Grace is the founder of GEA Lawyers, who is gifted with four working Chinese languages and Dialets.
Grace legal career commenced in 1998 when she focused working in Migration Law, and AAT appeals. She has extensive and particular experience working with high net worth business and investor applicants from the People’s Republic o China and the Greater China Region. She has an outstanding track record of achieving visa grants for clients from complex commercial and investment environments.
Grace is an expert in resolving disputes in family law and commercial law in a timely and cost-effective manner and designs solutions without litigation where possible, and by litigating to successful conclusions where necessary, with the assistant of the GEA Commercial Team and guidance from a alliance of legal gurus in the legal industry.
Grace’s devoted clients expect and receive proactive and early advice which focuses on setting a clear and realistic resolution strategy. Her ability to get to the heart of a matter—regardless of complexity-at ‘Shenzhen Speed’ is one of her key strengths.
Grace mainly works in advisory role to GEA team leaders at the current stage of her career and she has devoted her skills working on governance of GEA and setting policies and directions of GEA Lawyers. ?Grace volunteers her time with various Chinese Communities by providing free legal advice to people in need.
Malcolm has a Bachelor of Arts from China and Master of Arts from Macquarie University and Diploma in Law run by the Legal Profession Admission Board and the Law School of the University of Sydney.
Life before GEA
Grace started her career as a Sole Practitioner in Migration Law in Sydney for nearly 10 years, before she joined Sydney of City Lawyers in 2009, where she served for five years, before she established GEA Lawyers in Chatswood in 2014.
Registered Migration Agent (MARN: 1460762)
Master of Arts in English, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, China
Graduate Certificate of Migration Law, Australian National University, Australia
15-year experience in migration consulting industry both in Australia and China
Executive assistant and financial controller of GEA Lawyers. Partner of TZ Accountants.
Claudia has obtained a master's degree in accounting from 2017 Macquarie University and completed the Australian CPA qualification examination in 2017. Claudia has carried out company registration and financial compliance counselling for many business immigrant clients of GEA Lawyers.
Claudia is a valued member of GEA Lawyers. Claudia’s professionalism, attention to details and dedication to the needs of her clients has meant she is well regarded by all clients who deal with her.
Derek specialises in property and commercial law. He helps clients to navigate significant real estate transactions and developments in Australia. Derek acts for clients acquiring, developing and disposing of residential, commercial, retail rural and industrial sites. Throughout his career Derek has been involved with and advised on numerous major commercial complex. Derek also assists clients to establish appropriate structures for holding and developing various sites and developments.
Derek’s recent experience includes:
Developers: successfully advised on projects due diligence, acquisition, structuring, financing, subdivision and disposal of ~60 residential units development in Epping;
Industrial, office and retail: Assisting corporations with the negotiation of leases and agreements for lease for both landlords and tenants;
Private unit trusts: Assisting in relation to the acquisition of commercial complex ranging from $1.5 million to $48 millions; and
Hotel: Assisting clients with the acquisition and disposal of hotels.
Having been in Australia since 2001, Margaret came to study and subsequently earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Macquarie University, a master's degree in international tax law from the University of Sydney, and a Juris Doctor in law from the University of New South Wales. Admitted to practice as a qualified solicitor since 2012, Margaret frequented NSW Supreme Court, Federal Court and Family Court.
Being well versed in Chinese and Australian cultures, and proficient in English and Mandarin, Margaret is well suited in navigating the complexity of all walks of people locally, in government departments, and provide professional advice to all clients including Chinese clients. Prior to joining GEA Lawyers, Margaret was involved in various complex and high-profile immigration and litigation cases with various stakeholders in immigration services with different objectives and nationalities all with different approaches needed for full resolutions.
Margaret is excited to be involved in serving the Chinese community and her drive, professionalism, understanding of the law, a strong service mentality as well as sensitivity of Chinese and Australian cultures, has won the respect and recognition from all her customers. Margaret is currently responsible for business immigration and various types of litigation work in GEA Lawyers.
Leo YOU (Associates)
Leo currently working as a head of conveyancing for property law department for GEA Lawyers. He is one of the firm’s most experienced practitioners in property law /commercial law areas. In his role, he involves in off-the-plan sales, acquisition, subdivision and large scale of conveyancing inter-states. As the department leader, he also cross-refers existing clients to other departments for family law, wills and immigration law.
What he does
Conducted initial consultations, reviewed and negotiated amendments to contract terms monitoring the client’s residential property acquisition across the entire purchase timeline, identifying and reducing expenses and the risk of exposure to future disputes post settlement.
Involved two medium size off-the-plan sale projects (Forest Grove and Stamnos) in Epping. Jobs carried on were liaison with developer’s discharging bank and independently completed entire conveyancing work with relevant parties including purchaser’s legal representatives and selling agents.
Conducted due diligences for several over $20 million residential/commercial properties in eastern suburb including: assessing Occupation Certificate, Building Certificate, easement, neighborhood disputes, building report etc.
Operating with a caseload of over 80 residential and commercial conveyancing transactions, expanding the department through service delivery to interstate and local purchasers of NSW, Victoria and Queensland property, completing an average of 15 - 20 settlements per month, achieving a monthly revenue of $25,000.
Determined eligibility and completed applications for FIRB, stamp duty concessions/exemptions, First Home Benefits and land tax.
Who he works with
Australian “big four” banks
Local north shore real estate agency: Chadwick Agent and Forsyth Real Estate Agent etc
Property project company: Lux Home
Legal Professional Admission Board – Diploma in Law