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About The Committee - QUEENSLAND branch


 Queensland Branch Committee Members 2019-2020

Anand Shah

QLD Branch President


Vernon Ting QLD Branch Secretary   

Catherine Chiang

Committee Member

 

Linda Cho

Committee Member 

 

Tuck Chung

Committee Member

 
Sarah de Wit Committee Member   

Natalie Duong

Committee Member

 

Reimen Hii

Committee Member

 

Sian Hur

Committee Member

 
Chasely Kern Committee Member   

Dominic Nguyen

Committee Member

 

Stephanie Tang

Committee Member

 

Amy Tian

Committee Member

 

Kathy Tin

Committee Member 

 

Anand Shah, Queensland Branch President


Anand joined the Bar over 21 years ago (Carbolic Group Chambers) after practising as a solicitor for 11 years.  Anand’s practice areas include commercial litigation, administrative law, succession, defamation, personal injuries and human rights.  He has appeared in the High Court, Queensland Court of Appeal, Federal Court and as trial counsel in all State Courts, the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, QCAT and the Queensland Coroners Court.

Anand is a Nationally Accredited Mediator and has acted as a mediator in commercial, professional negligence, succession and personal injuries disputes.  Anand is also an accredited Family Law Property Specialist (Bar Association of Queensland).

Anand has been elected by the Queensland Bar, on many occasions, to serve on its Bar Council (the Bar’s peak executive body).  In 2012 and 2013, Anand chaired the QUT Learning Potential Fund (LPF) committee.  LPF supports socio-economically disadvantaged QUT students and is the largest fund of its type in Australia.  Through LawRight, Anand has undertaken much pro-bono work.  He has mentored students and junior practitioners throughout his career.  He has presented at and designed legal conferences for over 20 years and written for LexisNexis over a similar period.

In his spare time, Anand reads broadly outside the law, listens to the radio and vinyl records, enjoys Australian and international cinema, visits many art galleries and hangs out and travels with his wife (Kris) and their pooch, Jasper.  

 

Vernon Ting, Queensland Branch Secretary

Vernon is a solicitor in the in-house legal team at Brisbane Airport Corporation Pty Ltd and provides strategic and practical legal advice and solutions to all areas of the business.  He has a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) from the University of Queensland and completed his Practical Legal Training at the Queensland University of Technology. He also studied law for 6 months at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom.

Vernon is an Australian-born Chinese and grew up as a Brisbane local.  He is fluent in English and Cantonese.  His passion for travelling has led him to travel to over 20 countries where he had the opportunity to embed himself into different cultures.  Vernon is passionate in promoting cultural diversity in the legal profession and believes that his involvement as a committee member of the AALA will help improve Asian cultural awareness and understanding.


Catherine Chiang, Committee Member


Catherine is a barrister at Griffith Chambers.  She has a broad commercial practice, with a focus on real property disputes, construction disputes, equity, insolvency and administrative law.   As a native Mandarin-speaker with Chinese and Taiwanese heritage, Catherine also specialises in cross-cultural disputes and cross-jurisdictional matters involving Mandarin-speaking litigants and assets in Asia.

Prior to her call to the Bar, Catherine practised as a solicitor in commercial litigation, building and construction, and property law at national mid-sized and boutique commercial firms.  She has also practised as an employed barrister in the Litigation and Administrative Law team of the Department of Housing and Public Works where she represented the State of Queensland in civil litigation.

A founding member of the AALA Queensland Branch in 2016, Catherine hopes that AALA can provide the mentoring and networks for early career lawyers and law students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds who might otherwise not have extensive contacts in the legal industry.  Catherine also sits on the Bar Association of Queensland's Equal Opportunity and Diversity Committee.

Catherine is passionate about improving access to justice, particularly for culturally and linguistically diverse litigants. She accepts pro bono briefs through LawRight and volunteers as duty lawyer at its Enforcement Hearing Service and Fair Work Settlement Conference Program. She also undertakes pro bono work for refugees in judicial review proceedings of protection visa decisions.

 

Linda Cho, Committee Member

Linda is a criminal and child protection lawyer with Legal Aid Queensland in Brisbane.  She graduated from The University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Arts (International Studies and Political Science) and completed her practical legal training with Australian National University.

Linda is also a committee member of the Far North Queensland Law Society and was an active member of the legal profession in Far North Queensland.  She has previously worked for a private criminal law firm and was an Associate to a District Court Judge.  Linda also volunteered with the Cairns Community Legal Centre and is currently sitting as an advisory council member for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Linda was born in South Korea, before immigrating to Australia.  She speaks fluent Korean and is a great supporter of cultural diversity in the legal profession.  She hopes her involvement as a committee member of the AALA will help her promote cultural diversity in regional Queensland.


Tuck Chung, Committee Member

Tuck Chung is a senior associate at Baker & McKenzie and advises local and international clients in M&A transactions, mining projects and general corporate issues.  He is a member of BakerDNA, a committee within Baker & McKenzie with objectives of promoting ethnic, indigenous and cultural diversity within the firm, cultivating a diverse and inclusive workplace.  He has a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) from the University of Melbourne.

Tuck grew up in Malaysia in a multicultural society and is fluent in Malay, English, Mandarin and Cantonese.  He hopes that AALA will gradually grow a platform to help Asian Australian law students and young lawyers to navigate their professional career path.


Sarah de Wit, Committee Member

Coming soon!


Natalie Duong, Committee Member

Natalie is a legal practitioner at Littles Lawyers, a specialist law firm that practices exclusively in personal injuries law. Through her work at Littles, Natalie is dedicated to helping people from a wide range of backgrounds obtain proper legal advice and access to justice. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Queensland University of Technology.

With a keen desire to give back to the community, Natalie has previously volunteered at LawRight (formerly QPILCH), RSPCA, B105 Special Children's Christmas Party and the Lady Cilento Hospital.

In the early years of her studies, Natalie worked in a general practice law firm which provided legal services to Brisbane’s Vietnamese community. Through her involvement in the AALA, Natalie hopes to promote cultural diversity in the law and foster a culture that embraces difference and encourages understanding.


Reimen Hii, Committee Member

 

Reimen is a barrister and nationally accredited mediator.  He has a broad generalist practice which includes commercial litigation, administrative law, family law, property law, and human rights.  He predominantly focuses on commercial and international disputes.

Before being called to the Bar, Reimen worked as an associate at Wotton + Kearney, a leading international insurance law firm.  He has also worked as a lawyer at a boutique Brisbane commercial litigation firm, as a registrar of the Supreme Court of Tonga, at a top-tier national firm, as a judge’s associate, and as a legal officer at a UN-backed war crimes tribunal in Cambodia. 

Reimen volunteers with LawRight Inc., the Caxton Legal Centre, and Youth Without Borders.  He is a member of the Bar Association of Queensland’s human rights committee; he also a member of the Australian Lawyers for Human Right’s Queensland committee and Business & Human Rights subcommittee.  Reimen's dedication to pro bono work and diversity advocacy was recognised nationally by the Law Council of Australia when he was awarded the Australian Young Lawyer of the Year Award in 2019.

Reimen is passionate about diversity and access to justice.  Through the AALA he seeks to contribute to the growing dialogue about diversity in the law, and to encourage greater CALD diversity in the senior ranks of the legal profession.


Sian Hur, Committee Member


Sian is a student at the University of Queensland, studying law and finance.  She is also a content writer for the Lawyers Weekly.  Her article focused on her experience in law school as a student of an Asian-Australian background as well and in it, she noted the importance of cultural diversity in the legal field.  She also acted as a volunteer mentor for a non-profit organisation to help children learn self-defence.

Sian endeavours to promote diversity for the upcoming generation and was invited as a panel guest speaker for the Young Scholars Program at the University of Queensland to share her knowledge and personal experiences in the industry.  She comes from a Korean background and speaks fluent Korean.  Through her involvement in the AALA, she hopes to bring the diverse upcoming and existing legal professionals together.

Chasely Kern, Committee Member 


Chasely recently graduated with a Juris Doctor from Bond University and has been admitted to practise as a solicitor. She also holds a Bachelor of Music (voice) from Central Queensland University where she majored in opera singing. Her areas of interest are criminal, domestic violence and family law.

Chasely was President of the Bond Asian Law Students Association and hosted events that promoted and encouraged cultural diversity within the law. Her interest in Asia has allowed her to study at CUPL (China University of Political Science and Law) in Beijing and complete courses in mandarin.

Chasely aims to support the AALA committee by increasing the awareness of the AALA and their work to students and members of the legal profession.

Outside of law, Chasely enjoys attending performances by Opera Queensland, walks along the Brisbane River and yoga.


Dominic Nguyen, Committee Member


Dominic is a barrister at Lilley Chambers in Brisbane where he practises in the areas of criminal, family and domestic violence law as well as coronial inquests and Government inquiries.  He is also a sessional academic at the Australian National University and is a volunteer lawyer at the SouthWest Brisbane Community Legal Centre in Inala.  He has a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from The University of Queensland, a Juris Doctor from The University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Civil Law from The University of Oxford.

Prior to being called to the Bar, Dominic was a solicitor at a number of top-tier law firms and a solicitor advocate at a smaller general practice; he was also a legal officer at the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry.

Dominic would love to see more ethnic diversity at the Bar and wants to inspire more Asian-Australians to become barristers.  He looks forward to the day when appearing before an Asian-Australian judge or magistrate becomes the norm.


Stephanie Tang, Committee Member

Stephanie is a lawyer at Allens.  She holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts (International Relations/Criminology) from the University of Queensland,.   Her interest in international relations and culture has led her to complete a Diploma in European Studies in Vienna and undertake a clerkship in Hong Kong.

Stephanie is a passionate supporter of greater cultural diversity in the legal profession and hopes that her involvement as a committee member of the AALA will bring further awareness to this important issue.


Amaryllis Tian, Committee Member

Amaryllis is a solicitor at King & Wood Mallesons.  She is actively involved in the firm’s cultural diversity and community engagement initiatives, including the firm’s China Cultural Engagement Committee, which assists Australian clients looking to invest into Asia and vice versa.  Amaryllis is also involved in the firm’s Reconciliation & Empowerment program which assists Indigenous Australians through pro bono projects and collaborations with Indigenous organisations.

Amaryllis comes from a Chinese background, but grew up in New Zealand and Australia.  She speaks fluent Mandarin  and is passionate about building greater cross-cultural awareness and collaboration between Australia and Asia.  She hopes, through her involvement in the AALA, to help empower the next generation of talented young lawyers to open up greater dialogue and collaboration between Asia and Australia.


Kathy Tin, Committee Member

Kathy is an Associate within the real estate team at Norton Rose Fulbright Australia. She has over 7 years’ of experience in property law, currently with particular focus on projects and developments matters.  Kathy predominantly advises private sector developers, vendors and purchasers in relation to a range of flat land and strata-titled developments, sale and acquisition of residential and commercial development sites, negotiation of put and call options, dealing with development management agreements, preparation of pre-sale contract and statutory disclosure documents, strata body corporate related matters and legal due diligence.

In her previous roles working in private practices, Kathy advised corporate clients and State government departments in property matters such as acquisition and sale of residential and commercial site transactions and legal due diligence. She was part of Property Council of Australia’s 500 Women In Property program in 2019.

In additional to her local Australian experience in property law, Kathy has also had overseas experience working in Hong Kong for 3 years in commercial law and in banking and insolvency litigation.  Furthermore, Kathy gained some diverse and interesting experience by working as a Trainee Registrar in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court for 9 months before she made the move to Hong Kong.

Kathy was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Hong Kong and Brisbane.  She speaks fluent Cantonese and Mandarin.  Kathy is passionate in promoting CALD diversity in the legal profession especially in higher ranks.  She hopes to bring greater awareness of CALD diversity in the legal profession and, through her involvement in the AALA, help in growing the platform for law students and lawyers from a CALD background to come together.

Outside of law, Kathy likes to do pilates, going to the gym and going to theatre performances.




 

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