BA, LLB, TAE, GCTE
Donald at the age of 16 was awarded the Outstanding Student Initiative Scholarship and received the President’s Welcome for outstanding scholars by the University of British Columbia, Canada where he completed his pre-law and thereafter gained entry to the University of Auckland’s limited entry law program and graduated with a double degree in law and arts.
Donald practices as a senior lawyer and is one of few lawyers having achieved admission to all the High Courts of and having practiced in all three neighbouring jurisdictions of Australia, New Zealand and the Fiji Islands.
He is also trust account certified by the Law Institute of Victoria and holds a Principal Practicing Certificate. Donald also is enrolled as a Practitioner of the High Court of Australia and has rights of appearing in all Federal Courts including the High Court of Australia. Donald is also a registered migration agent.
Donald teaches as a senior instructor in legal practice at Victoria University and writes for LexisNexis UK and Thomson Reuters UK as an expert law author, publishing articles on Migration Law, Regulating the Legal Profession and the Australian legal system.
He has had successful outcomes in complex migration law matters at the Migration Review Tribunal, Administrative Appeals Tribunal, and Federal Circuit Court. Donald appears and conducts cases and hearings, briefs barristers and counsels and takes a passionate interest in court matters.
Donald has worked on a diverse range of matters including construction disputes, business sales, corporations winding-up, contract breach, family violence, traffic court, complex visa refusal appeals, refugee convention matters, and commercial business transactions.
Donald has attended on briefs and instructions from Queens Counsel, politicians, universities, major law firms, global insurers, state entities, foreign investors, and corporate brands.
He is passionate about appellate law, migration and international human rights law.
Donald accepts instructions and briefs in immigration, litigation and general law matters.