Meet Our Teams
Immigration Solutions Lawyers employs a wide range of dedicated and driven lawyers and support staff. Each have proven and extensive experience in their fields of expertise and are committed to providing excellent service. The team has been handpicked by Mrs O’Donoghue herself with the aim of providing only the best customer service and legal advice available.
The office is contactable in person in Sydney CBD, and also offers consultations by telephone and Skype. For more information regarding our staff or for any questions please contact the office.
Australian Legal Practitioner,ALPC (NSW): 16808
Anne O’Donoghue is an accredited immigration law specialist and registered migration agent, with over 26 years of experience. She is the director and principal lawyer of Immigration Solutions Lawyers (ISL). Anne is acknowledged as one of Australia’s leading immigration law specialists. WWL 2019 Ranking Thought Leader Corporate Immigration.
Anne was admitted to practise in Victoria in 1981, in the High Court in 1982 and in NSW in 1987.
In 1998, Anne received her Specialist Accreditation as an immigration lawyer from the NSW Law Society. In 2015, Anne was appointed as a member of the Specialist Accreditation Advisory Committee of the NSWLS.
In December 2012, Anne was appointed as a member of the LCA’s International Law Section (ILS) Executive. In December 2019, Anne was appointed as a Co-Chair of the LCA’s International Human Rights Committee. Anne has been invited to Chair a session on Modern Slavery at the Law Council Australia Migration Conference in Melbourne, March 2020. In 2020, Anne will be working with her colleagues on a Law Council submission in response to the Public Consultation Paper on the National Action Plan to Combat Modern Slavery 2020-2024.
On the 1st January 2019, Anne was appointed Co-Chair of the Immigration and Nationality Law Committee of the International Bar Association. Anne has been an IBA member since 2002.
In 2019 Anne was also appointed a member of the IBA’s Presidential Task Force on the Refugee Crisis Initiative, A Child Rights Response to Child Migration and Migrant Children at Risk. Anne was a Co-Moderator of the Showcase session which was presented at the 2019 IBA Conference in Seoul.
On the 24 October 2019, Anne achieved a high commendation for the NSW Law Society’s Presidents Medal for her work on the IBA Presidential Taskforce in Seoul.
Anne was also awarded the Lawyer’s Weekly Migration Partner of the Year Award in 2019.
Anne is also an experienced writer and co-authored the Australia Chapter of The Corporate Immigration Review, now in its 9th edition. Anne also makes valuable contributions to the Global Business Immigration Handbook, as well as the IBA’s Annual report for the Global Employment Institute.
Follow Anne on her Twitter or visit the ISL Facebook page
Client Service Manager
Michael has extensive experience with customer service marketing, cyber security and he is currently studying Mandarin. In his present role he organises and provides client and social media support. Michael has worked in the capacity of an Administrator/Marketing Representative at Immigration Solutions lawyers (ISL) since July 2010 and December 2011 in a part-time position and then full time from 1 March,2013.
Michael has also represented ISL in a marketing capacity when Anne O’Donoghue attended the IBA Conference in Dublin in 2012 and Michael conducted interviews of immigration experts through the law society of Ireland for ISL’s media’s coverage of this event.
Michael also represented ISL at the following Conferences:
- Australia China Trade & Investment Seminar at the Sofitel Hotel Beijing on 25 June,2014.
- Law Council of Australia Immigration Law Conference on 14-15 Sydney in 2014
- IBA Annual Conference in Sydney in 2017.
At the IBA Conference in Sydney 2017 Michael was one of the hosts of the Cocktail event held by ISL and was highly involved in greeting international guests and supporting ISL during the conference.
Michael attends to clients needs and enjoys reading client comments and answering their questions on social media in person and over the phone. Michael has a great interest in international travel and diversity of cultures and enjoys Chinese Wing Chun.
Get in touch with Michael O’Donoghue: firstname.lastname@example.org
Emily Wang joined Immigration Solutions lawyers in 2019 as a finance manager. Emily has more than 4 years of experience in public and industry accounting. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce major in accounting from the University of Queensland and her Master of Finance degree from Griffith University. Beyond finance, she has some business administration duties for Immigration Solutions Lawyers. Emily is fluent in both English and Mandarin
“I’ve learned so much here at ISL, it is so exciting to evolve with a company.” Said Emily
Get in touch with Emily: email@example.com
May (Rongjun) Liao
Team Leader, Corporate Stream, Migration Agent,MARN 1803227
May is a Registered Migration Agent at Immigration Solutions Lawyers, she is the Team leader of the Corporate Stream.
She has great experience as a Registered Migration Agent in renowned law firms which has equipped her with in-depth knowledge on a wide range of visa categories.
May has worked for renowned law firms with specialisation in employment law and of general practice.
She has attained her Graduate Certificate in Australian Migration Law & Practice.
May has a Master of Accounting which she completed at the Australian National University.
She is currently working towards admission as a Solicitor as she studies the Legal Profession Admission Board course at the University of Sydney.
Team Member, Corporate Stream
Palwasha Nawabi is a Paralegal assisting the Corporate Stream for Immigrations Solutions Lawyers.
She has strong research and problem-solving skills which she uses in complex legal submissions. She gains satisfaction by assisting clients with her ability to understanding the client’s perspective.
Palwasha is currently studying Bachelor of Laws and Commerce majoring in Human Resources at Macquarie University. She has been recognised by the University for her academic achievements.
In 2020, she co-authored Who’s Who Legal article, Australia’s Corporate Immigration Review 2020.
She gained exposure to a variety of different legal matters through her experience at Toongabbie Legal Centre, where she developed her interest in Immigration Law.
Palwasha enjoys assisting clients from diverse cultural backgrounds. She is proficient in five languages including English, Dari, Farsi, Urdu, and Hindi.
Team Leader, Family Stream,Solicitor
Lihini Konara is one of the Solicitors assisting the Family Stream and the Corporate, Review & Citizenship Stream for Immigration Solutions Lawyers.
Lihini graduated from University of Sydney in 2017 with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce (Commercial Law). She was admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of NSW in March 2019 and currently hold a practising certificate in NSW.
Having found her passion in administrative law, she decided to work in immigration law. Lihini is well known for her detailed legal submissions to the Department of Home Affairs and Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
Lihini is passionate about helping people migrate and enjoys turning difficult cases around. She has met clients from all over the world and provides tailored advice to specific cases.
Get in touch with Lihini Konara: firstname.lastname@example.org
Team Member, Family Stream, Solicitor
Carmen Yew is one of the solicitors assisting the Family and Corporate, Review & Citizenships Streams for Immigration Solutions Lawyers.
Carmen graduated from University of Technology, Sydney in 2018 with a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and Bachelor of Laws.
Carmen’s role in the Family and Corporate, Review & Citizenship sections of ISL includes responsibilities such as preparation of primary visa applications, preparation of detailed submissions to the Department of Home Affairs, corresponding with and briefing competent professionals (psychologists), liaising with the Department of Home Affairs and researching relevant legislation, policy guidelines and case law to assist with matters.
Carmen has had a keen interest in Immigration Law since completing the subject through a Global Exchange program in the United Kingdom.
Get in touch with Carmen: email@example.com
Team Member, Family Stream
Currently completing her 4th Year in a Bachelor of Commerce, with a Bachelor of Laws, Avani possesses a positive attitude and a drive to achieve the best result for her clients. Attaining over four years of experience in Client Services and Marketing, she adopts a detail-orientated and pragmatic approach in handling sensitive matters.
Her role, as a Paralegal predominately includes; the preparation of visa applications, drafting submissions to the Department of Home Affairs, liaising with clients and industry professionals regarding client matters and conducting legal research of relevant legislation and case law. She is dedicated to reducing stress for her clients through compassion, empathy and consistent communication.
Avani is passionate about delivering effective legal services to her client’s from many diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds, to ensure they have access to exemplary representation and opportunity. In her spare time, Avani has volunteered for NGO’s focused on mental health awareness and cancer research. Beyond this, she continues to involve herself in initiatives within university clubs and organisations.
Merits Review, Character, MIU & Citizenship Stream
Team Member, Family Stream, Solicitor
Tiara Dalpadado is one of the Solicitors assisting the Family Stream and the Corporate, Review and Citizenship Stream for Immigration Solutions Lawyers
Tiara joined the Sri Lankan bar as an Attorney at Law in early 2017. Upon taking her oath as a Lawyer, she then migrated to Australia with the aim of becoming a Solicitor in Australia. Having successfully completed her legal studies from the Queensland University of Technology in Australia, Tiara was admitted as a Solicitor in the Supreme Court of QLD in August 2018. Tiara currently holds a practicing certificate in NSW.
Tiara has previous experience working as a Solicitor in a Family Law firm. Being a migrant herself, Tiara developed a passion for helping others with complex migration issues and was drawn to a career in Immigration Law.
Having also practiced as a lawyer in Sri Lanka, she brings deep understanding of different social and cultural backgrounds to her legal practice. Tiara speaks fluent English & Sinhalese.
Tiara is highly attentive and strives to provide the best possible service to her clients.
Arcadia (Yutong) Zhai
Assistant Accountant, Accounts Team
Arcadia Zhai is an Assistant Accountant at Immigration Solutions Lawyers. Assisting finance manager and office administration day to day, Arcadia is a problem-solver with work ethics.
Arcadia is recent graduate of the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Economics (Double Major: Financial Economics, Accounting). She is a CFA level 1 candidate and she is studying toward CA qualification.
Arcadia speaks English, Mandarin and Cantonese.