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VICTORIA BRANCH Committee

Victoria (VIC) Branch Committee Members 2018-2019

Daniel Nguyen
President
Kerry Truong  Secretary 
William Lye OAM S.C.
Committee Member
Jing Zhu Committee Member 
Jenny Si Committee Member
Kylie Chow Committee Member
Zubin Menon Committee Member
Chuan Jun Yeap Committee Member
Karena Leung Committee Member
Kelvin Ng Committee Member


Daniel Nguyen, President

Daniel Nguyen is the President of the Victorian Branch and a founding committee member of the AALA. He is also a member of the Victorian Bar Council.

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

He was previously the Class Actions Coordinator at the Supreme Court of Victoria. He worked with the Hon. Jack Forrest QC in the 2009 Black Saturday bushfire proceedings and other judges in a number of class actions.

Daniel began his legal career as Associate to the Hon. Tony Pagone QC, who was then head of the Commercial Court at the Supreme Court. He completed his legal internship at criminal defence firm Galbally Rolfe.

Daniel read with his Honour Coroner Simon McGregor and his senior mentor is Justice Andrew Keogh.

Memberships:

  • Australian Advocacy Institute Advocacy Instructor - he has taught advocacy at the Legal Institute in Papau New Guinea and the Victorian Bar Readers Course.
  • Secretary General - International Commission of Jurists (Vic) (Past)
  • Board Member - Flemington-Kensington CLC (Past)


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 the western suburbs, having started her legal career more than ten 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.


William Lye OAM S.C., Committee Member

William Lye OAM S.C.  is a senior member of the Victorian Bar, and has been since 1988.  He practises in general commercial law, specifically in contract law, corporations law, intellectual property law, property law, and cross border litigation and arbitration.  He is an accredited mediator and a foreign appointed arbitrator on the Shanghai International Arbitration Centre panel of arbitrators.

William  is one of the founding members of the Asian Australian Lawyers Association and have served on the national committee as its Vice-President.  He is a member of the Order of Australia and was conferred the Medal of the Order of Australia for service to the law, to business, and to the promotion of cultural diversity.  He is a director of the Order of Australia Association Ltd and also sits on the Victoria branch committee of the Order of Australia Association.

William is the winner of the Lawyer's Weekly Australian Law Awards 2017 for Barrister of the Year, and the Excellence Awards, which was chosen from the winners of the individual award categories as highlighting excellence in the business of the law, coupled with a true passion for the industry.


Jing Zhu, Committee Member 

Jing Zhu is a common law and commercial barrister, specialising in personal injuries. She advises and appears in all areas of personal injury, insurance law, employment law and general commercial matters.

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.

She is a Committee Member of the LIV's Workers' Compensation Committee and formerly a Councillor of the Law Institute of Victoria. She is a Finalist for Barrister of the Year and Mentor of the Year in the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards 2018.


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 legal practice. Her areas of interest include commercial and business law, property and leasing law and dispute resolution. 

Jenny is incredibly proud of the achievements that the AALA has attained to date especially in promoting and raising awareness of the importance of a culturally diverse legal profession. She looks forward to actively contributing to this cause and to the overall objectives of the AALA in general.

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


Kylie Chow, Committee Member

Kylie Chow works in the dispute resolution space within the telecommunication industry. She has specialised knowledge of different telecommunication products, services, relevant legislation and code practices, and uses conciliation and negotiation skills on a daily basis.

Kylie has been actively involved with the Asian Australian Lawyers Association since its inception in late 2013. She has been assisting with organising different events, and have been managing the association’s social media platforms. She is passionate about cultural diversity in the senior ranks within the legal profession. She has seen how the association has grown from Victorian based to national level, and is confident that the association will grow from strength to strength.

Kylie also possesses multilingual skills, and is well versed in Mandarin, Cantonese, Malay, and Hokkien.


Zubin Menon, Committee Member

Zubin Menon is a barrister specialising in public law and criminal law. In his criminal law practice, he both prosecutes on behalf the Office of Public Prosecutions and defends clients from criminal allegations. He holds a particular interest in the intersections between criminal law and public law, especially in quasi-criminal areas and regulatory frameworks such as professional disciplinary matters and regulatory compliance cases.

In addition to his legal practice, Zubin holds an interest in law reform and public policy regarding law and justice issues. Being of Indian heritage, he is interested to explore how the legal system is interacting, impacting and assisting members of the community from migrant backgrounds. This includes better understanding the experiences of lawyers, members of the community using the Court system and law students aspiring to practice.

Zubin is a member and volunteer of Fitzroy Legal Service. He contributes to pro-bono work through Justice Connect. He is a member of the Victorian Bar’s Student Engagement Committee and the Race, Ethnicity and Cultural Diversity Working Group.


Chuan Jun Yeap, Committee Member

Chuan Jun Yeap (CJ) is an Associate practising corporate and general commercial law in a private law firm, marshalls+dent+wilmoth, and believes that by asking the right questions you will find the right answers.

He holds the view that diversity in the legal profession and under the law is a natural symptom of equal opportunity and fairness and that legal professionals hold a duty to ensure equal opportunity and fairness in the legal system as officers of the Court. Further, he believes that we all have a moral obligation to give back to the community that supports us and welcomes opportunities to contribute.

CJ graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Science and is completing a Masters of Business Administration at Melbourne Business School. Aside from the law, he is actively involved as a committee member of the Salvation Army Chinese Corporate and Philanthropic Committee, a tribunal panelist for Hockey Victoria, the Operations Lead for the MBAus Conference, and the Secretary for the Student Representative Council for Melbourne Business School.


Karena Leung, Committee Member

Karena Leung is a lawyer at Gadens in the Property, Construction and Planning Group with a particular focus on property development and commercial leasing.  Karena has experience across a wide range of property development and leasing matters including in relation to acquisitions, contract and lease negotiations and effecting settlements. 

Karena has been involved with the Asian Australian Lawyers Association since early 2018 and is passionate about promoting cultural diversity in the Australian legal profession.  Karena speaks fluent Cantonese and Mandarin at an intermediate level, and can read and write Chinese.


Kelvin Ng, Committee Member

Kelvin Ng is a graduate lawyer at Norton Rose Fulbright, having graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws (with Honours). He has experience in the fields of environment and planning, and banking and finance. Outside of work, he also volunteers as a deputy supervisor at the Springvale Monash Legal Service. He was born in Hong Kong and is proficient in English, Cantonese, Mandarin and French. In 2018, he was named as a joint winner of the William Ah Ket Scholarship for co-authoring an essay on the topic “What does parity in cultural diversity look like?”.



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