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 and citizenship law.

Liz (who likes to go by the name of ‘Liz H’ for short) is the founder and Principal Lawyer of Welcome Legal.  Liz migrated to Australia with her family when she was a baby and has been an Australian citizen for over 30 years.  She empathises with people who want to make Australia their home and have a bright future for their children.

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 law everywhere in Australia. Liz is a Registered Migration Agent (MARN 0316123) and was first registered in 2003.  She has handled many successful visa applications.

Liz was formerly a corporate and commercial lawyer in two national law firms 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 in the federal Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research.  During her six years at the Department, 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’s clients include public servants, lawyers, university staff and other professionals.  Liz provides an empathic, non-judgemental and confidential service.

Liz has been a legal intern with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and a volunteer with the Red Cross Migration Support Program.  She is on the Legal Aid ACT panel of immigration lawyers and is a member of the Law Council of Australia’s Migration Law Steering Committee.

In 2016, Liz won an award for her achievements as a lawyer from the ACT Women Lawyers Association.  In 2017, Liz was awarded the ACT Law Society President’s Medal for her contributions to the community and legal profession.

Liz enjoys learning other languages.  She has a background in French, Mandarin, Vietnamese and Teochew Chinese.  She is currently learning Spanish. Liz is also an accredited yoga and meditation teacher.

Our clients come from all different countries around the world and we appreciate cultural diversity.
We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and pay our respects to their elders past, present and emerging.

Markus

“Liz was very knowledgeable in every aspect of a complex sponsorship and visa application process. I felt she was always on top of any developments in my case and clearly understood the requirements of the Department of Immigration when submitting any documents or information.

Throughout the process of my application I felt that Liz was very approachable and professional. I would have no hesitation recommending her services…”