About Us

Liz Hughes-Brown

Liz Huang Hughes-Brown, LLB (Hons) LLM

Welcome Legal is a law firm based in Canberra, Australia which specialises in immigration law, anti-discrimination law and dealing with government.

Liz is the founder and Principal Lawyer of Welcome Legal.  Liz holds a Bachelor of Laws with Honours from the Australian National University and a Master of Laws (Distinction) from the University of New South Wales.  Liz also has a Bachelor of Asian Studies degree from the ANU.

Liz was admitted as a legal practitioner in 2003 and is entitled to practise as a Barrister and Solicitor in the Australian Capital Territory.  She also has practising rights in the other Australian jurisdictions and in the federal courts of Australia, including the High Court.  Liz is a Registered Migration Agent (MARN 0316123).  She has successfully challenged visa refusals and cancellations, and has obtained ministerial interventions for her clients.

After initially practising as an immigration lawyer, Liz took up an opportunity to gain commercial law experience. She worked with two national law firms as a corporate and commercial lawyer from 2004 to 2008. She is therefore experienced in meeting the needs of business clients as well as individuals.

In 2009, Liz was offered the position of Senior Legal Counsel at the federal Department of Industry and Science. She worked at the Department for more than six years. During that time, Liz advised on some of the largest procurements and funding programs administered by the Department, including the Australian Government’s $484 million Entrepreneurs’ Programme.  Liz gained an in-depth knowledge of the workings of a government department. Her experience now serves her well in helping clients deal with government.

Liz has been a legal intern with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and she volunteers with the Red Cross Migration Support Program. She is a member of the ACT Law Society Inclusion and Diversity Committee.

Liz enjoys learning other languages.  She has a background in French, Mandarin, Vietnamese and Teochew Chinese.