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Raymond Tan, Director

Raymond Tan, Director From the streets of Tiong Bahru, Singapore to Perth , Western Australia, Who is Raymond? The law practice of Tan and Tan Lawyers Pty Ltd have been around for over 3 decades having started with Charles Tan and Co in 1984. The director, Raymond Tan took over the practice from his brother Charles Tan in July 2003.

Raymond and Charles come from a family of 10. They have a modest background. Mum was a seamstress while dad was a taxi driver. Raymond is the youngest son of the Tan clan. There was not much parental control as the result of the large family. Raymond spent much of his youth hanging around his neighbourhood in Tiong Bahru, Singapore. That was the equivalent of the slums in any country.

His youngest memories are of hanging around a banana warehouse that had bananas delivered in bulk for sale to market stall holders. That was at a ripe age of 10 years. Raymond and his young friends used to help the workers unload the bananas for distribution. The left over bananas were given to Raymond and his friends for them to sell at their discretion. Raymond would bring the bananas to the local market and sell them. He learnt a substantial amount of negotiation skills through those experiences. Those lessons in negotiations have helped him and his clients obtain the best possible results whenever negotiations are required.

Raymond has had experience working in numerous jobs including floral delivery man, teaching at a primary school, construction worker, office boy etc. He did his “A” levels in “night school” while working full time as an office boy. Those experiences have helped him to communicate easily with lay persons.

From a young age of 15, he wanted to be a lawyer as it meant helping the less fortunate who are unable to defend themselves. His brother Charles was already a lawyer and was instrumental in fostering in Raymond the love of the law. Raymond was called to the English Bar at Inner Temple, UK in September 1988. He was called to the Western Australia bar in March 1990.

He became the first Asian Notary Public in 19 December 2003. Raymond believes that a lawyer must always look after his client’s interest first. To do that it is important that the lawyer stays objective. His favourite analogy is that of a client swimming in the swamp full of crocodiles. The client does not want his lawyer with him in the swamp. He wants his lawyer on the riverbank and directing the client away from the danger. The lawyer can only do that if the lawyer does not get emotionally involved with the client’s problems.

Tan and Tan Lawyers have a simple mission statement:

Protect our client’s interest and save them money.

Raymond is also a very keen golfer. He is the secretary for the Aus Chinese Golf Association. Read more about the Aus Chinese golf association in Raymond’s blog at auschinesegolf.blogspot.com.au Raymond loves to catch up with clients over a golf game. See also www.auschinesegolf.com.au

Raymond’s pet charity passion is helping the homeless. Raymond has been sleeping out as a homeless lawyer for 10 years in a row to raise funds for the homeless through the annual CEO Sleepout event. See https://www.ceosleepout.org.au/.

You Can also follow Raymond on his Google+ social media profile.

Raymond speaks Mandarin and Cantonese plus a smattering of Indonesian.

Email: ray@tanandtanlawyers.com

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Leo Ren, Lawyer

Yuanzhe Ren (Leo) was born in Guangzhou, China. He was 21 when he first arrived in Perth 7 years ago as an overseas student.

Leo has a strong trilingual background. He can switch between Mandarin, Cantonese and English without any trouble. Being the son of a businessman who operates one of Guangdong’s biggest automobile electric equipment companies, Leo has a business background which helps him to relate to many of his clients.

Leo has experience in the following area of law:

  1. Family law;
  2. Immigration law;
  3. Contracts;
  4. Criminal law; and
  5. Franchising law.

Most of Leo’s clients are Chinese. The ease of communication has helped to ensure the clients are well represented. Leo is a proud member of the following organisations:

  1. The Law Society of Western Australia;
  2. The College of Law Alumni;
  3. Fo Guang Shan Temple of WA; and
  4. Australia Guangdong Business Association (WA).

Email: leo.ren@tanandtanlawyers.com

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Kenneth Chang, Lawyer

Kenneth graduated with a Bachelor of Laws in 2013 from the University of Western Australia. He also holds a Bachelor Of Arts (Honours) majoring in Political Science and International Relations.

Kenneth completed a Diploma of Legal Practice through the College of Law and was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Western Australia in November 2015.

Kenneth has worked at Tan and Tan Lawyers since 2015 and has experience in commercial and civil litigation, migration, franchise, liquor licensing and family law. He is dedicated and strives to achieve excellence through hard work. Kenneth also believes in open and frank communication with his clients as a platform to provide sound legal advice.

Kenneth speaks Mandarin.

 

Email: kenneth.chang@tanandtanlawyers.com

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Eileen Tay, Lawyer

Eileen graduated from Murdoch university with a Bachelor of Commerce & Juris Doctor degree. A highlight of her studies was being selected to attend the highly prestigious Chinese Law Exchange Program in Hong Kong.

Following this she went on to complete a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice at Australian National University before being admitted to the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 2013.

Eileen practices in a range of areas including commercial law, probate and estate planning. She also handles most of the firm’s business settlements files.

Her special interest is in the area of elder abuse. Elder abuse is becoming more prevalent in Western Australia. Eileen would love to help you protect your interest or your elder’s interest in the State Administrative Tribunal.

Having worked in various industries, Eileen finds it easy to relate to people from different backgrounds and appreciates the value of straightforward advice given in a timely manner.

She is fluent in English and Mandarin and has basic conversational ability in Cantonese and Korean.

Email: eileen.tay@tanandtanlawyers.com

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Wonhwa Jung (James), Lawyer

James completed his LLB (Graduate Entry) at Murdoch University in 2016 and was called to the Western Australian bar in 2017.

He first came to Perth in 2007 as a backpacker. He then decided to continue to study law in 2013 as his dream to be a lawyer for the Korean community grew.

Before James migrated from South Korea to Australia, he worked as a journalist after obtaining his Bachelor of Arts majoring in Broadcasting.

During his law study, he has pursued his interests in serving our community by volunteering at the Murdoch University’s Human Rights Clinic for asylum seekers. This has helped him to gain experience in real-life issues.

James is particularly interested in the areas of commercial law and immigration law. James’s career goal is to provide quality legal services to the Korean community and to serve clients with language and cultural barriers.

 

Email: James.jung@tanandtanlawyers.com

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Cosmos Liu, Lawyer

Cosmos is the newest addition to the Tan & Tan Lawyers team.

She graduated with a Juris Doctor degree in 2018 from one of the top Australian universities, University of Sydney. She also holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Business Law and Psychology from the University of Western Australia. She went on to complete a Diploma of Legal Practice through the College of Law and was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Western Australia in July 2019.

Before joining Tan & Tan Lawyers, Cosmos already had several years of experience working as a paralegal in a Sydney law firm. She practices in a variety of areas including commercial law, civil litigation, family law, migration law and estate matters. She is also a member of the Law Society of Western Australia.

Cosmos has a strong bilingual background and can speak and write fluent Chinese. She believes in providing quality and effective legal services to clients by assisting clients to understand the central issues of their problems before offering different options to suit the client’s budget. Cosmos’ practice focused on providing personalised service in a cost effective manner.

 

Email: cosmos.liu@tanandtanlawyers.com

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Counsel’s Profile

Sometimes, in the interest of ensuring best representation for our client, we do refer cases to specialist lawyers who are experts in their selected field of law. Such persons are specialist counsel who practice as barristers.Just like a medical practitioner who practises as a GP, if the case is complex, the GP may refer the patient to a specialist like a brain surgeon.In the legal profession, the specialist is called counsel or a barrister.

I am sometimes asked what the difference is, between a Barrister and a Solicitor. In simple terms it dates back to the old London days. In England, a Barrister predominantly goes to court to argue cases. The Solicitor is not given the right of audience in the Courts other than the lower courts. Barristers therefore are instructed by Solicitors to represent the Solicitor’s clients when matters go to trial. The paperwork for preparing for trial is usually prepared by the Solicitor. Barristers do not see clients other than through a referral from a Solicitor.

In Western Australia, the legal profession is fused in that a lawyer like Raymond Tan can work as a Barrister or a Solicitor. Then you have lawyers like the counsel represented on this web page who decide they only want to do Barrister’s work. Hence they practise in an office called a Bar Chambers. (No, we are always informed that the Bar Chambers does not dispense alcohol though we have our suspicions).

Another snippet of legal history. The next time you see a lawyer in the courts wearing one of their black gowns and wig, you will notice a pouch like pocket at the back of their gowns. Traditionally, the pouch was used by the clients to place the Barrister’s honorarium (or fees) as it was beneath the Barrister to be handed money direct. The World has changed since those times. Nowadays the pouches are sealed as we expect cheques or cash.

The Counsel that we have a close working relationship with is listed here.

Heinrich Moser

Admitted to Practice
High Court of Australia (1995)
Western Australia (1995)

Professional Appointments/Employment
Tertiary Education at University of Zürich, Switzerland and University of Western Australia, LLM (UWA)
Accredited Family Arbitrator
Articled Clerk and Solicitor, Paterson & Dowding 1990 – 1997
Partner, Paterson & Dowding 1997 – 1999
Barrister, Wickham Chambers 1999 –
Currently Stone Chambers.

Preferred Areas of Practice
Appeals / Arbitration/Mediation / Child Welfare / Civil Litigation / Coronial Inquiries / Equity & Trusts / Family Provision After Death / Family/De Facto / Immigration / Intellectual Property / International / Medical Negligence / Personal Injuries / Professional Negligence

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Brian Nugawela

Profile

Admitted to practice in 1993, Brian worked as a solicitor for 7 years principally in all aspects of law pertaining to personal injuries before joining the independent Bar in 2000.

Brian is a Past President of Australian Plaintiff Lawyers Association.

Membership of Professional Organisations

  • Australian Lawyers Alliance
  • Law Society WA

Principal Areas of Practice

  • Appeals
  • Asbestos litigation
  • Criminal injuries compensation
  • Fatal accidents
  • Insurance ( including income protection & disability claims)
  • Medical & Professional negligence
  • Negligence
  • Personal injuries litigation
  • Torts
  • Workers compensation law

Phone: (08) 9323 7755

Fax: (08) 9323 7701

Email: bnugawela@iinet.net.au

Mobile: 0419 887 811

Chambers:
Sir Clifford Grant Chambers
Level 4, Irwin Chambers
16 Irwin Street, Perth Western Australia 6000
Phone: (08) 9323 7778

Qualifications: LLB

Admitted to Practice: 1992

Year Elected to WABA: 2007

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Sean O’Sullivan

  • Chambers Francis – Burt Chambers
  • Street Address – Level 23, Allendale Square, 77 St George’s Terrace, Perth Western Australia 6000
  • Postal Address – GPO Box C122 , Perth Western Australia 6839
  • DX Address – DX 182, Perth
  • Telephone – (08) 9220 0474
  • Mobile – 0412 414 886
  • Fax – (08) 9325 2041
  • Email – sosullivan@francisburt.com.au
  • Website – http://www.francisburt.com.au
  • Year Admitted to Practice – 1966 (WA)
  • Year Elected to WABA – 1997
  • Qualifications – LLB

Areas of Practice

  • Administrative & Constitutional
  • Criminal Law
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