Principal Migration Lawyer & Director
QUALIFICATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
- Bachelor of Laws
- Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
- Graduate Certificate in Counselling
- Unrestricted Principal Practising Certificate, Queensland Law Society
- Solicitor of the High Court of Australia
- Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland
- Member of the Queensland Law Society
- Member of the Migration Institute of Australia
- Member of the Migration Alliance
Jay is the Principal Migration Lawyer and Director of Hummingbird Legal, admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland.
Having had the invaluable opportunity to study abroad in Australia in his teenage years, Jay decided to call Australia his home. Jay underwent the complex visa application processes numerous times, and went through the Australian Citizenship process on his own. He encountered the hands-on hardships and uncertainties within the Australian migration journey at a young age. Through these very personal experiences, he saw the major issues within the system and this led Jay to pursue his mission of a career in law, especially in Migration Law, in order to help migrants just like himself.
To accomplish his mission, Jay attended Griffith University and the College of Law Australia where he gained his Bachelor of Laws and Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, equipping himself as an admitted lawyer, and a migration advocate in Australia.
Jay’s passion for helping migrants began early in his career. While undertaking his legal studies, Jay continued to be driven towards Migration Law, gaining several years of professional experience as a paralegal in various migration practices. Jay also worked in recruitment and education agencies assisting international students and Australian employers as well as skilled migrant workers find their feet in Australia. In addition to this, Jay received ongoing mentorship through a community law society of his cultural heritage in Australia where he developed great appreciation for diversity and culture. This further inspired his keen interest in and passion for Migration Law in Australia.
Jay also wanted to complement his deep desire in working with clients, with compassion and inclusivity, which derived from his earlier personal experience together with his professional experience as a migration lawyer. This led Jay to obtain empathetic counselling training, gaining a Graduate Certificate in Counselling.
At Hummingbird Legal, Jay works closely with each and every client with humanity and simplicity. He avoids the use of complicated legal jargon, ensuring the already overly-complicated Australian migration process is made as simple and straightforward as it can be for you.
Jay is a strong migration advocate and is highly experienced in challenging government decisions in relation to Australian immigration law, solving difficult migration matters and visa problems including the AAT appeals, visa refusals, visa cancellations, Schedule 3 submissions, health waiver and character concerns.
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Jay likes to take his time with his clients. He will sit with you and try to understand your personal legal obstacles and unique circumstances in order to map out your tailored legal solutions together.
Jay’s mission is evidently successful as he continues to receive positive feedback and strong testimonials from his colleagues, clients and the community.
Client Administration Support
Laiken is our Client Administration Support at Hummingbird Legal.
When you contact our office for the first time, your first point of contact will be Laiken, who will gather some basic information about your legal issue in order to get things moving on your matter.
Laiken works diligently to provide the team with the support and resources needed to give each case the care and attention you deserve. Laiken is highly familiar with our clients’ matters and is always willing to help with anything that does not require legal advice.
In the past, Laiken had previously worked within the Australian education system for over nine years, assisting and tutoring students in both primary and secondary school settings. Laiken has specialised in educational and intervention programs such as QuickSmart, Early Literacy Foundations, Phonological Awareness for Literacy and Reading to Learn. During her time assisting with these programs, Laiken worked almost exclusively with children with physical and intellectual disabilities or English as a Second Language or Dialect, and it was from this time spent teaching children of varying backgrounds that Laiken gained the firm belief that everyone deserves an equal opportunity.
Working on a case by case basis with strong compassion, Laiken strives to provide an equal opportunity for all that she works with.