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ACT Branch Committee Members 2020-2021


Veer Dhaliwal, ACT Branch President

Veer is our inaugural ACT AALA President, the first South Asian President and first Sikh to hold an executive position in AALA's history. By day, Veer is a Government Commercial Lawyer who specialises in IP, Probity, Procurement and Contracting. In the past, Veer has worked with various Private and Public sector clients e.g. UC, CSU, Monash University, Justice Connect, Department of Agriculture and Department of Defence. Veer is passionate about supporting mental health, social justice, empowering inclusive discussions, equality for all and Seva (A tenet of Sikhism) i.e. the service of others, which for us lawyers embodies itself in the form of Pro-bono services. In the past, Veer has been a University Coordinator (NSW) for Amnesty International Australia, a Secondee to the Pro Bono Clearing House at the Law Society and currently Veer is a National Culture and Identity Network Leader at Sparke Helmore Lawyers. When not working, in order to balance his built up stress and anxiety levels you can find Veer hiking, camping, snowboarding or riding a motorcycle. Veer speaks Punjabi, Hindi and English.


Rahul Bedi, ACT Branch Vice President

Rahul was admitted to practise in 2013. A Senior Associate at Maliganis Edwards Johnson, he primarily focusses on personal injury litigation and is keenly interested in the welfare of all Canberrans. He has been very active in the various functions of the ACT Law Society and contributes through his committee memberships. He has a particular interest in intersectionality and will promote these interests as Vice-President of the ACT Branch of the AALA.


Macky Markar, ACT Branch Secretary

Macky Markar is a lawyer practicing in the Moulis Legal international trade remedy and commercial law teams. His experiences at Moulis Legal include work on trade remedy, foreign investment and property matters with respect to a broad array of international and domestic issues. This includes extensive representation of clients within the Australian anti-dumping framework.

Macky’s interest in international matters stems from early experiences travelling to and living in a number of other countries. This has continued to developed with a love of travelling and engaging with different cultures. Macky has an ongoing interest in issues of social and cultural diversity in the legal profession, and the broader community.

Macky completed a Masters of Laws in International Law at the Australian National University. He is also a graduate of the University of Queensland, where he completed a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance.


Eveline Kuang, Branch Committee Member

Eveline Kuang (Evie) is a solicitor at King & Wood Mallesons, working in the mergers & acquisitions team and specialising in foreign investment.  Prior to joining King & Wood Mallesons, Evie spent almost 10 years’ working in the Commonwealth Government – most recently as a legislative adviser in national security and a policy adviser in foreign investment and critical infrastructure. 

Evie holds a B Commerce/Laws (hons) from the University of Canberra and a Master of Laws from the Australian National University and was admitted in 2014.  Evie speaks [average] Cantonese and [even more average] Mandarin, but is taking advantage of Mandarin lessons offered at King & Wood Mallesons to slowly improve! 

Evie is newly connected with the Asian Australian Lawyers Association and is keen to see the ACT Branch grow and inspire others to connect in and contribute to promoting and raising awareness of the importance of a culturally diverse legal profession.

As a local Canberran, Evie is passionate about giving back to the community and initiatives that inspire people to lead at every level.  Evie has a keen interest in human rights, volunteering and giving back, while aiming to inspire others to do the same.

Outside of the law, Evie is a volunteer with the Australian Red Cross – a national board member (term ending in November 2020) and an ACT Divisional Advisory Board member.  Evie is also a qualified yoga teacher, teaching in Canberra yoga studios and is passionate about promoting wellness and wellbeing, particularly with those who experience stress and burnout, which is prevalent in the legal community. 


James Kwan, Branch Committee Member 

James was admitted to practice in 2012 and commenced his career as a lawyer with the ACT Government representing local Government agencies and regulators in court and tribunal matters. He currently works as a lawyer in the Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation’s Compliance team.

James is proud to have joined AALA’s ACT Chapter as an inaugural Committee Member, and is excited to contribute to AALA’s effort to promote and celebrate diversity within the legal profession throughout the public and private sectors.


Angel Li, Branch Committee Member 

Angel Li was born in China and migrated to Singapore at a young age. She migrated to Australia to pursue her law degree in 2008 and graduated with a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Finance from the Australian National University, and completed a Master of Laws (majoring in commercial litigation) from the College of Law.

Angel was admitted as a lawyer in the Australian Capital Territory and the High Court of Australia in 2013. After being admitted, Angel undertook work at the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal and ACT Supreme Court, and subsequently worked as an associate to The Honourable Magistrate Boss at the ACT Magistrates Court. It was through those experience that Angel developed a passion for litigation work.

Angel is presently a Senior Associate at HWL Ebsworth Lawyers practicing in insurance litigation, specialising in: public liability, medical negligence, workers compensation, catastrophic injuries, compulsory third party insurance and recovery claims.

Angel is passionate about cultural diversity in workplaces and access to justice, and hopes to promote this in the legal community through her participation in the AALA.


Rohan Reddy, Branch Committee Member

Rohan is an associate at Moray & Agnew Lawyers. He graduated from the Australian National University in 2013 and was admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales in 2014. He now lives and works in the Australian Capital Territory.

Rohan has a background in commercial litigation and property law but now largely practices in insurance litigation. Rohan is a keen on mentoring and assisting law students and junior lawyers of culturally diverse backgrounds as they enter the profession. 


Mythili Anumarlapudi (Mya), Branch Committee Member

For the past four years, Mya has worked as a senior lawyer with the Commonwealth Government on litigation and commercial matters. On her weekends, she volunteers with the ACT State Emergency Service. She was admitted to the Victoria Supreme Court  in 2015 and has Masters of Law in International Law from the Australian National University. She has worked in legal roles in the private sector both here and in Paris in addition to working as an Associate in the Administration Appeals Tribunal. She is passionate about supporting and developing  all members of the legal profession.

Mya is keen to promote diversity in the legal field and looks forward to promoting the work and objectives of the AALA in Canberra, in particular increasing the capability of lawyers by facilitating further education.

Leila Galang, Branch Committee Member

Silas Otto, Branch Committee Member

Guillaume Nouri-Girones, Branch Committee Member

Guillaume Nouri is a Law Graduate at HWL Ebsworth Lawyers, and was admitted in 2020. He immigrated to Australia in 2008 and is particularly passionate about helping young people of multicultural backgrounds achieve their goals in this industry.   
He spent three years with the University of Canberra Law Students' Society (CLSS) as Careers Director, and President. The University of Canberra benefits from a diverse pool of Domestic and International students, and the CLSS was pivotal in providing students of different backgrounds with as many opportunities for networking, mentoring and placements.

    Veena Bedekar, Branch Committee Member

    Veena is a Special Counsel at Maddocks in Canberra who practices predominately in commercial property and probity.
    She has spent most of her career working with large firms in Canberra, but also has experience working in UK and Perth.
    She sits on the ACT Law Society’s Council and is the Chair of the ACT Law Society’s Inclusion & Diversity Committee (having been a member of that committee since its inception).
    She has seen the positive changes that diversity brings to the profession, and is keen to help ensure the profession becomes even more inclusive. 



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