Consultant Solicitor – Immigration & Conveyancing
A new face on the immigration team at Austen Jones Solicitors, Amelia has been a qualified immigration lawyer since 1992. She studied her first degree in Social Science at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, before completing her studies in law in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. As a further boost to her international credentials, she was admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong in 1998 and more recently in Ireland too. In 2009 she acquired the qualification of a Notary Public.
Amelia set up her own legal practice in 1996 and brings with her over twenty years of experience in asylum, immigration and nationality work. She has successfully helped asylum seekers to obtain status in the UK and reunion with their family and acted for asylum seekers from 20 different countries.
Over the years her extensive work in the sector means she has developed particular expertise in business immigration, the UK’s points-based system and immigration work relating to dependents and family reunion.
Her current client list includes individuals, SMEs and corporates from varied ethnic backgrounds, both in the UK and abroad. Amelia’s other practice areas include residential conveyancing; business and commercial properties transactions; and Wills and probate, including re-sealing of foreign Grant of Probate.
Her team members can speak English, Cantonese, Mandarin and Malay.
International Arbitration and Commercial Dispute Resolution
- Represented the Ministry of Oil & Minerals of a Middle East Government (Respondent) against an Indian oil company (Claimant) in a commercial arbitration over contractual claims arising out of a Production Sharing Agreement for exploration of oil.
- Advised a Middle East Government in an investor-state arbitration arising from the construction of an airport runway.
- Represented Respondents, the Republic of Yemen and the Yemeni Ministry of Oil & Minerals in a commercial arbitration against Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation.
- Advised a UK oil company in its dispute with a state-owned oil company in West Africa
- Represented a US energy company in mediation against a Libyan company
- Represented Scottish Power in an English high court litigation (Scottish Power UK plc v BP Exploration Operating Co Ltd & Others).
- Drafted the governing law document of a new charity and registered it with the Charity Commission
- Advised a development charity on the duties and powers of its trustees
- Advised a charity on raising funds for its £1 million rebuilding project
- Represented a charity in a Charity Commission investigation.
Immigration and Asylum Law
- Represented clients with family visitor applications
- Drafted grounds of appeal in a spouse visa application
- Represented a client in a human rights application to remain in the UK
- Represented clients in Further Leave to Remain and Indefinite Leave to Remain applications
- Native in English and Bengali and proficient in Arabic
- Founding Committee Member, Arab Legal Forum
- Editor, Young ICCA Blog
- Member, London Court of International Arbitration Young International Arbitration Group
- Member, Young Arbitrators Forum of the International Chamber of Commerce
- Member, Young International Council for Commercial Arbitration
- Associate Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
- The US$50 billion Yukos award overturned – Enforcement becomes a game of Russian roulette: Kluwer Arbitration Blog
- Out of the Shadows: Global Arbitration Review
- Challenging the United Nations’ sanctions before domestic courts: Arab Legal Forum
- A Guide to the IBA’s Revised Guidelines on Conflicts of Interest: Kluwer Arbitration Blog
- A Rubik’s cube of ethical rules?: Global Arbitration Review
- To Forfeit or not to Forfeit? – Enforceability of Forfeiture Clauses in Oil and Gas Joint Operating Agreements (JOA): Kluwer Arbitration Blog
- Key Changes in the LCIA’s new Arbitration Rules: Kluwer Arbitration Blog
- Give environment its own court: The Lawyer
- Spotlight on International Arbitration as a Means of Settling Disputes Arising from Climate Change: Kluwer Arbitration Blog
- British Virgin Islands: A new arbitration centre in the Caribbean?: Global Arbitration Review
- How far do the new LCIA Guidelines for Parties’ Legal Representatives and the IBA Guidelines on Party Representation go?: Kluwer Arbitration Blog
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