your conveyance with us.

Lily Cheng


Lily Cheng


Position: Conveyancer

Practice Area:  Property and Conveyancing Team

Languages: English, Mandarin and Cantonese

Education & Qualifications: Bachelor of Information System (University of Tasmania); Master of Accounting (University of Tasmania)

Lily has a wealth of experience in running sale or purchase files for properties from start to finish, preparing Section 32 documentation and Contracts of Sale and taking care of the wide variety of communications required with all interested parties in property transactions.

Caron Easton


Caron Easton


Position: Family Law Paralegal

Practice Area:  Family Law

Languages: English

Education & Qualifications: Bachelor of Applied Science, LLB

Caron is the main support member for our family law team. She has worked in the family law industry for many years in a number of firms and recently completed her training as a lawyer. Caron is an important contact for all of our family law clients.

Melonee Davies


Melonee Davies


Position: Paralegal

Practice Area:  Litigation, Employer & Workplace Relations, Dispute Resolution & Mediation

Education & Qualifications: Certificate IV in Legal Services and Certificate III in Business

Melonee assists our dispute resolution & mediation, litigation, and employer & workplace relations team with administrative support and will often be an important point of contact.

Shalini Kodikara


Shalini Kodikara


Position: Migration Paralegal

Practice Area:  Migration Team

Education & Qualifications: 

Shalini assists the migration teams across Australian, US and Corporate migration and provides important support services to every member of the group.

Chloe Wang


Chloe Wang


Position: Client Relations Administrative Assistant

Practice Area:  Migration Team

Languages: Mandarin and English

Education & Qualifications: Master of Professional Accounting

Chloes assist the migration team with corporate client relationships, particularly with Chinese and other foreign nationals or companies for business migration advice.