Firstly I wish to pay tribute to my mentor, Janice Vu for guiding me into the legal profession. Without her guidance I would not be an accredited specialist in immigration law today.
In my personal and professional life I uphold the values of loyalty, honesty, friendship, respect and integrity. These are the foundations on which all interactions and service to clients and cases are based.
During my studies at the University of Adelaide I assisted my parents with their Asian Groceries business in South Australia. In my role I performed the following duties but not limited to:
- Preparation of Financial Statements for the Accountants (Invoices, Book-keeping, BAS).
- Liaising with Government Agencies, Wholesaler, Import/Export Companies.
- Liaising with customers including: individual, organisation, restaurants etc.
- Liaising with the land lord in lease agreement.
My proudest moment was overseeing my parents purchased a dead business at a cheap price and transforming it into a profitable business within a year. Before I left South Australia to pursue my legal career I helped my parents with negotiations in the purchasing the commercial complex where my parents operate their business.
I understand how business operates at a young age and through my work experience I have developed skills such as:
- Public Relation – Dealings with all corporate entities, wholesaler at the fruit markets in Pooraka, and also shop owners.
- Planning, strategising and implementing my plans – Such as purchasing/selling goods to the public on special events such as full moon festivals and New Year.
- Problem solving – Analysing the problems and how to resolve the problems in a timely manner.
- Management skills – Managing Staffs.
These skills have helped to transformed me into the person that I have become today.
2000 – Bachelor of Commerce (University of Adelaide)
2001 – Bachelor of Law (University of Adelaide)
2002 – Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (Law Society of South Australia)
My Legal Career
I was first admitted to practice as a Solicitor/Barrister in the supreme court of South Australia and also the supreme court of NSW in 2002 and hold membership to the Law Society of South Australia and the Law Society of New South Wales.
I have worked in many law firms both in South Australia and New South Wales practicing in areas including but not limited to:
- Criminal Law – I had assisted a Barrister in Canberra and also New South Wales in a criminal case.
- Compensation Law – I had assisted clients in applying for compensation for injuries they suffered whilst working and injuries suffered in Motor vehicle accidents.
- Commercial Law – Sale/Purchase of business contract, Liquor licence, leasing contracts.
- Family Law – Divorce application, Child maintenance, Financial agreement, Consent orders, property settlement.
The experiences that I have gained in various law firms, though short gave me an insight of the various fields of laws.
Towards the end of 2002, I joined Janice Vu & Associates. During the course of my legal career I developed an interested in Immigration law and predominantly work in this area. I have acted for many clients in application for migration to Department of Immigration and Border Protection and appeals to the Migration Review Tribunal, AAT, Federal Magistrate Court and also Federal Court. I am passionate about my work and dedicated to my clients. My aim is the best possible outcome for my client and their cause as such I have gained a reputation and through words of mouth, my clienteles have grown over the years.
In 2011 my mentor decided to return to study and did her Master in Law. My mentor decided to transfer the business to me. Vinh Duong & Associates was opened on 1 January 2011, I am the Director and Principal of Vinh Duong and Associates Lawyers.
2011 – Accredited Specialist in Immigration Law (Law Society NSW)
2012 – Accredited Specialist in Immigration Law (Law Society of South Australia)
Law Society of New South Wales
Law Society of South Australia
Australian Migration Agents Registration Authority
New South Wales Notaries Public
Law Council of Australia