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WA Branch Committee Members 2019-2020

Belinda Wong
WA Branch President
Stephanie Tan
WA Branch Secretary  
Yasmin Coutinho
Committee Member   

Vania Fung

Committee Member  
Sherlene Heng
Committee Member  
Anfernee Lai
Committee Member  
Amy Lee
Committee Member
Brian Liau
Committee Member  
Frances Lyn
Committee Member  
Julie Moore
Committee Member  
Natalie Quek
Committee Member   
Leo Ren
Committee Member   
Victoria Shaw
Committee Member   
Sabrina Tan
Committee Member
Mintie Tantiprasut
Committee Member
Jessica Tran
Committee Member   
Charmaine Tsang
Committee Member 
Steven Wong
Committee Member
Gabriel Wong
Committee Member
Pearl Wong
Committee Member   
Peter Le Inaugural & Immediate Past President  

Belinda Wong, President

Belinda Wong is a Senior Associate practising in the areas of construction and major projects disputes in the Perth office. She has had many years' experience acting for multinational and national entities (including major mining, engineering, construction and property development companies) in a range of disputes, including complex international and local arbitrations, large-scale litigation, adjudications under Security for Payment legislation and mediations. In regard to litigation, she has acted in both federal and state jurisdictions including the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal, the Federal Court and the High Court. She has also provided front-end contract and risk advice to multinational clients.

Stephanie Tan, Secretary

Stephanie is a Senior Associate at HopgoodGanim Lawyers in the Dispute Resolution and Insolvency Law team. She migrated to Perth from Malaysia with her family in 1988 and attended schooling here.

She holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Corporate Finance) from The University of Western Australia.

Stephanie has been a committee member of the WA Branch of the AALA since its formation in 2016 and is currently its Branch Secretary. She enjoys travelling (with a special fondness for Japan and New Zealand), watching Formula 1 and spending time with her husband and their two young children.

Yasmin Coutinho, Committee Member

Vania Fung, Committee Member

Vania graduated from The University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Law, and a Juris Doctor degree in 2017.

Vania has since been working in the litigious and transactional space - particularly in areas of construction law, workplace relations & safety, commercial and banking & finance. Vania speaks native English, is fluent in Cantonese, and loves to travel whenever there's an opportunity.

Sherlene Heng, Committee Member

Sherlene is a family lawyer at O’Sullivan Davies. Having commenced practice in Perth, she lived in Sydney for about 6 years before returning home to Perth in late 2018.

Sherlene has an interest in issues of diversity within the legal profession (and generally) and is also a committee member of the WA-Singapore Business Connect and a member of the Rotary Club of Mt Lawley in addition to other legal networks.

Anfernee Lai, Committee Member

Anferneei is the Legal Practitioner Director and co-founder of AH2 Legal.

Anfernee completed his Bachelor of Laws degree at The University of Western Australia before being admitted into the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 2008. Prior to leading the AH2 Legal team, Anfernee was a Partner of a boutique firm in Western Australia. Anfernee has had over 10 years’ experience acting for clients in major commercial transactions and representing clients in complex litigations in the District and Supreme Court. As a result of his Chinese heritage (having come from Hong Kong), Anfernee developed a strong connection with the Chinese community in Perth and the majority of his clients were of East Asian descent. Anfernee is trilingual, being fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.

Anfernee is a member of the Law Society of Western Australia. As part of his on-going efforts to help the Chinese community access justice, Anfernee provides pro bono legal advice to members of the Chung Wah Association (WA).

Amy Lee, Committee Member

Amy is an Associate in the Corporate and M&A team at HopgoodGanim Lawyers. Amy assists clients with corporate governance issues, regulatory compliance, corporate structuring plus capital raising and mergers and acquisitions.

Amy also has a keen interest in, and works with, the firm’s growing client-base in the area of digital assets and new technology, including blockchain.

In addition to being an active committee member of the AALA, Amy also sits on the Intellectual Property and Technology Committee of the Law Society of Western Australia. Amy holds a Bachelor of Laws and Arts (Political Science and Psychology) from The University of Western Australia.

Brian Liau, Committee Member

Frances Lyn, Social Media Officer

Frances Lyn is an Associate in the Workers’ Compensation team at Slater and Gordon. Having worked exclusively in the area of personal injury law, she has experience representing clients with complex workers’ compensation cases including psychological injury claims in both WorkCover WA and the District Court of Western Australia. She was born in Oxford, United Kingdom and grew up in Malaysia before moving to Perth in 2006. When not at work, Frances is incredibly passionate about travelling the world and has more than 40 countries under her belt, with many more on her bucket list.

Julie Moore, Committee Member

Natalie Quek, Events Chair

Natalie practices in a wide range of commercial and business law matters and specialises in all areas of property law. Natalie has experience drafting and advising corporate and individual clients on general commercial contracts including business and asset sales and acquisitions, securities, trusts, shareholder agreements, construction contracts, service agreements, joint ventures and intellectual property. She has extensive experience in commercial property development, sales and acquisitions, due diligence and leasing. Natalie is a trustee of the MPH Foundation which is responsible for co-ordinating pro bono work and projects conducted by MPH. She also speaks French and Chinese (Mandarin).

Leo Ren, Committee Member

Victoria Shaw, Committee Member

Victoria graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor in Commerce in 2016. She previously worked for the Department of Child Protection where she conducted criminal injuries compensation claims. Now, she works as a lawyer in the Migration and Refugee Division of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, specialising in immigration law and administrative law. Victoria teaches and practices Tae Kwon Do in her spare time.

Sabrina Tan, Students Affairs Chair

Sabrina graduated with a Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies) degree and a Postgraduate Certificate in Chinese Law from Murdoch University in mid 2012. Alongside her studies, Sabrina worked for a variety of small boutique law firms and interned at an international firm in Singapore in their Intellectual Property division.

After graduation, Sabrina commenced her legal career with one of Perth’s prominent criminal lawyers for 3 years. In addition to her experience in criminal advocacy, she also undertook the conduct of the firm’s family law matters and subsequently became the “in-house family lawyer”. During this time, she assisted counsel and Senior Counsel in a wide range of parenting and property disputes.

Sabrina was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of WA in July 2014.

In mid-2016, Sabrina commenced work at O’Sullivan Davies. She has a strong interest in complex property settlements.

Mintie Tantiprasut, Committee Member

Jessica Tran, Committee Member

Jessica is a lawyer at the Australian Government Solicitor, acting on behalf of the Commonwealth in migration and taxation matters. She was born to a Vietnamese/Chinese family who arrived as refugees in Perth in the 1970s. They now operate various businesses in Perth including Ton Sian Grocery, Trans Emporium and Mama Tran. Jessica is proudly the first lawyer in her family.

She graduated from The University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce. Jessica accepted a position in the Australian Taxation Office’s 2017 graduate program, and was valedictorian of her year. In November 2017 she was awarded a highly commended in the category of Emerging Leader of the Year at the Leadership in Government Awards held by Chartered Accountants ANZ.

Jessica worked for 18 months in the litigation team at the ATO, specialising in debt recovery proceedings, bankruptcy and insolvency. She was also the 2018 secretary for the Western Australian Vietnamese Business Council.

Although born in the year of the “water” monkey, Jessica’s life is full of “fiery” enthusiasm that she brings to the courtroom, the tennis court and to her hobby of video production.

Charmaine Tsang, Events Chair

Gabriel Wong, Committee Member

Gabriel has experience in handling property and commercial matters. Gabriel has worked with individuals through to larger organisations on issues as diverse as wills and estates to property development. He revels in the breadth and diversity of new and interesting matters, citing the application of the constantly evolving law as a compelling challenge. Gabriel’s professional memberships include the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), the Property Law Committee and the Law Society of Western Australia.

Pearl Wong, Committee Member

Pearl Wong graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Juris Doctor degree in 2017. Pearl has been working as a law graduate in the commercial space since. Pearl also travels extensively between Singapore, Indonesia and Australia and hopes to work in cross boarder commercial transactions between Australia and Indonesia.

Steven Wong, Membership & Sponsorship Chair

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