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WA Branch Committee Members 2017-2018

Belinda Wong
President
Lori Lim Secretary
Sabrina Tan Committee Member 

Eunice Ong

Committee Member
Natalie Quek
Committee Member
Lucas Tan
Committee Member
Stephanie Tan
Committee Member
Gabriel Wong
Committee Member
Alexandra Zhu
Committee Member
Emily Purvis Committee Member
Amy Lee Committee Member 
Frances Lyn Committee Member 
Kai Low Committee Member 
Pearl Wong Committee Member 
Dell Butler Committee Member 
Peter Le Inaugural & Immediate Past President

  

Belinda Wong, President

Belinda Wong is a Senior Associate practising in the areas of construction and major projects disputes in the Perth office. She has had many years' experience acting for multinational and national entities (including major mining, engineering, construction and property development companies) in a range of disputes, including complex international and local arbitrations, large-scale litigation, adjudications under Security for Payment legislation and mediations. In regard to litigation, she has acted in both federal and state jurisdictions including the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal, the Federal Court and the High Court. She has also provided front-end contract and risk advice to multinational clients.

 

Lori Lim, Secretary

Lori practises solely in the area of insurance litigation and has extensive experience in managing claims for insurers and  their insureds. She has worked across a broad range of public liability matters, both with respect to personal injury and property damage. She is also experienced working on professional indemnity matters.


Sabrina Tan, Committee Member

Sabrina graduated with a Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies) degree and a Postgraduate Certificate in Chinese Law from Murdoch University in mid 2012. Alongside her studies, Sabrina worked for a variety of small boutique law firms and interned at an international firm in Singapore in their Intellectual Property division.

After graduation, Sabrina commenced her legal career with one of Perth’s most prominent criminal lawyers for 3 years. In addition to her experience in criminal advocacy, she also undertook the conduct of the firm’s family law matters and subsequently became the “in-house family lawyer”. During this time, she assisted counsel and Senior Counsel in a wide range of parenting and property disputes.

Sabrina was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of WA in July 2014.

In mid-2016, Sabrina commenced work at O’Sullivan Davies. She has a strong interest in complex property settlements and parenting cases involving child protection and allegations of abuse.  Sabrina is a member of the Asian Australian Lawyers Association.

Outside of work, Sabrina enjoys yoga and reading. She is currently learning Mandarin.


Eunice Ong, Committee Member

Eunice has worked on a range of litigious and non-contentious matters in the employment and commercial space and is now specialising in Employment Law / Workplace Relations & Safety. Eunice is also a member of the Industrial Relations Society of Western Australia.


Natalie Quek, Committee Member

Natalie practices in a wide range of commercial and business law matters and specialises in all areas of property law. Natalie has experience drafting and advising corporate and individual clients on general commercial contracts including business and asset sales and acquisitions, securities, trusts, shareholder agreements, construction contracts, service agreements, joint ventures and intellectual property. She has extensive experience in commercial property development, sales and acquisitions, due diligence and leasing. Natalie is a trustee of the MPH Foundation which is responsible for co-ordinating pro bono work and projects conducted by MPH. She also speaks French and Chinese (Mandarin).


Lucas Tan, Committee Member

Lucas is a litigation and insolvency lawyer based in Perth. His experience encompasses a broad range of commercial litigation matters with a particular focus on mining disputes and financial product class action claims. Lucas also works in the insolvency space, where he assists creditors with security enforcement, and administrators with workouts and various formal insolvency regimes.  Lucas is keen to promote cultural diversity within the legal profession and aims to contribute to dialogue regarding diversity and its link to innovation.


Stephanie Tan, Committee Member

Stephanie practices predominantly in corporate/commercial litigation and dispute resolution. She has extensive experience in Federal, Supreme, District and Magistrates Court matters relating to disputes under the Corporations Act, construction disputes, insolvency, and general contractual and partnership disputes. Stephanie holds qualifications in Law and Commerce with a double major in Accounting and Corporate Finance from The University of Western Australia.  Stephanie is a member of the Law Society of Western Australia and the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association.


Gabriel Wong, Committee Member

Gabriel has experience in handling property and commercial matters. Gabriel has worked with individuals through to larger organisations on issues as diverse as wills and estates to property development.  He revels in the breadth and diversity of new and interesting matters, citing the application of the constantly evolving law as a compelling challenge. Gabriel’s professional memberships include the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), the Property Law Committee and the Law Society of Western Australia.


Alexandra Zhu, Committee Member

Alexandra practices predominantly in corporate and commercial litigation and has provided advice to listed companies, indigenous corporations and private clients in proceedings in both state and federal jurisdictions. She has also acted as instructing solicitor in relation to high profile four to six week trials in both the District and Supreme Court of Western Australia. She has a working knowledge of the ASX regulatory and compliance requirements and has experience in respect of contractual claims, misleading or deceptive conduct claims, member oppression actions, Corporations Act matters and equitable actions such as breach of fiduciary duties.


Emily Purvis, Committee Member

Emily graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce in 2016. During the course of her studies, she travelled to Hong Kong to study Chinese Law and Hong Kong Banking Law. As a Graduate currently rotating through the Corporate team at Herbert Smith Freehills in Perth, Emily has gained experience assisting on client matters in the energy and resources sector with project acquisition and divestment, transaction structuring and M&A. Emily is particularly interested in cross border transactions, international investment and commerciality. Emily is a native English speaker, has basic Mandarin capability and intermediate Bahasa Indonesia capability.


Amy Lee, Committee Member

Amy is a financial services lawyer in Perth. Amy's experience spans the non-profit sector, consumer protection and credit laws. After a short stint abroad at the World Trade Organisation with the Australian Mission, Amy now practices in civil litigation and financial services enforcement. Amy is also a member of Women Lawyers Association WA and spends her weekends knitting and boxing.


Frances Lyn, Committee Member

Frances is a workers compensation lawyer. Born in Oxford, United Kingdom but spent most of her life in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia unit moving to Perth in 2006. Frances in fluent in Malay.


Kai Low, Committee Member

I graduated from University of Western Australia in 2017 with a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) and a Bachelor of Commerce. Last year, I  started as a Graduate with Herbert Smith Freehills in March 2017, and have rotated through the Corporate and Finance Teams. I have had experience assisting vendors and purchasers with due diligence and structuring of transactions across a variety of sectors including oil and gas and renewable energy. I was also fortunate enough to get experience in a range of financing including a focus on project and corporate finance in the mining, energy and infrastructure sectors.

I am a native English speaker, and I have intermediate Business Mandarin capability. I have a great interest in connecting Australia with Asia and am heavily involved in the China Team at Herbert Smith Freehills being both a member, assisting in a secretarial capacity and arranging the weekly Chinese Business Mandarin classes for Herbert Smith Freehills’ staff. Last year, I assisted in arranging and managing an event to raise money for the Big Issue (being responsible for the prizes committee), the event was very successful and raised over $18,000. I have had experience in seeking sponsorships for a number of events in the past, and truly believe in what AALA represents and what AALA hopes to achieve. I would like to assist in any way possible and would greatly appreciate it if I was considered for a role in any of the sub-committees.


Pearl Wong, Committee Member

Pearl Wong graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Juris Doctor degree in 2017. Pearl has been working as a law graduate in the commercial space since. Pearl also travels extensively between Singapore, Indonesia and Australia and hopes to work in cross boarder commercial transactions between Australia and Indonesia.


Dell Butler, Committee Member

Dell has recently been admitted (November 2017) to practice as a lawyer and is working at Clayton Utz in the firm's Commercial Litigation practice . Dell who is half British and half Singaporean-Chinese, is a relative newcomer to Perth having arrived 4 years ago and commenced a Juris Doctor at UWA shortly after arriving. Prior to starting law, Dell worked in the not-for-profit sector in London and Singapore and she remains committed to maintaining an active pro bono practice, as well as, contributing to the legal and wider community. Dell is a mentor under the Law Society's Young Lawyers Committee mentoring programme. She also hopes to do more in the space of mental health awareness in law, an issue which she is passionate about.

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