Status at AG: Partner, Co-manager
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (and please put in subject line: “Attention Chris”)
Chris is one of the partners and co-managers in AICLA Global. As a co-manager, he shares responsibility for all general business aspects. More specifically, he is involved in:
- assisting in the technical/legal coordination for efficient and effective service-delivery to clients in complex assignments (as when a team of 2 or more AG Professionals are co-working on a case involving 2 or more discrete law matters or legal jurisdictions).
- technically assisting the team of AG Immigration Professionals on all major assignments including finalising complex legal submissions to assist AG Professionals (case managers directly handling clients’ files).
- dealing with service-quality issues including complaints.
- assisting in mediations and conciliations for an equitable and just, speedy and amicable settlement in all significant disputes between our clients and our AG Professionals.
Although he divides his time between Perth and regional cities, he is readily accessible by email in the first instance to ALL AG clients as a priority.
He obtained a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree majoring in Biochemistry from the University of Western Australia before completing a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the Australian National University in Canberra. Since 21 October 1994 and continuously to date, he is on the roll of barristers in the High Court of Australia (Australia’s pre-eminent legal authority).
He commenced general law practice with Pynt & Associates, an Australian commercial law firm, and with the backing of the firm’s principal lawyer and mentor, Steven Pynt, quickly began accepting complex cases and large assignments in a self-driven steep-learning experience (for instance, conducting and negotiating, for and on behalf of foreign (Singaporean) buyers, the sale and management of the Metropolis nightclubs in Perth and Fremantle). Consequently he has held responsibility as lead solicitor for the care and conduct of diverse assignments which have covered many areas of law including company and commercial, contract, real estate, native title law, trusts, succession, tort, intellectual property, industrial and administrative. During time in general law practice, his clients included ordinary and HNW individuals, overseas government entities and private corporations.
In about 1995, he also helped co-found an Australian immigration services firm (today known as AICLA Global). As a specialist Australian immigration lawyer, he acted for a wide spectrum of international and foreign clients – from ordinary visa applicants to high net worth business execs and professionals with complex assignments from many places including the UK, USA, Jordan, Germany, Canada, Singapore, Indonesia and Maldives. As principal negotiator / lead solicitor, he handled complicated and large commercial assignments which included significant and complex purchase transactions involving businesses and real estate in Australia. Often, this required collaborating with professionals and lawyers in other countries whilst handling matters involving complex concurrent immigration applications and related matters covering various legal disciplines involving private international law and cross jurisdictional issues. From about 2005 onwards, he decided to cease general law practice and therefore does not and has opted not to maintain a current practising certificate as his focus shifted to administration, management and development of AICLA Global. However, throughout his professional life, Chris has been and remains to this day an Australian lawyer (as defined by s.4 of the Legal Profession Act 2008).
When dealing with AG’s clients, he can be described as “pro-active, inquisitorial, energetic, applying common-sense”. He is a pragmatic conciliator and a balanced but passionate advocate for AG’s client’s rights. He is viewed as a trusted confidant and general adviser. Especially in modern times, he recognises the legal essentiality and practical importance for appropriate anonymity and the highest levels of legally-prudent confidentiality and privacy.
Before law, Chris was a part-time university tutor and science/mathematics teacher with the Australian Ministries of Education in Western Australia, Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory. Having studied at several universities and colleges in Australia makes him a good resource “with first-hand-experience” for any parent thinking about educating their children at an Australian school or university. He welcomes contact from parents who, in the context of their Australian migration plans, wish to engage with him on their children’s education in Australia and how best to make this financially affordable.
As a volunteer in Perth where he lives, he donated his services and time to financially disadvantaged individuals who required pro bono legal or immigration assistance through Australian community law organisations including the North Perth Migrant Resource Centre, then located on View Street.
Testimonials from his colleagues and former clients can be viewed on this website. [Testimonials & Recognition]
Education and Admissions
Bachelor of Laws (LLB), Australian National University, Canberra [view document]
Bachelor of Science (BSc) (major: Biochemistry), University of Western Australia, Perth [view document]
Graduate Certificate in Legal Practice, Australian National University, Canberra [view document]
Graduate Diploma of Education, Edith Cowan University, Australia
Officer of the High Court of Australia (entered in the Register of Practitioners as a Barrister of the HCA 21 Oct 1994) [view document]
Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Western Australia (entered in the roll on 22 December 1995) [view document]
Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory (entered in the roll on 21 October 1994, Attorney’s Roll No. 5538) [view document]
Memberships & Accomplishments
Foundation Member of the Immigration Lawyers Association of Australasia (ILAA) in 2004 (absorbed within the Law Council of Australia and known today as the Migration Law Committee) [view document]
Member, Law Council of Australia (No. 14916)
Malay (working knowledge)