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Victoria (VIC) Branch Committee Members 2016-2017

Zubair Mian  President
Kerry Truong  Secretary 
John Arthur  Committee Member
Kylie Chow  Committee Member 
Angela Lee
Committee Member
Daniel Nguyen  Committee Member
Jenny Si
Committee Member
Takako Yoshizawa Committee Member
Jing Zhu  Committee Member

Zubair Mian, President

Zubair Mian was admitted in 1986 after graduating from Melbourne University in 1985. Zubair Mian is the Principal and owner of Mian Phillips & Co, a boutique suburban practice established in 1988, currently in Surrey Hills and practicing in commercial litigation, Family Law, Property, Wills, Probate and estate Planning. Zubair is the President of the Eastern Solicitors Law Association Inc. (ESLA Inc.) which represents solicitors working or living East of Melbourne CBD. The northern boundaries are the Eastern Freeway, Thompson's Road, Warrandyte Road and Kangaroo Ground – St Andrews Road. It has over (1700) one thousand seven hundred members. Zubair previously served on the ESLA committee for a number of years as committee member, assistant treasurer and Vice President. Zubair is registered mentor with the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) and AALA mentoring programs and has been informally mentoring young lawyers in private practice since 1995. Zubair is a Councilor and Board Member of Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) having been elected in November 2015 for a three year term commencing January, 2016. This year Zubair was elected unopposed 5th Executive of the LIV Board and re-elected President of Vic. AALA.

Kerry Truong, Secretary

Kerry Truong is the Victoria Branch Secretary of the Asian Australian Lawyers Association and is passionate about promoting awareness and discussion of the need for culturally inclusive practice in the Australian legal profession.

Kerry is also a solicitor with McManus & Co Lawyers in Edgewater, having started her legal career more than nine years ago. She practices in family law, property law and succession law including intestacy, wills and testators family maintenance. She has been successful in raising awareness amongst the Chinese community of the necessity of making wills and enduring powers of attorney to safeguard their interests and assets.

Kerry comes from a family of restaurateurs and looks forward to utilising her management and communication skills to invite further participation and collaboration amongst members of the Asian Australian Lawyers Association.

John Arthur, Committee Member 

John is a barrister at the Victorian Bar of over 27 years standing. An experienced advocate, his principal area of practice is general commercial litigation, including contract, sale of land, property, equity, professional negligence, corporations, insolvency, and succession.

He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and ACICA. He is a National Councillor of CIArb (Australia).

John has published and presented many papers in Australia and internationally on topics in varied areas of law and practice, including contract, equity, practice and procedure, ADR and international arbitration. He is a co-author of Lexis publications, Civil Procedure Victoria, Lexis Nexis and Australian Uniform Evidence. He also contributes to other publications.

John is a member and on the Victorian State Committee of the Asian Australian Lawyers Association, and a member of the IBA, the Law Institute of Victoria, Asialink’s Chairman's Club and Legal Friends of Melbourne Recital Centre.

John is keen to promote cultural, ethnic and gender diversity in the legal profession and to build and promote Australia’s engagement with Asia and the region, in business, in the law and culturally.

Kylie Chow, Committee Member

Kylie Chow is an officer at the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman, dealing with various issues within the telecommunications industry using alternative dispute resolution skills.

Kylie has been involved with the AALA since its inception, and has assisted heavily in the coordination of advertising materials/social media updates/promoting AALA through different events throughout the few years.

Kylie is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria, and was an invited judge on the 2016 Melbourne University China Law Society negotiation competition.

Kylie has multilingual skills, is well versed in a few languages, including Mandarin, Cantonese, Malay and Hokkien.

Angela Lee, Committee Member

Angela Lee is a barrister at the Victorian Bar specialising in taxation and administrative law. Prior to her call to the Bar, she worked at Minter Ellison, PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Victoria Government. She is a nationally accredited mediator. She is also a member of the Tax Bar Association Committee, the Law Council of Australia's Business Law Section Committee and the Tax Institute's Dispute Resolution Technical Committee. 

Angela is passionate about promoting diversity in the legal profession. In addition to serving on the AALA's Victoria Branch Committee, she has served on the Victoria Bar's Student Engagement Committee (as Co-Chair) and the Women Barristers Association Committee. 

Daniel Nguyen, Committee Member

Daniel has a broad practice in personal injury, commercial and property matters.

Before joining the Bar, he was the Class Actions Coordinator at the Supreme Court of Victoria. He worked with Justice Jack Forrest in the 2009 Black Saturday bushfire proceedings and assisted Judges and Associate Justices in the Bonsoy Milk, Thalidomide, Abalone Virus, Great Southern and Banksia class actions.

Daniel began his legal career as Associate to Justice Tony Pagone, when his Honour was head of the Commercial Court at the Supreme Court. He completed his legal internship at Galbally Rolfe.

Daniel has a special interest in access to justice and diversity in the law. He is a member of the Victorian Bar Council. He was a founding committee member of the Asian Australian Lawyers Association and now sits on its Victorian committee. He is also the Australians Detained Abroad representative for Vietnam and has presented at the Ho Chi Minh City University of Law.

Daniel was a past Secretary-General of the International Commission of Jurists Victoria and a former board member of Flemington-Kensington CLC.

He is an Australian Advocacy Institute Advocacy Instructor and has taught advocacy in the Victorian Bar Readers' Course and at the Legal Training Institute in Papau New Guinea.

Daniel read with Simon McGregor and his senior mentor is Andrew Keogh SC (now Justice Keogh).

Jenny Si, Committee Member

Jenny Si is a solicitor in an in-house legal team. Prior to that, she worked in the community legal sector and in suburban practice. Her area of interests include commercial and business law, property law, succession planning and deceased estate administration.

Having been associated with the AALA since the beginning, she is proud of the achievements that the AALA has attained to date and she looks forward to the organisation prospering in future years.

Jenny is also a volunteer lawyer and board member of the Flemington and Kensington Community Legal Centre.

Takako Yoshizawa, Committee Member

Takako Yoshizawa is a lawyer at Ashurst Australia in the Corporate M&A team. Prior to Ashurst, she was a Senior Associate to Associate Justice Randall of the Supreme Court of Victoria, working in insolvency. With her experience working in litigation and transaction law, she aspires to become a well-rounded corporate legal advisor.

Jing Zhu, Committee Member

Jing Zhu is a common law and commercial barrister, specialising in personal injuries.

Prior to joining the Bar, Jing gained experience as a solicitor acting for both injured people and the Victorian WorkCover Authority. She began her career at Holding Redlich where she worked in the employment law team and as a personal injuries solicitor practising in a range of areas including workers’ compensation, transport accidents, crimes compensation, hearing loss, medical negligence, public liability and product liability areas.

She then practised as a VWA Panel solicitor at Russell Kennedy where she managed files ranging from common law negligence matters to statutory benefits disputes.

Jing tutors Evidence Law and Civil Procedure at Monash University. She is the Communications Officer for the Women Barristers' Association and formerly a Councillor of the Law Institute of Victoria.

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