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Lenny Leerdam

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Lenny has a distinguished record of service and achievement as a senior government lawyer over a period of more than 20 years. He has had a senior role in private practice since 2000, specialising in immigration and refugee law, Commonwealth Government litigation and high volume workflow solutions. His client base consists of Australian Government departments and regulatory agencies. Between 1991 and 2000, Lenny served in a number of managerial roles in the Australian public service, as the Director of Litigation and Director of Refugee Law (both within the immigration portfolio) and Principal Legal Officer in the Migration Review Tribunal (MRT). Lenny provides specialist legal advice and training of legal staff. He continues to be responsible for the conduct of the most complex cases and has a thorough understanding of the policy, operation and objectives of the immigration portfolio. Lenny is an accomplished advocate in federal courts and tribunals. He has been appointed by the Attorney-General (pursuant to section 63 of the Judiciary Act 1903 (Cth)) to receive service of Court documents on behalf of the Commonwealth of Australia. Lenny's immigration expertise is an important element in an industry initiative, in combination with a major banking group and accounting firm, to facilitate investment inflows into Australia. Lenny has instructed Australia's Solicitor-General in several landmark cases in the High Court of Australia involving the Refugees Convention. Please refer to link for details of expertise and experience:


Admissions Supreme Court of New South Wales, 1990; Supreme Court of South Australia, 2003.


• Law Society of South Australia.


Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, Australian National University, 1989; Bachelor of Laws, Australian National University, 1988; Bachelor of Science (Computing and Statistics), Macquarie University, 1985.

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