Tribunal & Court Appeals

We represent and appear on behalf of clients for the following;

Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT)

  • Legal representation where an application for a visa has been refused or cancelled.
  • Legal representation where an applicant has been found not to be a refugee and seeks a review.
  • Legal representation where an applicant's permanent visa has been cancelled on character grounds.

Federal Court

Legal representation for appeals on matters of law.

Federal Magistrates Court

Legal representation in appeals at the AAT.

Our Service

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) does not always make the correct decision about a visa application and for many visas an appeal can be made.  We offer experienced expert and specialist legal representation in appeals for refused applications or cancelled visas.  Such as

  • Employer sponsored visas
  • Temporary 457 visa
  • Employee Nomination Scheme (ENS 186) visa
  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS 187) visa
  • Spouse/Partner visa
  • Refugee/Protection visa
  • Student visa
  • Permanent visa
  • Various family visas

Specialisation LogoWe only appeal decisions if we determine that it has a good chance of success. Our principal Lawyer, Helen Glass is highly experienced in this area and an Accreditied Australian Immigration Law Specialist.  It is important that you contact us as soon as possible for proper advice if you feel the decision is unfair or in error.  We suggest that you do not attempt to appeal the decision yourself to avoid the risk of further failure and having costs awarded against you if you do not succeed.

If you are unhappy about a decision, you should consult with us about appealing the decision.  We specialise in all court and tribunal appeals and look forward to your enquiries.

The Process

The more common appeals are to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and the Federal Magistrates Court.

Once you have entered into a costs agreement with us, we will begin the process of preparing and lodging your appeal and supporting documentation.  If required we will also brief a barrister to attend court.  We will appear with you at all AAT (Administrative Appeals Tribunal) hearings.

We have the expertise and experience to ensure that all relevant legal arguments are presented on your behalf.

Client Portal

Access the status of your matter online, read more about this service here.

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All potential new clients must book a consultation with us first in order for us to advise and assess the circumstances of your situation.  If it is determined that there are grounds for an appeal to the tribunal or courts, you will be quoted an amount that we will charge to represent you in an appeal.

As lawyers, Under Division 3 of Part 4.3 of the Legal Profession Uniform Law (Vic) (“Uniform Law”), we must disclose to you information relating to legal costs, which sets out in detail exactly how you will be charged and when you will be charged in relation to any matter

Our fees are carefully calculated. All matters vary and each case is carefully appraised by us which takes into account, the complexity of the case and the applicant's details and background. By treating each case as unique and individual each client can be confident to receive the individual care and service required.  All fees are inclusive of GST.

Fees do not include disbursements such as court or tribunal fees, barrister fees or any other fees due and payable during the process of your appeal.

Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss our services or make an appointment for a consultation.

Trust Account

Each client is allocated their own trust account once we have entered into a cost agreement and it is our practice as a law firm to have all payments towards costs deposited into our statutory trust account which is subject to annual audits. 

The full lump sum or estimate (please refer to your costs agreement on how you will be charged) amount should be deposited into our trust account by the time all work on your matter is completed.  All third party fees due for services provided in relation to your matter are paid on your behalf from this account.

An updated statement showing a record of transactions and the balance of your trust account is available for you to review through the Client Portal.


  1. Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT)
  2. Federal Magistrates Court
  3. Federal Court

Modified:26/10/2015 16:08:23 EST

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