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Victoria Branch Committee Members 2020-2021

Kelvin Ng VIC Branch President
Jenny Si VIC Branch Secretary   
Jenny Au Committee Member 
Nikki Doan
Committee Member  

Kimberley Jayne Hale

Committee Member   
Linda Hanley Committee Member  
Radhika Kanhai Committee Member  
Adrian Lee Committee Member  
Christina LienCommittee Member 
Lizia Lim Committee Member  
Mary Liu Committee Member  
Daniel D Nguyen Committee Member
Tuanh Nguyen Committee Member
Lily Sarkar Committee Member
Jayr Teng Committee Member  
Joshua Wong Committee Member  

Kelvin Ng, Victoria Branch President

Kelvin Ng is the President of the Victorian Branch of the AALA, having been involved with the AALA since 2018.

Kelvin’s motivation for pursuing greater cultural diversity in the law arises from his belief in the quintessentially Australian notion of the ‘fair go’, which embodies the egalitarian ideals of the society in which we live and work. This is particularly important in the legal profession due to the pivotal role it plays in upholding the rule of law, including equality before the law, regardless of race, gender or other attributes.

In 2018, Kelvin 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?’. He has been heavily involved in student engagement, having previously chaired the Victorian Student Liaison subcommittee and convened the national University Outreach subcommittee.

At a national level, Kelvin is currently the convenor of the national Partnerships and Sponsorship, and Student Engagement subcommittees.

Outside of his direct capacity as an AALA committee member, Kelvin’s broader involvement in the D&I space includes:

  • being a member of the LIV Diversity Committee;
  • being a panellist at the Deakin Law Students’ Society ‘Diversity in Law’ Panel in 2019;
  • writing an article on the topic ‘Dealing with discrimination’, which was published in the 2019 LIV Young Lawyers Journal (Autumn Edition);
  • being featured in the student-run project, ‘Law in Colour’; and
  • being a mentor in the Monash Cultural and Lingual Appreciation Network Mentoring Program.

In terms of his cultural background, Kelvin was born in Hong Kong and is proficient in English, Cantonese, Mandarin and French.

Outside of the D&I space, Kelvin’s day job is as an associate in the litigation team at Norton Rose Fulbright, specialising in regulatory investigations and disputes, with expertise in:

  • corporations;
  • competition;
  • consumer protection; and
  • privacy.

He has assisted with the conduct of high profile and large scale investigations and proceedings on behalf of ASIC, the ACCC and OAIC.

Jenny Si, Victoria Branch Secretary

Jenny Si is the Victorian Branch Secretary of the AALA, having been involved with the organisation since 2014 in various capacities. She is the current chair of the Victorian Networking subcommittee and the current co-convenor of the national William Ah Ket Scholarship subcommittee.

Jenny is a solicitor at JT Lawyers and has experience in property law, commercial and retail leasing, business sales and acquisitions, dispute resolution and estate and succession planning.

Prior to her current role, she has worked in suburban legal practice, an in-house legal team and the community legal sector. Jenny is a Board Member and Secretary of the Flemington and Kensington Community Legal Centre.

Jenny is incredibly proud of the work the AALA does in promoting and raising awareness of the importance of a culturally diverse and inclusive legal profession. She looks forward to continuing to actively contribute to this cause and to the overall objectives of the AALA in general.

Nikki Doan, Committee Member

Nikki Doan is a law clerk at Rowson Brasse Commercial Lawyers and currently completing her Bachelor of Laws/Commerce degree at Deakin University.

Nikki is the Chair of the Victorian AALA Social Media & IT sub-committee, as well as sitting on the advocacy, sponsorships & partnerships, and student liaison sub-committees. Prior to this, she served as the Director of Social Justice and Equity on the Deakin Law Students’ Society and engaged students to explore issues including diversity and discrimination in the law, modern slavery, police brutality, and native title land rights.

Nikki has lived in 4 countries across the Asia-Pacific and is proficient in Vietnamese, Hokkien Chinese, and English.

The AALA provides Nikki the opportunity to advocate for the experiences of the culturally and linguistically diverse people within the Australian legal industry and law schools. She looks forward to contributing to this cause and collaborating with other Asian-Australian legal professionals.

Linda Hanley, Committee Member

Linda Hanley is a Senior Associate at Adviceline Injury Lawyers and is also the head of the Chinese Practice at Adviceline. She is an expert in personal injuries litigation and practices primarily in WorkCover, public liability and medical negligence matters.

Linda is passionate about assisting culturally diverse clients, in particular, those within the Chinese community, navigate the complicated personal injuries jurisdiction. She seeks to offer legal services to her Chinese clients in their own language and furthermore, offer her legal services in a culturally empathetic and understanding way.

Linda is keen to offer her skill set to the AALA over 2021 and to support a cause that is also dear to her heart – which is to see the legal industry in Australia transform to one that is truly culturally diverse.

Linda is able to speak fluent Cantonese and basic Mandarin.

Radhika Kanhai, Committee Member

Radhika has over 20 years’ experience in complex court litigation and dispute resolution. Her specific areas of expertise include corporate reconstruction and insolvency, personal insolvency, estate litigation, leasing disputes, contractual breaches, franchising and Corporations Act matters.

Radhika has also undertaken extensive accredited mediation training, resulting in particular expertise in the area of alternative dispute resolution through negotiation, mediation and conciliation processes. This enables her to achieve the best practical and achievable outcomes for our clients.

In addition, Radhika is privileged to have been recognised as a recommended lawyer in Doyles Leading Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyers Guide, and she is also a Lexology Client Choice recipient and was awarded the Outstanding Female Award 2018 by Women in Insolvency and Restructuring Victoria.

Adrian Lee, Committee Member

Adrian Lee is a committee member and the current chair of the Events subcommittee. Adrian was born in Malaysia and is passionate about advancing equality, diversity and inclusion within the legal profession.

Adrian specialises in complex commercial disputes and litigation, with a particular focus on banking and finance litigation and recoveries. He has acted for ASX listed financiers, authorised deposit-taking institutions and receivables financiers in the enforcement of real property mortgages, chattel securities and unsecured loans. He is experienced in dealing with priority disputes of securities including disputes concerning caveats, equitable interests in real property and PPSA disputes.

Christina Lien, Committee Member

Christina is a Melbourne based Immigration lawyer at Craddock Murray Neumann. She has broad experience in the legal, government and the not for profit sector.

Christina is a passionate contributor to cultural diversity in the legal profession. She hails from Adelaide and is of Chinese/Vietnamese background. She has contributed to the legal profession through her committee and Law Society volunteer roles:

  • Law Society of South Australia - Member of Council
  • Law Society of South Australia - Committee Member for Public and Administrative Law
  • Law Society of South Australia - Committee Member for Space Law and
  • Asian Australian Lawyers Association - Committee Member of the SA Branch

Daniel D Nguyen, Committee Member

Daniel D Nguyen is the immediate past President of the Victorian Branch and a founding committee member of the AALA.

He is an established commercial and common law barrister.

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

He completed his legal internship at Galbally Rolfe and began his legal career as Associate to the Hon. Tony Pagone QC, then head of the Commercial Court at the Supreme Court of Victoria (now Commissioner to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety).

He read with Simon McGregor (now Coroner) and his senior mentor is Andrew Keogh SC (now Supreme Court Judge).

Daniel’s memberships include:

  • Bar Councillor in 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20, Victorian Bar Council.
  • Accredited Advocacy Coach (through the Australian Advocacy Institute): Daniel teaches advocacy in the Victorian Bar Readers' Course and at the Legal Training Institute in Papua New Guinea.
  • Secretary General - International Commission of Jurists Victoria (past).
  • Board Member - Flemington-Kensington CLC (past).
  • Sessional Law Tutor in Torts, Monash University (past).  

Jayr Teng, Committee Member

Jayr is a barrister at the Victorian Bar. He practices in all aspects of health and medical law including, public and administrative law, medical negligence, disciplinary proceedings, coronial inquests, criminal and quasi-criminal matters. His practice also extends to commercial law and taxation law.

Before coming to the bar, Jayr had 10 years of broad legal and commercial experience. He is an experienced litigator having worked as a Principal Solicitor at the Department of Health and Human Services, as Legal Counsel at Western Health and as a lawyer at Meridian Lawyers and Ashurst Australia.

Jayr holds a Master of Laws (specialising in taxation) from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Laws from Monash University. He was awarded an academic prize for the law subject Legal Issues in Medicine and is published in a number of legal, academic and health industry journals.

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