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Christopher Levingston

Christopher Levingston

Accredited Specialist Immigration Lawyer
Convenor of Migration Alliance Inc

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I have just exchanged 9 emails from a panicky lady who rang me about a Natural Justice letter which requires her to respond to an allegation that the defacto she has included in her application is not in a genuine relationship with her.

She has had the letter for 2 weeks and has already spoken to another "lawyer".

She thinks she can dodge the allegation by withdrawing her application and applying on her own account...

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We will all be familiar with clients who at the last moment are too sick to attend a hearing either at Court ar at the AAT.

The appropriate course is to ask the client to provide a medical certificate seeking to be excused.

However, we must make sure that the relevant certificate is in proper form and says that the client is too unwell to attend or to give evidence in the proceedings.

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It is always the small things that get you into trouble. 

One of our colleagues finds himself in trouble and is the subject of a caution for a period of 6 months.   We do not intend naming this agent nor posting the sanction from the OMARA website.  If an agent wishes to do this personally about themselves, then they can set themselves up as a blogger and write about it, as has occurred in the past. 

The details of the conduct of an RMA with a sanction are of course relevant to the OMARA’s decision, but the overall message that comes from this case is that it is always the small stuff that gets you into trouble. 

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All practitioners need to be aware of a recent requirement to document all instances of staff or client complaints:

Please access the attached form and implement immediately.

 

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