About the Firm

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AR LAW SERVICES: Lawyers & Consultants

was established in 2000 by Anthony Robinson. Originally the office was situated at 222 Latrobe street (opposite Melbourne Central station near the State library and RMIT)

The young firm then moved when Anthony bought part of the iconic and heritage listed “Hosies” building at 1 Elizabeth street in 2003. This 1950s Internationalist building sits directly opposite the equally iconic Flinders Street station clock tower.

To this day, even though AR LAW SERVICES has grown and now has offices throughout Australia and the rest of the world, it is the Hosies Building at 1 Elizabeth street Melbourne that remains the head office and the “spiritual” home of the law firm.

The Team

Anthony Robinson.

BA. LLB. GCLP. LLM. F.VISA

Barrister & Solicitor

Australian Immigration Lawyer

Master of Migration & Visa Law

Fellow of the Victorian

Immigration Solicitors’ Alliance

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For more twenty (20) years Anthony has been the principal immigration lawyer and proprietor of the AR LAW Services: Lawyers & Consultants.  Anthony is widely regarded as one of Australia’s most trusted and knowledgeable lawyers. 

Given Anthony holds a Law Degree from Monash University (one of Australia’s leading Universities) and a Master of Law degree: Master of Migration Law and Practice he ranks in the top 1% of Australian Migration Lawyers.   Having practiced as a lawyer for more than 20 years he is an expert in Australian Citizenship, Visa, Refugee and Migration law.

Not only is he a committee member of the prestigious Migration Law Committee within the Law Institute of Victoria, but also a Member of the Law Council of Australia.  Anthony regularly presents seminars on a broad range of immigration law matters with particular focus on Skill visas, Student visas appeals, 482 visas, Family visas, Business visas Spouse/partner visas and parent visas.

Anthony given his business background has a profound knowledge of corporate immigration, as well as advising on visa matters, he also assists with sponsorship compliance requirements. (For more see our page “Migration Support for HR)

Business – Boards & Committees.

Anthony is also the founding member and Managing Director of the Victorian Immigration Solicitors’ Alliance: VISA an association of leading Australian Immigration & Refugee Lawyers deeply involved in liaising with Governments and other stake holders to promote a world case Australian Migration System.  (Submission made regarding Australian Migration matters by Anthony as MD of VISA to the Australian Parliament’s Senate committee have be acknowledged with approval.)

Anthony sits on numerous boards and committees including Migration Law Committee within the Law Institute of Victoria.

Anthony is the CEO of AR SOAR: Student Services Pty Ltd – Specialist Education & Business Consultants.

Courts & Tribunals:

Anthony is an officer of the High Court of Australia,

He is admitted to practise in the Supreme Court of Victoria and the Supreme Court of South Australia.

Anthony is regularly retained to represent applicants in Courts and tribunals, particularly the Administrative Appeal Tribunal (AAT).

He is also available to take instructions, give advice and draw submissions or appear before the Immigration Advisory Authority (IAA), the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) [Migration Review Division and General List], the Federal Courts and High Court of Australia.

Anthony often assist migration agents and other lawyers with complex appeals and difficult cases.

(for more see our page “referrals: Help with complex cases for migration agents)

 Publications – Papers & Lectures.

Over the last 15 years Anthony has drafted numerous submissions to the Australian Parliament regarding immigration & refugee law both through his membership of the Migration Committee of the Law Institute of Victoria and as the MD of the Victorian Immigration Solicitors’ Alliance: VISA.  The most recent was the 2020 submission to the Australian Senate Committee.

Anthony regularly gives lectures and seminars on migration law.

Anthony has chaired seminars, committees and round tables discuss groups on Australian immigration, refugee and visa law.

 

Brief History:

Anthony has an extensive knowledge of Civil litigation, debt recovery, employment law, commercial matters, contractual issues and criminal defence work.  Over his long career he has managed a significant number of divorces and estate matters.

Not only was Anthony on the legal team that won Victoria’s biggest civil case in 1998, but also, he has and continues to represent some of Australia’s most well-known Australian defendants. Though this work AR LAW Services has become part of Australia’s legal history.

Having lived, studied and work in the U.K, Europe, Asia and New York, Anthony brings a wealth of experience to the firm. In addition to his legal degree and his Master law degree Anthony studied music, literature, politics and German – culminating in the winning of a Goethe scholarship. It is based upon this broad foundation that AR LAW Services is in a position to tailor a suitable, proportionate and cost-effective response to your legal problems.

So whether it is a VISA application, or an appeal to the AAT, Ministerial Intervention, Federal Court or High Court, talk to Anthony

Sonja Santa Maria

Senior Paralegal – Manager of Paralegal Section

Sonja first joined the firm in 2017 as a paralegal whilst she was studying her Juris Doctor at the University of Melbourne. She is currently completing her Practical Legal Training at Leo Cussen Center for Law. Sonja has a Diploma in Languages and can speak Indonesian/ Malay.

So talk to Sonja in Indonesian/ Malay or English if you wish to book an appointment.

Karina Romero

Senior Paralegal

Hola my name is Karina Romero; I am originally from South America. I came to Australia on a student visa. Now I am a proud to call Australia Home.
Being an international student for years, and dealing with education providers´ requirements and processes, gives me a clear picture of the importance of getting professional assistance, when things seem overwhelming.

I am electrical Engineer with a Master degree in Commerce/International Business and Leadership.

So talk to me in Spanish or English if you wish to book an appointment.

Heyoan Castrillon

Paralegal

Heyoan is a second-year undergraduate student at Swinburne University of Technology, currently studying a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (Politics and International Relations). Heyoan brings extensive experience helping International Students, having previously worked in one of the biggest institutions for private education in Australia. He is very passioned for migration law and is also a bilingual in Spanish and English.

Roland C BA. Dip

Office Manager

As an award winner Roland brings a wealth of experience to the firm holding not only an undergraduate degree but also a Dip ed : So if you are need an appointment with Anthony to discuss your visa options for Australia Or for all you issues regarding invoices matters talk to Roland.

Jenny Li

Reception & Office Administrator.

Jenny knows everyone – if you need an appointment call Jenny or email us now.

Gil Alexander

Assistant Office Administrator

Gil is very enthusiastic and always eager to go the extra mile to help in any way he can.

Jack Durant

Special Counsel.  Criminal Defence & Regulatory Section.

If you have been arrested or charged or have a Criminal case before the Courts talk to AR LAW SERVICES – Criminal Defence Team.

Olga

Heads the ACCOUNTS / BOOKKEEPING Section

for all your issues regarding money matters talk to Olga.

Olya Nikol

B.A. LLB. Barrister & Solicitor

Started at AR LAW SERVICE in 2013.  She is passionate about Human rights and is currently a part time Consultant at UNICEF.

If you have issues with human rights or Family violence contact AR LAW SERVICES today.

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