I was born in Singapore on 29 May 1961 and grew up in Melaka West Malaysia. I completed my “O” levels before studying Year 12 at Pembroke School in Adelaide.
I studied for a Bachelor of Law degree and graduated from Adelaide University in 1984. I completed a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice at University of SA and was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of South Australia on 16 December 1985.
I began my career in a general legal practice with Mills Shelley Wadlow in Adelaide before joining the Commonwealth Government in mid-1986 as a Legal Officer with the Australian Government Solicitor, gaining experience over a wide range of Commonwealth solicitor work, including property, personal injury and civil litigation.
I was well mentored by senior lawyers in the AGS and was promoted to Senior Legal Officer when the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions was opened in 1989. I conducted criminal prosecutions, trained investigators and provided legal advice to various Government Departments, including the Australian Federal Police, South Australian Police, Australian Taxation Office, Australian Customs Service, Civil Aviation Authority, Centrelink and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.
In 1994, I took a temporary secondment as Principal Legal Officer with the National Crime Authority where I worked on National References to investigate organised crime coordinating work with the Member in relation to Special Hearings and with the Joint Police Task Forces. I also advised Intelligence and Financial Analysts in tracking suspected money laundering activities.
During this time, I completed a Masters of Law at Adelaide University, graduating in 1995.
In 1996, I decided to leave the Commonwealth Government and ventured into private practice, employed as a staff solicitor with Mouldens Solicitors in Adelaide and was again well mentored by Messrs. John Marchant and Michael Arras, the two partners in charge of the Commercial Unit at the firm.
In 1998, I formed my own legal and migration practice, opening an office in the heart of Adelaide’s Chinatown. I have worked as a sole practitioner since, performing paid as well as pro bono work for many satisfied clients.