If you’re looking for an immigration lawyer or migration agent in Sydney then let us introduce you to our team.
Abraham Ishkhanian, Principal
Abraham Ishkhanian is the Principal Solicitor of the firm. He started his career in Small Business.
It wasn’t until a family tragedy led him to the legal profession that he realised he wanted to take a different direction in his life.
Now as a lawyer his aim is to apply his communication skills and business operations knowledge to empower our clients to make sensible decisions and provide the support to help them reach their goals in their lives or in their work and business.
To put it simply, “I don’t want our clients to feel the same way I did when I sought legal help, before I was a lawyer”. His comprehensive understanding of running a business outside legal practice in a different industry allows him, now, as a lawyer, to assist SME’s effectively and to help countless clients.
His role in the firm is to focus on Immigration, Commercial Law, Retail and Commercial Leasing, Business Sales and Purchases, Wills, Estates and Family Law, with a particular interest in assisting Small to Medium Businesses.
Abraham Ishkhanians’ registered migration agent number is 1678231.
Australian Immigration Lawyer Brett Slater is the founder of the firm and has since taken the role of Special Counsel.
Brett has degrees in Arts and Law from Sydney University. Before completing his studies he travelled widely, learning about the world and visiting or living in 17 countries. The experience was invaluable and the list of countries has grown since then. After qualifying but before choosing to specialise in Immigration law, Brett worked in general practice undertaking a wide range of litigation and commercial and family-related work. This breadth of experience has proved particularly useful when, in difficult immigration cases, issues arise in relation to companies, trusts, tax, assignments, the FIRB, partnerships, the Family Law Act, pre-requisites for divorce, custody, adoption, guardianship and a range of other areas requiring generalist knowledge and experience.
From 1995 to 2000 Brett was appointed each year by the President of the Law Society of New South Wales as a member of the Business Law Committee of the Society. This committee reviewed new and proposed developments in the law and provided advice and guidance to the Society’s Council. Together with representatives from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Amnesty International, the Council of Churches, the Law Institute of Victoria and UNHCR, Brett was for 6 years a member of the Refugee Review Tribunal Liaison Committee convened by that Tribunal. From 1995 – 2002 Brett sat on the Immigration Committee of the International Law Section of the Law Council of Australia. In 2003 and 2004 he was appointed by the President of the Law Society to its Immigration and Administrative Law Committee.
Brett has lectured widely for institutions such as the Law Society of New South Wales, Young Lawyers, the CLE Centre, IARC and the University of New South Wales. His work has been published in the Law Society Journal. The firm has also delivered lectures about Australian law in several provinces in China, at the request of the Australia – China Chamber of Commerce and Industry of NSW.
In 2005 Brett was appointed by the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA) as Chair of a select committee. The task of the committee was to recommend which universities, throughout Australia, should be allowed to provide Graduate Certificate courses in Immigration law.
From 2005 to 2010 Brett was appointed to the Law Society’s Specialist Accreditation Committee (SAC) for immigration lawyers. The SAC sets standards for lawyers who wish to apply to become accredited as immigration specialists and examines and assesses applications for accreditation. Subsequently he sat on the Society’s Human Rights committee.
Brett has since 2003 been appointed by the Federal Court of Australia as a panel member of the RRT Legal Advice Scheme. In that capacity he has given advice to over 100 refugee applicants selected for him by the Court. As a result of the firm’s work, a number of those applicants succeeded in their court applications.
Associate Solicitor and Migration Agent Ayah Soltan is an Associate at the firm. She is one of only 36 lawyers in NSW are recognised as an Accredited Specialist in Immigration Law by the NSW Law Society. Ayah’s recognition as a specialist is a reflection of her hard work, expertise and passion in immigration law. Ayah holds a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology, Sydney. She is admitted to practice in the High Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of New South Wales. Additionally, Ayah is also a registered Migration Agent. Ayah comes from a Palestinian background and is a fluent speaker of Arabic.She commenced her legal career at a boutique CBD firm in 2010. She worked on a range of legal matters but decided that immigration was her calling. Ayah’s immigration law experience is now extensive and ranges from visa applications to more complex matters such as visa cancellations, appeals to tribunals and courts and requests for ministerial intervention. Ayah represents clients from all walks of life and enjoys working on challenging cases.
Migration Agents Registration Number 1278544.
Nadine Elhage graduated from the University of Technology Sydney with a Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Law in 2012. She is admitted as a Solicitor in the Supreme Court of NSW and is admitted to practice in the High Court of Australia. Nadine is also a Registered Migration Agent.
She was the Judicial and Administrative Merits Review Coordinator at her previous legal role for three years which enabled her to acquire substantial skills and knowledge which helped her achieve a deep understanding and interest of immigration law.
Whilst at university she intentionally worked in many different branches of legal practice as she could and decided that one of the most enjoyable industries to work in was immigration law.
She comes from a Lebanese background and is fluent in Arabic.
Now at Brett Slater Solicitors Nadine has extensive experience working with foreign clients on complex migration matters.