About Us

Liz Hug, LLB (Hons) LLM
Immigration Lawyer – Canberra and Brisbane

Welcome Legal is a law firm which specialises in Australian immigration and citizenship law. Welcome Legal started in Canberra, the capital city of Australia, in 2015 and today assists clients from all over Australia and the world.

Liz (formerly Liz Huang Hughes-Brown) 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.  She is registered with the ACT Law Society and is entitled to practise law everywhere in Australia.  Liz has handled many successful visa applications.  She was previously a Registered Migration Agent (RMA) since 2003 but due to a law change on 22 March 2021 she is no longer required to maintain RMA registration as she holds an unrestricted practising certificate as a legal practitioner.

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.  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. Liz is also an accredited yoga and meditation teacher and a personal coach.

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.


“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…”