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Australian Immigration Lawyers

  • Proactive migration support for individuals and businesses
  • Experienced at successfully appealing at court and tribunals
  • Offer migration services in 10 languages
  • Dedicated migration support for HR & recruitment teams
  • Free 15 minute consultation for all new clients
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We work with multinationals and ASX listed companies through to small businesses and start-ups to provide commercially-minded migration advice.


We work with individuals and families to ensure the best visa option is identified and a complete application or appeal is lodged.


We are experts in tribunal and court appeals, assisting you to put the best visa appeal case forward.


We are experts in responding to visa cancellation notices (NOICC) and having cancelled visas reinstated.

About us

WLW Migration Lawyers is an Australian specialist immigration law firm. Our team of experienced lawyers are committed to providing professional and ethical migration advice and assistance to our clients.

WLW Migration Lawyers was founded by Jessica Williamson, Simon Leske and James Wardlaw in 2015. The founders were motivated to start a law firm which utilises a fixed-fee model and leverages technology to provide high-quality user friendly services.

The firm also sought to challenge the typical “law firm” profile by offering employees a flexible and collaborative work environment that offers the team good work/life balance.

WLW Migration Lawyers is an award-winning specialist immigration law firm with a team of skillful and compassionate lawyers and support staff.

WLW Migration Lawyers is also committed to giving back to the community and has assisted hundreds of humanitarian clients on a reduced fee model and offers legal education to its community partners.

WLW Migration Lawyers was founded with a vision to bring the best of the corporate world and the best from the not-for-profit world together under one roof.

One aspect of this vision was the development of the Bridge Project, WLW’s own not-for-profit arm. The Bridge Project aims to ‘bridge the gap’ between community legal services, which are under strain, and full-fee legal services.


WLW Migration Lawyers
Based on 184 reviews
Joris de Rooij
01:53 30 Oct 20
Had the pleasure of dealing with James and Natalia from WLW. Both have been friendly, professional and practical in their thinking. Highly recommended, will use them again for a subsequent application.
Charlotte Wyatt
11:56 28 Oct 20
Emma has been of tremendous assistance in what has been a difficult family immigration issue due to COVID. I have only had advice in the free 15 minute consultation, but I will definitely be contacting WLW Migration Lawyers again if I have any further visa complications. Thank you Emma!
Simple Me
10:44 26 Oct 20
Millions of thanks to Simon Leske of WLW lawyers for the professional assistance with my case. He prepared my case so well and I was so confident at my visa interview. It went on with absolutely no issues and I got my PR with his help.The best thing about Simon is his experience with previous... cases, his knowledge, and that he goes straight to the point and doesn't waste your time. Unlike many other firms!Great professional service for a reasonable cost.HIGHLY more
Rahuljeet Singh
03:20 26 Oct 20
I reckon probably the best Lawyers in Melbourne for Migration Visa Services. The team was very supportive throughout the process of my application esp Rabiah and James have been wonderful with their professional excellence. The prices for the whole process were very reasonable and were told... upfront, which is ethical and transparent way of providing services. The professional team of WLW Lawyers is knowledgeable and experienced to cater all matters related to migration more
Tracey Loulanting
09:34 22 Oct 20
To be honest, we wouldn't have a successful outcome without the help from our lawyer Samantha Smith. Very professional and caring and if you ever had any doubts or questions, a response or reassurance would follow right away. She did an amazing job for us in appealing our case, it was all worth it.... Highly recommend her and the team if your looking for a good lawyer. Thanks WLW Migration Lawyers!read more
Thu Leanh
01:14 19 Oct 20
I have had a great experience with WLW Migration Lawyers, especially with Sam, she is super friendly, always responds my questions quickly and comprehensively. I highly recommend the immigration service from WLW.Thank you so much for the help and support so far!
Angus Cameron
06:40 15 Oct 20
My experience with WLW lawyers was excellent. These lawyers are knowledgeable, ethical and they're very easy to talk to. Speaking from experience, they offer very reasonable rates and they do a first class job. I'd recommend anyone get in contact with WLW to discuss their immigration issue.
Gavin Griffin
06:12 09 Oct 20
Natalia was amazing in answering some questions we had about my partner moving to Australia from Russia. Her information and first hand experience was of huge benefit for us & gave us more confidence and clarity towards moving forward.I would highly recommend Natalia!
Shahnaz Pourasadi
00:53 08 Oct 20
The services I received from WLW lawyers was impeccable. Also they have trained and highly professional staff which always cater me with smiling face, welcoming tone and warm heart. I would Highly recommend to seek their services as another close friend of mine had the same good experience as... myself and shares the same views about them undoubtedly. Thank you so much guys! 😊read more
Shikha Shetty
09:07 06 Oct 20
Great service offered by James, Samantha and Molly. They have provided great service and done the best quality work for me.
Rachael Bhadury
07:25 06 Oct 20
This firm offers free 15 minute phone consultations, I wasn’t sure what to expect but it was so valuable! Really recommend if you’re unsure about your situation and need to loop in with a lawyer. The lawyer we talked to was really friendly and helpful, and answered all our questions in the short... time we were chatting. Would recommend!read more
Tatiana Cutts
22:23 05 Oct 20
I spoke to Stephanie at WLW Migration Lawyers for a 15 minute free consultation. I was able to book the consultation very quickly, and Stephanie was knowledgable, professional, understanding and very helpful. It's easy to forget that migration agents must be facing their own substantial obstacles... at the moment, particularly those based in Victoria, but WLW have maintained their reputation for speedy, clear and competent support throughout the pandemic. I would recommend WLW to anyone with migration queries, and am very grateful for their more
Azin Aghaei
04:03 01 Oct 20
WLW team (especially Samantha) are really professional as immigration lawyer. She answers my concerns promptly and comprehensively.ZERO error in my application lodgement. Highly recommended
T Ngot Pham
04:56 23 Sep 20
I had a great experience processing our PR application with Samantha Smith and other associates. They gave help very quickly. My registration is easy with their support. I highly recommend their immigration service with its high quality and prestige. Thank you for your support and guidance.
stephanie tape
07:19 14 Sep 20
Anxiety is at rest after speaking with Stephanie. Answered all the unknowns for myself and my partner and very impressed and happy with the service provided. If we need any further help we will be using Stephanie again.
SS Associates
02:14 14 Sep 20
We reached out to WLW Lawyers based purely on the positive reviews left on Google for their lawyers and we are so glad that we did! Our AAT case was received on short notice by Samantha Smith, someone we felt comfortable with right away.Samantha diligently sorted through all the material and... worked on preparing further material for our upcoming hearing. Furthermore, she took 2 trial preparation sessions with us prior to the AAT hearing to prepare us for any likely questions we were to receive. It was these sessions we found to be of most use in settling our nerves and preparing us for an important hearing.The trial proved to be successful and the follow-up documentation requested by the member was diligently supplied by Samantha which resulted in our case being approved.Thank you so much WLW team and Samantha for your work with our business! For any complex matters, be sure to connect with WLW and their team more
Hymns Wongz
08:39 12 Sep 20
yeh sophie
08:37 12 Sep 20
I searched on google because I really need a good and professional lawyer to help me. The first time when I met Samantha, she is so friendly and professional to try to understand all my history and needed. Even during the COVID-19, she still use face to face meeting on internet, phone call or email... to answer all the questions. You can ask all the questions and Samantha and her teams will reply ASAP they could.My boyfriend asking her to help to apply the Work Right and she give us the detail need to prepare, before the form summit we go through with her and just use three days the paper work get it! Wow, she is so amazing. She is the best lawyer I never ever met and please if you need someone’s help, she will be the first person you are looking for, I promise and I felt I am so luck to met her! ❤️read more
Jemal Hussien
02:55 08 Sep 20
Very professional and kind lawyers! Thank you James for all the advice and sincerity you've shown me over the years. I have recommended people already. I'd happily and confidently will do in the future as well.Most of all, I'm glad that I know a lawyer and organisation that has my best interest at... heart!!read more
osmer romero
09:29 06 Sep 20
Emma was my Immigration Lawyer, she manage my case from the beginning, when she was a paralegal and this was her first Protection Visa application, to the end when it was successfully granted. Every single time I was stressed or I had doubts, I used to call her and she always was there for me... clarified them.I would like to thank all the team, especially Emma and Nubil for their great work.I strongly recommend WlW Migration more
diana randolph
02:48 04 Sep 20
This has been the best experience and investment we made. I reached out to WLW Migration Lawyers after reading reviews to help with the immigration process for my husband.I was working with Stephanie and Brit who were amazing. They made it so easy for us. They guided us through the process and... organised allthe paperwork and everything that was needed without any issues, taking away all the stress and complications that you can come across.I would highly recommend using this law firm to ensure that everything that is required by the government is addressed giving you the confidence that you are in the best hands possible.Diana and Doug Randolphread more
00:02 21 Aug 20
My phone call today with James was excellent, it left me feeling more confident and reassured, Thank you James.
07:55 20 Aug 20
Very organised and responsible lawyers group, particular recommend our lawyer Natalia. She is always patient and thoughtful, quick response to any question or request. Thanks for her help, I have get my visa sorted smoothly and much quicker than expected.
Afshan Fatima
13:05 17 Aug 20
I had a quick question about my visa and I had been worrying sick about it. While I got in touch with a lot of agents, they kept telling me to get on a paid consultation with them for a good ol' "yes" or "no" question. But not the people at WLW migration lawyers, they were great, helpful, and... friendly. Simon answered my question promptly without hinting to pay to get maximum value. Totally recommend 👍🏻read more
Tatiana Uvarova
06:56 14 Aug 20
I’m very impressed with the professionalism and dedication of my lawyer Samantha. What a pleasure to work with such a fantastic person who not only does a great job on the case but also supports you emotionally during your tough journey. Samantha will fight for you till the very end even when you... don’t believe in the positive outcome! She got me a PR visa:)) I’m so happy I found her. The best lawyer in Melbourne😍!!!read more
01:44 14 Aug 20
I am very lucky that I went to their office ، they are very wonderful and very professional and I have been Win my case very quickly with them , they really care about their Clint and they understanding especially the lawyer Emma she so smart and professional , I am very grateful that we meet her ,... I highly recommend to deal with them 👌read more
Ebi Bani
22:51 12 Aug 20
WLW lawyers, especially Ms Williamson did a great job with my visa situation, that had been further messed up by another migration agent. The professional conduct, responsiveness and the result oriented service are a few of their outstanding service attributes. Love you guys!
01:20 03 Aug 20
James was enormously helpful with the free chat option he offered. It was very enlightening and can't thank him enough. I am definitely considering to work with them for my PR application.
22:48 30 Jul 20
The second time I’ve been supported by WLW migration lawyers and they just keep getting better.Natalia is AMAZING!!! She was always professional and her attention to detail is first class. She explained things to me and made each step very clear, and responded almost instantly.VERY happy. Have... recommended WLW to others and can’t wait to work together in the future.THANK YOU Xread more
Martina Fogliani
10:04 20 Jul 20
James helped me out from when I was appealing at the AAT with valuable advice in a couple of 15 min consultations. I have then decided to use WLW Lawyers for my 186 visa and Samantha was amazing assisting me. Very thorough, prepared, knowledgeable. Definitely recommend them.
graham halstead
07:07 15 Jul 20
I was lucky enough to get my PR last week and cannot thank WLW enough but the star of the show was Natalia. After having to deal with my constant pestering and just general excitedness she even took time out from her holiday to tell me the good news. I thought that was a lovely touch and speaks... volumes about her and the whole ethos over there.Once the dust settles see you again for Citzenship in 12 monthsread more
Wandi Yang
11:29 13 Jul 20
James was able to provide constructive advices even just in a 15 mins free consultation. My partner and I were very impressed. Thanks!
Sanjay Patil
11:42 06 Jul 20
James is a legend and selfless at helping others. He provided the best advice for me in the little time he had chat with me. I highly recommend it for everyone.
Huyen Gigi
16:59 30 Jun 20
I really appreciated the support from WLW Laywers. Specially, Patrick and James, they were very professional and very helpful with complex visa situation. Thanks again for all your help. WLW's staff were very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. I highly recommend using WLW migration lawyers to... anyone looking for more
Chen C
09:04 17 Jun 20
Samantha was ace in assisting me with my application. She provided me with a peace of mind with her excellent and prompt communication. I would highly recommend engaging her services!
Mansoor Mahmood
22:27 10 Jun 20
I cannot thank Rabiah and her team enough for the support they have shown me in very difficult time. They were in constant, open and honest communication with me throughout this process which kept me reassured and confident every step of the way. Rabiah was always professional but most importantly... to me, always kind and caring. I would highly recommend Rabiah and all WLW team to anyone needing legal help. Thank you all once again!read more
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Simon Leske, Partner

is listed as one of the Top 3 Immigration Lawyers in Melbourne by Three Best Rated

Jessica Williamson, Partner

is a finalist for the Migration Partner of the Year award as part of the Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards

James Wardlaw, Partner

is selected for inclusion in the 13th Edition of the Best Lawyers in Australia for work in Immigration Law

Jessica Williamson, Partner

presents for Leo Cussens on the impact of COVID-19 on immigration law


Firm News

Hong Kong protection visa webinar

Last week, Rabiah and James co-hosted a webinar with Australia Hong Kong Link and Haven Assistance to discuss the recent changes for Hong Kong passport holders and protection visas in Australia.