Virginia, US

Alex is Co-Managing Partner of Fragomen’s Australia and New Zealand practice, within the firm’s extensive Asia Pacific operations.

Alex is a dual-qualified Solicitor of England and Wales and Australia, and has practiced exclusively in the area of immigration law since 1995. During this time, she has provided legal advice and strategic guidance to some of the world’s largest global companies, in addition to numerous start-ups and small to medium-sized enterprises.

Alex advises companies across a wide range of industries, including financial services, information technology and telecommunications, resources (including oil and gas), as well as professional services organizations, fast-moving consumer goods, business consulting and engineering/construction businesses.

Alex has particular skill and experience in developing and implementing regional and global immigration programs, helping companies navigate immigration requirements across the Asia Pacific region (including key markets such as China, Malaysia and Indonesia) and advising on regional compliance risk, immigration audits and enforcement action scenarios.

In Australia, Alex helps companies access the global talent they need to support their business establishment and growth by advising on the most appropriate immigration pathways, ensuring full compliance with immigration law and policy, and supporting the individual employees and their families with all immigration related requirements. With the sweeping changes to Australian immigration law announced in April 2017, Alex is advising numerous businesses on short and long-term impacts, delivering board briefings and engaging with business leaders to formulate strategy for future workforce planning and critical skills mobility.

Alex is a National Trustee of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia, and in late 2016, chaired the launch event in Sydney for its highly regarded research report, Migration: The Economic Debate. She also spoke at the Perth launch event.

Alex is an active speaker, panel contributor and Chair at several mobility, legal and human resources forums in Australia and internationally. She is also a regular presenter at CPD/CLE sessions, including for Legalwise. Alex has contributed articles to publications, including The In-House Lawyer and Financier Worldwide.

Prior to her move to the APAC region, Alex served as Managing Partner of Fragomen’s London office.

Education


College of Law, Guildford | Law Society Finals, 1992, honours
College of Law, Guildford | CPE/Diploma in Law, 1991
University of Kent at Canterbury | B.A., 1990, honours

Awards

International Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers, 2011 to 2017

Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2011

UK Legal Experts, 2010 and 2011

UK Legal 500 and UK Chambers Legal Directories, 2009, 2010 and 2011

Professional Accomplishments / Memberships

Immigration Credentials: Registered Migration Agent (MARN 1385851)

Legal Qualifications: Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales; Barrister and Solicitor, Supreme Court of Western Australia

National Trustee, Committee for Economic Development of Australia

Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association

Member, Export Council of Australia

Member, Immigration Law Practitioners' Association

Member, International Bar Association

Member, Law Society of New South Wales

Member, Migration Institute of Australia

Advised national and international companies on immigration requirements, category availability, sponsorship requirements and obligations

Assisted companies in establishing and maintaining a global immigration program

Supported clients with audits and compliance-related matters falling under immigration law and policy

Designed immigration program policies and procedures including management of business visitors and short term workers, particularly for companies moving large numbers of employees globally

Conducted training and held immigration and compliance briefings for senior management and boards of directors

Contributed to government lobby initiatives and forums discussing impacts of changes to immigration and related law and policy

Publications and Lectures

Co-author, “Immigration and Employment Law.” In The Corporate Guide to Expatriate Employment, edited by Jonathan Reuvid, 157-164. UK and U.S.: Kogan Page, 2009. Print.