Anand Shah, Queensland Branch President
Anand joined the Bar over 18 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.
Catherine Chiang, Queensland Branch Secretary
Catherine is an employed barrister in the Litigation and Administrative Law team at the Department of Housing and Public Works. She acts for the State in civil litigation and advises on a wide range of legal issues including administrative decision-making, construction procurement issues, regulatory compliance, tenancy disputes, infrastructure disputes, negligence claims, and information privacy. Prior to becoming a government lawyer in 2017, Catherine practised as a solicitor mainly in commercial litigation and construction dispute resolution at national mid-tier and boutique commercial firms.
Catherine is of Chinese and Taiwanese heritage, and is fluent in spoken and written Mandarin. She has extensive experience advising Chinese State-Owned Enterprises and their Australian subsidiaries, Chinese SMEs, and Chinese-speaking private clients in commercial and property transactions, dispute resolution, and cross-jurisdictional 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. She is also passionate about increasing the number of Asian-Australian barristers in Queensland and hopes to encourage AALA members to pursue careers at the private or employed Bar.
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.
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 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 a legal officer at a UN-back war crimes tribunal in Cambodia.
Reimen volunteers with LawRight Inc., the Caxton Legal Centre, and Youth Without Borders. He is a member of the Queensland Bar Association’s criminal law, and human rights committees; he also a member of the Australian Lawyers for Human Right’s Queensland committee and Business & Human Rights subcommittee.
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.
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.
Linda Cho, Committee Member
Linda is a criminal and child protection lawyer with Legal Aid Queensland in Cairns. 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 currently also a committee member of the Far North Queensland Law Society and 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 volunteers 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.
Vernon Ting, Committee Member
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.
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.
Amaryllis Tian, Committee Member
Amaryllis Tian is a lawyer 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.
Stephanie Tang, Committee Member
Stephanie is in her final year studying a Bachelor of Law/Bachelor of Arts (International Relations/Criminology) at The University of Queensland, and will be commencing as an Allens Graduate in 2019. 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.
William Zhou, Committee Member
William Zhou attends the Queensland University of Technology and works at Herbert Smith Freehills as a paralegal. He is interested in social causes that help develop awareness, assisting a number of not-for-profit associations and charities in general. Particularly, William and his associated business interests have volunteered for and supported community associations in promoting the diverse culture in Brisbane since 2015.
In joining the AALA, he hopes to further contribute to the broader community and assist in developing a strategy to engage students who are interested in the objectives of the association.