Immigration Law Conference 2024

With immigration reform being handed down in drip feed, do you have the strategies to navigate these changes effectively? This program features a spectacular line-up of presenters who will unpack the key focus areas that all Migration Lawyer or Agent need to know in 2024 & beyond. Explore visa procedure changes, updates & implications, complex migration law matters, ethical dilemmas that can arise in practice, judicial review cases, and a compliance session led by senior members of the AAT. 243N32 

Monday, 18 March 2024
Session 1: Strategies to Deal with Visa Reform

Chair: Farid Varess, Principal, Varess; Accredited Specialist in Immigration Law; Best Lawyers 2023 Immigration Law and Human Rights Law; Leading Immigration Lawyers NSW, Doyle's Guide's 2023

9.00am to 9.15am Keynote Address

Presented by Assoc. Prof. Anna Boucher, BA Hons 1 LLB Hons 1 Sydney PGCert MRes PhD London School of Economics Chair of the Discipline of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney: Contributor to the Immigration Review

9.15am to 10.00am Post Covid Visa Era: Insights, Options, and Implications
  • Insights into the impact of COVID-19 on the immigration system and current requirements  
  • Options for visa applicants and procedural changes  
  • Implications for current visa holders and Australia’s workforce 

Presented by Tanja Djokic, Director/Principal Solicitor, TD Migration Consulting 

10.00am to 10.45am  Effective Strategies for Family Visas: Addressing Implications of Proposed Reform
  • Children/Strategies to bring kids 
  • Parent visa changes
  • Visas for dependents 
  • Other updates

Presented by Marial Lewis, Principal Solicitor and Founder, Crossover Law Group; Accredited Specialist in Immigration Law, Best Lawyers 2024 Ones to watch Immigration law, Australasian Lawyer Most Influential Lawyers 2023, Forbes 30 under 30 

11.00am to 11.40am Overview on Employer-Sponsored Temporary and Permanent Entry Visas
  • Update on subclass 482 Visa Program 
  • Update on subclass 186 Employer Nomination Scheme 
  • The evolving regulatory framework to address skilled workforce shortages 

Presented by Maria Jockel, Legal Principal and National Leader, Migration Services, BDO; Accredited Specialist in Immigration Law; Best Lawyers 2024, Immigration Law; Leading Immigration Lawyer, Doyle’s Guide 2023

Professional Skills
3.00pm to 3.45pm How to Run a Section 501 Case
  • Responding to a Notice of Intention to Consider Refusing or Cancelling a Visa: Obtaining more time to respond, FOI file
  • Mandatory cancellation
  • Obtaining convictions record from State Department of Corrective Services
  • Appeal to Administrative Appeals Tribunal
  • Lodging the appeal, time limits and documents to lodge
  • Case management hearing
  • Preparing for the hearing with subpoenas, statutory declarations and evidence
  • Statement of Issues and Facts and Contentions
  • Time limit for submission of evidence
  • Conduct of the hearing
  • Minister’s personal decision
  • Character test and s501 cancellations update
  • Recent s501 cases and concepts

Presented by Ray Turner, Principal Solicitor, Ray Turner Immigration Lawyers; Accredited Specialist in Immigration Law

11.40am to 12.20pm Employees Transitioning from Temporary to Permanent Visas
  • To PR or not to PR
  • Considerations for employers and employees when moving from temporary to permanent visas
  • Eligibility requirements summary
  • Looking into other options

Presented by Lillian Ajuria, Ajuria Lawyers; Accredited Specialist in Immigration Law, Best Lawyers List since 2009, Immigration Law; Leading Immigration Lawyer and Karen Lo, Partner, Ajuria Lawyers, Best Lawyers 2024, Immigration Law

Ethics and Professional Responsibility
12.20pm to 1.20pm PANEL DISCUSSION: "Trade Secrets" and Ethical Dilemmas in Immigration Law: A comprehensive View of the Dilemmas that All Legal and Agent Practitioners Encounter in the Landscape 

Moderator: Farid Varess, Principal, Varess

Simon Jeans, Principal, Jeans Lawyers; Accredited Specialist in Immigration Law; Best Lawyers 2023, Immigration Law 

Ndi Ruppert, Principal & Founder, Ruppert Legal; Leading Immigration Lawyer, Doyle’s Guide 2023 

Theresa Baw, Barrister, Frederick Jordan Chambers 

Session 2: Strategies for Complex Migration Law Matters

Chair: Kathryn Viegas, Director, Nomos Pty Ltd; Accredited Specialist in Immigration Law; Best Lawyers 2024, Immigration Law; Leading Immigration Lawyer, Doyle’s Guide 2023

2.00pm to 2.15pm Keynote Address

Presented by Dr Jason Donnelly, Barrister, Latham Chambers

Professional Skills
4.30pm to 5.15pm How Best to Represent a Client at AAT and Win

Presented by Simon Jeans, Principal, Jeans Lawyers; Accredited Specialist in Immigration Law; Best Lawyers 2023, Immigration Law

2.15pm to 3.00pm What Immigration Lawyers Need to Know for Clients Facing Criminal Charges
  • Options for accused client including mental health applications 
  • Sentencing generally including for clients overseas (can be done) 
  • Impacts on visas, including mandatory and ‘risk’ cancellations 

Presented by Kim Hunter, Criminal Defence & Immigration Lawyer, Hunter Flood Lawyers; Accredited Specialist in Immigration Law 

4.00pm to 4.30pm  Judicial Review Cases that Affect Your Practice and Why

In this session you will traverse key topics relating to judicial review of migration decisions 

Presented by Chris Honnery, Barrister, Frederick Jordan Chambers


Attend and earn 7 CPD units including: 
4.5 units in Substantive Law
1 unit in Ethics & Professional Responsibility
1.5 units in Professional Skills


Session 1
Face to Face & Live Online - CN169
On Demand - DN470

Session 2 (excluding Ethics):
Face to Face & Live Online - CN170
On Demand - DN471

Ethics CPD Point:
Face to Face & Live Online - M1B10053
On Demand - M2B10049

This program is applicable to practitioners from all States & Territories

10.45am to 11.00am Morning Tea
3.45pm to 4.00pm Afternoon Tea


Ms. Karen Lo, Partner, Ajuria Lawyers Pty Ltd
Karen Lo is a partner at Ajuria Lawyers, widely regarded as one of Australia's leading specialist immigration law practices, offering immigration advice and assistance to businesses across all industry sectors, ranging from start-ups to multinationals. She oversees the entertainment division at the firm helping bring in talent to Australia for indie productions to large productions with hundreds in production crew numbers. Karen specialises in employer-sponsored work visas and has advised on and managed corporate immigration programs for clients including lobbying the Government and other stakeholders on their behalf to bring about positive change in immigration law and policy. “Best Lawyers 2024” in Immigration Law; Prior to joining Ajuria Lawyers, Karen worked in the then Department of Immigration and Border Protection, processing complex Partner Visas and worked for the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority investigating migration fraud.

Ms Lillian Ajuria, Principal Solicitor and Migration Agent,
Lillian Ajuria is an Accredited Specialist in Immigration Law and has practised almost exclusively in this field for over 18 years. A partner at Ajuria Lawyers the firm has become a leading practice in the field of Immigration Law with a strong focus on the corporate and entertainment sectors. Lillian was formerly the NSW Vice-President of the Migration Institute of Australia and a board member of the Immigration Advice and Rights Centre (IARC). She is also on the Accredited Specialist Examination Board of the Law Society and is a frequent presenter on Immigration Law in Australia and internationally. Lillian has been included on the Best Lawyers List of Australia for 15 consecutive years since 2009 and is in Doyle’s Guide’s list of Leading Immigration Lawyers in NSW as well as the Who is Who Legal. A fluent Spanish speaker, Lillian is the former National President of the 'Official Australian-Spanish Chamber of Commerce and Industry' and was awarded a Civil Merit Medal by the King of Spain in 2017.

Ms. Ndi Ruppert, Principal Solicitor and Founder,
Ndi Ruppert obtained her Bachelor of Business and Law with a Diploma of Legal Practice from the University of Newcastle in 2010 and was admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales as a solicitor in 2011. In 2017, Ndi obtained her Master of Laws from the University of Newcastle, majoring in Human Rights and International Business; her master thesis was published in the African Journal of International and Comparative Law. Ndi is the Principal Solicitor & Founder of the law practice, Ruppert Legal and was formerly a solicitor with Hicksons Lawyers. She also currently uses her immigration expertise to assist refugee clients one day a week through Mosaic Multicultural Connections. Ndi has significant experience with the Australian Migration system, both personally and professionally and was honoured by being listed on the 202, 2022 and 2023 Doyles list of leading New South Wales Immigration Lawyers. She is also the Vice Chair on the Board of the Hunter Community Legal Centre and is part of the executive leadership team of the Centre for African Research, Engagement & Partnerships at the University of Newcastle.

Ms. Kim Hunter, Criminal Defence & Immigration Lawyer, Hunter Flood Lawyers
Ms Kim Hunter is a criminal defence and immigration lawyer as well as an Accredited Specialist in Immigration Law from Hunter Flood Lawyers in Sydney. Kim has a law degree, 3 first places in law exams (Criminal law, evidence & succession), second place in Constitutional Law and 2 Butterworths Law prizes. Kim Has always had her own private law practice and since becoming an Accredited Specialist in Immigration Law now only practices in criminal defence and immigration law. Kim has formerly lectured in post graduate law at Australian National University and regularly lectures for the Law Society of NSW, Legal Aid and various other professional bodies and organisations including the MIA. Kim has been invited to be on an expert panel for a research projected funded by the Australian Research Council, to be undertaken by leading Professors from Charles Sturt, Flinders and Monash universities in Australia and Oxford University in the UK on the topic of ‘Crimmigration’ – the intersection of criminal and immigration laws in Australia.

Ms Maria Jockel, Legal Principal and Global and National Leader, Migration Services, BDO Australia
Maria Jockel leads BDO’s Global and National specialist law firm which specialises in all aspects of Australian immigration law for corporate and private clients. She is a Law Institute of Victoria Accredited Specialist in Immigration Law and is acknowledged as one of Australia’s leading immigration specialists. She brings a unique depth and breadth of immigration law and corporate commercial -related legal experience from her years of practice. This is complimented by Maria’s former advisory and senior executive roles while in government service. Maria is a sought-after speaker and prolific author on all aspects of immigration and citizenship law. Maria is listed in “The International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers (2010-2023), “Best Lawyers” (2008-2023) and Doyles. Maria's immigration law practice includes employer nomination temporary/permanent residency applications, business skills migration, complex matters involving health and character issues, Federal Court applications, skilled migration, review applications at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal/Migration Review Division, citizenship, ministerial submissions, international education, the Educational Services of Overseas Students Act and the National Code, labour agreements, regulatory compliance, due diligence and related advices. In her current and former roles, Maria has contributed to shaping immigration law in Australia having advised on government policy and legal matters at State and Federal levels.

Mr. Ray Turner, Principal, Ray Turner Immigration Lawyers
Ray Turner is an accredited specialist in immigration law and has been a registered migration agent since 1992. He has been recently recognised by the Law Society of New South Wales for 20 years of service, advising and acting clients as one of Australia's top migration law practitioners. Ray was a founding partner of Turner Coulson but now has stepped down as Immigration Lawyer Sydney Principal Solicitor / Director and enjoys a more relaxed approach consulting on a case-by-case basis thereby allowing him to focus his energy and legal skills on the best outcome for his clients. Ray has advocated throughout his career for both Government and private clients in all Courts and tribunals and is regularly appointed by the Federal Courts, due to his level of skill and expertise, to act for unrepresented clients appearing before the Courts. When immigration matters become complex, Ray is the person other migration agents and solicitors to turn to for advice. Ray has significant experience in all areas of Australian migration law and particularly in business/investor visas, general skilled migration, spouse/family visas, refugee applications, character issues, detention/deportation and visa cancellations. Ray has previously worked in the Commonwealth Departments of Primary Industry and Health and the Australian Customs Service. In each of these Departments, Ray represented the various Ministers and other statutory office holders in the Federal Courts and Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

Dr. Jason Donnelly, Barrister, Latham Chambers
Dr. Jason Donnelly is a leading national barrister and academic (a university lecturer) in the area of migration law in Australia. Dr. Donnelly has advised and appeared in various significant cases in both the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and Federal Court of Australia, published in various leading journal articles, provided expert evidence to the Joint Standing Committee on Migration, been cited extensively in a Commonwealth Parliamentary Report and is the founding author and Course Convenor of the Graduate Diploma in Australian Migration Law at Western Sydney University (WSU).

Mr. Farid Varess, Principal, Varess
Farid Varess was admitted to legal practice in 2002. He has been an Accredited Specialist in Immigration Law since 2010, and is included on: the Best Lawyers in Australia list for Immigration Law since 2013, the Best Lawyers in Australia list for Human Rights Law list since 2014, and the Doyle’s Guide’s list of Leading Immigration Lawyers in NSW since it was first published in 2021. A large part of Farid’s work involves representing clients with proceedings in Australia's Federal Circuit and Family Court, Federal Court, and High Court. He also provides advice and assistance to clients with matters before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) and Immigration Assessment Authority (IAA), and clients seeking visas and other outcomes, including employers, investors, skilled migrants, family based visa applicants, students, asylum seekers and refugees, those facing visa cancellation, citizenship applicants, and global talent visa applicants.

Ms Theresa Baw, Barrister, Frederick Jordan Chambers
Theresa Baw is a barrister who was admitted to legal practice in 2001 and was called to the New South Wales Bar in 2006. Theresa's areas of practice are public and administrative law, and commercial and contract law, with extensive expertise in migration law. She has appeared before the High Court in migration law matters, including unled in a special leave application. Theresa has wide-ranging experience in all levels of migration and citizenship matters, from appearing in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal to appearing unled before the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia. She is also admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Nauru and has successfully appeared in that jurisdiction in migration cases. Prior to being called to the Bar, Theresa practised as a solicitor including at top-tier law Minter Ellison. She has authored numerous articles including in Key Issues in Judicial Review (Federation Press). She holds a Master of Commerce from Macquarie University, and a Bachelor of Laws (first class honours) and a Bachelor of Economics, from the University of Sydney.

Mr Chris Honnery, Barrister,
Chris Honnery is a barrister who is experienced representing applicants in administrative law and judicial review proceedings. He passed the England and Wales Bar Transfer Test prior to being called to the NSW Bar, and has worked in a number of jurisdictions. Before becoming a barrister, Chris was a solicitor for almost a decade, working at Victoria Legal Aid, the Federal Court of Australia, and representing asylum seekers detained on Nauru. Based in Sydney, Chris also appears interstate, and has particular expertise in migration matters and challenging visa-related decisions. Website

Ms. Tanja Djokic, Director/Principal Solicitor, TD Migration Consulting
Tanja Djokic is a Principal Solicitor of TD Migration Consulting, law practice specialising in immigration law. Tanja has extensive experience working with both corporate and individual clients and focuses her business practice on providing high quality immigration advice. Tanja is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of NSW, High Court of Australia and is also admitted as a Solicitor and Barrister of High Court of New Zealand. Tanja is also a Member of the Law Society of Australia and Migration Institute of Australia. Under Tanja’s leadership, TD Migration Consulting was a Finalist for Outstanding Professional Services at the 2022 and 2023 Parramatta Local Business Awards. In 2023, Tanja was also selected as a Finalist for Private Practice Lawyer of the Year, awarded by Women Lawyers Association of NSW.

Assoc. Prof. Anna Boucher, Associate Professor, University of Sydney
Associate Professor Anna Boucher is a global migration expert as it intersects with public policy and comparative politics. She is the Chair of the Discipline of Government and International Relations in the School of Social and Political Sciences. Her research covers immigration, gender and racial diversity, inequality and labour market and regulatory change as well as skill selection of migrants. She has written three books on migration that cover skilled immigration, gender diversity and workplace exploitation, most recently Patterns of Exploitation, published by Oxford University Press, New York. Anna is a regular commentator in the media and consultant to domestic and global governments on migration issues. She holds six qualifications in law and political science and is an admitted solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW, having completed a placement at Clayton Utz Law Firm (Sydney). She works as a solicitor on weekends at Violet Co Legal & Consulting. Prior to coming to Sydney University, she was an Australian Commonwealth Scholar and Bucerius Scholar in Migration Studies at the London School of Economics.

Ms. Marial Lewis, Principal Lawyer and Founder,
Marial Lewis is one of Australia's top immigration lawyers. She is an accredited specialist in Immigration Law by the Law Society of NSW as well as the winner of the prestigious 2021 and 2022 Lawyers Weekly 30 under 30 and the 2020 John Gibson Award - Young Migration Lawyer of the year by the Law Council of Australia. In 2023 she was recognised as one of the Most Influential Leading Lawyers in Australia and listed as the only woman in the Oceania region in the Women of the Future- 50 rising stars in ESG In 2022, Marial was listed in the Forbes list under 30 for social impact. Since 2022, she was recognized yearly by her international peers in the Who’s who Legal- Corporate Immigration Future Leaders and in the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for 2023 and 2024- Immigration Law. Marial has also been a finalist in various national awards including, innovative of the year (individual), rising star of the year for the Australasian Law Awards and Women in Law, regional/suburban lawyer of the year and 30 under 30 since 2019. Marial is also a lecturer and unit coordinator in the Graduate Diploma of Australian Migration Law and a Teaching Fellow at UNSW for subjects such Administrative law. Marial is an international and national speaker on various matters from migration law to innovation to entrepreneurship. Marial is also a mother of two little ones whom she adores dearly, keeping her always on the go. After many years in private practice including being a partner in a specialist migration law firm, Marial founded Crossover Law Group, a Newlaw migration law firm focusing on servicing private and corporate clients migration law needs by delivering a fast, efficient and transparent excellent service whilst using innovation, technology and new ideas for better delivery. Crossover Law Group has been recognised as innovative law firm of the year finalist as well as Newlaw firm of the year finalist in various awards since its inception. Marial is a passionate lawyer who works with a wide range of clients assisting them with their immigration legal goals. She is also very experienced with complicated migration law matters such as refusals, cancellations, detention, character cases, review matters at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal as well as being a litigator in migration court cases.

Mr. Simon Jeans, Principal,
Simon Jeans has been practising law since 1989. He is an Accredited Specialist in Immigration Law and listed by Best Lawyers for Australia in Immigration Law. He has worked as an advocate for refugees and migrants with the Jesuit Refugee Service, RACS, Legal Aid (NSW), UNHCR and in his law firm. He was appointed as a member of the Migration Review Tribunal and Refugee Review Tribunal from 2010-2015. He was engaged by the College of Law in 2019-2020 as an assessor and external moderator for the Capstone Migration Agents Assessment.


Immigration Law Conference 2024


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9.00am to 5.15pm Australia/Sydney
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Morning Session
Monday, 18 March 2024
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Monday, 18 March 2024
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