Panel discussion -Rising Stars! 5.30pm for 6-7.30pm Panel Discussion and Q&A, Thursday 29th September 2016 Mills Oakley Lawyers, Level 12, 400 George Street, Sydney
Marina Brizar, Head of Corporate, Playfair Visa & Migration Services;
Renée Bianchi, Barrister, 13 St James Hall Chambers;
Emile McPhee, Lawyer, McCullough Robertson Lawyers
Please join us to hear from this impressive and accomplished panel of lawyers as they share their experiences in the legal sector and the broader community, and how their contributions make a difference.
Marina Brizar is a multi-award winning Solicitor and Registered Migration Agent. She has represented a plethora of clients ranging from significant investors to those with “distinguished talent”; from start-up company sponsors to international corporations. Together with her corporate experience, Marina has also acted on cases in human trafficking and on behalf of asylum seekers both in Australia and offshore. She graduated from the University of Technology, Sydney in 2012 with a Bachelor of Laws/ Bachelor of International Studies. Marina’s legal work, advocacy and government lobbying on behalf of clients has resulted in her being named the 2015 Women Lawyer of the Year – Up and Coming and 2015 Young Migration Lawyer of the year. Marina co-founded the AMB Foundation which fundraises to issue grants for practical expenses for students seeking asylum, assisting them in their transition from high school to tertiary studies.
Renée Bianchi Before being called to the Bar in 2013, Renée was a litigation solicitor, specialising in product liability, and professional indemnity matters. Renée has built up a diverse practice in common law, commercial, and equity matters and practised in a variety of jurisdictions in NSW, District and Supreme Courts, including the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court of the ACT, the NSW Civil Administrative Tribunal and the Federal Court of Australia. She graduated from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours) and a Bachelor of Laws/Diploma of Legal Practice. Renée is the President of NSW Young Lawyers, and a member of the Law Council of Australia’s Young Lawyers Forum. Renée is an active volunteer with Girl Guides Australia and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.
Emile McPhee works at McCullough Robertson Lawyers across both the property and finance teams. Since 2012, he has also been the Executive Director of the LGBTI Legal Service, an unfunded and volunteer run community legal centre for the LGBTI community in Queensland. In that space, he has contributed to law reform in Queensland on a number of issues affecting the LGBTI community, including civil partnerships, age of consent and expunging criminal convictions. In 2016, he was a finalist in the Lawyer’s Weekly 30 Under 30 (Pro Bono) and Australian Law Awards (Young Gun), and in June 2016 won the Queen’s Ball ‘Activist of the Year’ Award.