Everything we do is about making immigration easy.

The flow of people into Australia is growing and continues to grow.  With that comes greater scrutiny and tougher requirements including an interesting and consistently reinvented focus towards decision making on issues such as security and genuineness.  As a consequence, the immigration department adopts various behavioural changes to the processing of applications which can focus on obscure sections of the law.  This enables a higher level of discretion leading to a varied spectrum of outcomes.

We take pride in the fact that we have engineered creative measures and proactive strategies to assist our clients remain compliant yet entrepreneurial in spite of the never ending legislative changes.

Intrinsically, right at the very roots, we understand what it means to move across oceans, as each of our consultants share a personal narrative with migration.

At Gilton Valeo Lawyers, we believe our work changes lives.  We change lives by assisting businesses employ the right talent, supporting entrepreneurs to create businesses, helping talented individuals work in their dream job and reuniting families in Australia.  With this awareness and understanding of the importance of the visa process for our clients, we ensure that each interaction meets the standard that we apply to our own lives.  That standard is driven by a simple ethos with a human complex –it is about giving, caring, intelligence and pushing ourselves past excellence.  We do this by making the immigration process simple.

“It is easy to claim to be different. But a point of difference means nothing if the person helping you does not have your best interests in mind.
Plainly speaking – we care.”

Our team, from our lawyers to our administrators, share a client-centric approach to how we help you.It is a human quality which interplays with our professionalism and expertise.

Troy Andres

TROY ANDRES
PARTNER

“My interest in immigration law started in high school after I received an award for a creative writing piece that I submitted to the NSW Parliament in respect to meeting labour and skill shortages of the late 1980s and early 1990s.  At the time, Australia was experiencing the recession (it had to have) and we learnt about multi-skilling and tariff removal which gave rise to globalization (another word for competitive integration).  From that point onwards, I continually wondered why we (as a nation) did not just let people in to work on various temporary visas.

Clearly this was a naive view on immigration but it did spark a curiosity that continues to burn today.  That interest has turned into determination as a I guide and inspire my team to service our clients to the standards that we apply to our own lives.  That standard is about giving, caring, intelligence and awareness. It is about pushing ourselves beyond our own idea of excellence.”

Clients

Troy’s clients have included:

  • BHP Billiton
  • Oracle
  • Salesforce.com
  • Downer EDI
  • Michael Hill
  • Brand Engineering
  • Adroll
  • Morgan Lewis & Bockius
  • Pearl Law Group
  • Meyer Law Group
  • Eco Legal
  • ARC Communications
Career

Troy is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and a former Registered Migration Agent (0004391).As an expert in immigration and administrative law, Troy has been managing the service delivery and implementation of large scale corporate visa programs including advising on compliance obligations for inbound assignees, professionals and entrepreneurs for over 15 years.Troy has delivered seminars and professional development courses for solicitors (Immigration Essentials for Lawyers in February 2010, August 2009 and February 2009) and mobility professionals (Temporary Business Entry Overhaul in October 2009) with the Migration Institute of Australia and Institute of Global Mobility.

Qualification
  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales
  • A former Registered Migration Agent (0004391)
  • Bachelor of Business, University of Technology, Sydney (UTS)
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Technology, Sydney (UTS)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, University of Technology Sydney (UTS)
  • Immigration Adviser NZ 201900522
  • Voted by peers and clients as a Future Leader in Corporate Immigration
Fiona Wong

FIONA WONG
PARTNER

“I have always been intrigued by the law and how it continues to impact our world and its ever-changing society, and vice versa.  My interest in immigration law started early in my career when I worked in the Pro Bono team at the Law Society of NSW.  I instantly knew that this was the area of law I wanted to practice in.

As I gained experience working in different global immigration law firms, I discovered that there was need to appreciate more than just immigration itself.  Focussing on businesses, I received hands-on experience dealing with the importance of compliance and commercial business decisions.  This was further refined when I became an in-house legal counsel at a Big-4 consultancy firm.  As a corporate and commercial legal counsel, I grasped the importance on how every decision, whether internal or external, affects the business.  That experience turned me into a business savvy corporate migration lawyer which has assisted my team and a number of businesses today.”

Clients

Fiona’s clients have included:

  • Oracle
  • Huawei
  • Prada
  • Joh Bailey
  • Google
  • McKinsey & Co
  • Deloitte
  • Country Garden
  • Reckitt Benckiser
Career

Fiona is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and a former Registered Migration Agent (1385731).As an expert in immigration and corporate law, Fiona has been managing a number of corporate visa programs, as well as providing specialised immigration advice and assistance to clients whose application is under review by the Tribunal or the Minister of Immigration.

Qualification
  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales
  • A former Registered Migration Agent (1385731)
  • Juris Doctor, University of Technology, Sydney (UTS)
  • Bachelor of Science (Pharmacology and Physiology), University of Sydney (USYD)
Kerin Jitla

KERIN BHATTY
ASSOCIATE

“My interest in immigration law became apparent when I assisted my relatives from abroad to apply for various visas, including a tourist visa, to enter Australia.   The sense of satisfaction I received from being able to assist my relatives to reunite with my family and providing them with an opportunity to explore our abundant and truly diverse country was beyond imaginable.

My goal when entering this ever-growing field of law was to help other families reunite and experience the happiness that comes with this reunion.  Three years on, my goal remains the same.  The only difference is it has expanded.  I am not only helping families reunite, I am also assisting businesses recruit the right talent from overseas, allowing individuals to fulfil their dreams of working in Australia and achieving career goals, boosting the Australian economy with talent and skills and allowing people to start a new life in Australia, a place they can call home.”

Clients

Kerin’s clients have included:

  • Salesforce.com
  • Adroll
  • Change.org
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Reiss
  • Apttus Australia
  • Guylian Café
  • Beach Burrito Company
  • Airbnb
  • Ferngrove Pharmaceuticals Australia
  • Erickson Immigration Group
  • Muscle Meals Direct
Career

Kerin has been admitted to practise as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 2012. Kerin was formerly registered through the Migration Agents Registration Authority (1385813) to provide specialised immigration advice and assistance to businesses, families and individuals. As an expert in immigration law, Kerin has been managing the service delivery and implementation of large scale corporate visa programs, family migration and general skilled migration.

Qualification
  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales
  • A former Registered Migration Agent (MARN 1385813)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Business Law), Macquarie University
  • Bachelor of Laws, Macquarie University
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, College of Law
Perry Lee

PERRY LEE
SENIOR LAWYER

“Old dog new tricks”

“Who said you cannot teach an old dog new tricks – I did!  I had a formal career as a cytogeneticist, working as part of a medical team responsible for detecting, analysing and interpreting genetic diseases in human blood, tissue and bodily fluid samples for over 10 years.

As an Asian immigrant who commenced his immigration “career” in the early 90s, first to New Zealand (yes, I am a Kiwi) and then to Australia in the 2000s – I was motivated by my upbringing to pursue a medical career.  However, being a cytogeneticist rarely brings me into contact with patients and I am passionate in connecting with people and helping them on a much more personal level.

I discovered, correction re-discovered, my passion with the law, especially with immigration law.  I love the process of researching new visa subclass and working them out.  I’m very detail-oriented and love the legal aspects of the very humane practice of immigration law.  However, I’m also a very social person and use my role as a chance to meet with clients and love nothing more than forging strong bonds with them.”

Clients

Perry’s clients have included:

  • Salesforce.com
  • Havas
  • Bennelong Restaurant & Bar
  • Erickson Immigration Group
  • AFDigital
  • GitHub
  • Square
  • Firedoor
  • Baxter Healthcare
  • Assetic Pty Limited
  • George Kemp & Associates
Qualification
  • College of Law – Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, Law 2015
  • UNSW – Juris Doctor, Law 2008-2014
  • Monash University – Master of Health Service Management 2001-2002
  • Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science – Otago University 1997-2001
  • NSW Law Practising Certificate
  • A former Registered Migration Agent (MARN 1796794)
Mohan Monteiro

MOHAN MONTEIRO
CONSULTANT

“Our approach is client-centric.  This means that we look to partner with our clients and we invariably place ourselves in our client’s position albeit utilising our knowledge, expertise and energy to drive the strategy through to completion.

We apply this approach to every engagement regardless of scale.  From large corporate organisations to entrepreneurs and skilled professionals, our advice centres on our client.”

Career

Mohan is our resident specialist in Australian tax and regulatory areas and advising new businesses on setting up corporations and business structures. Mohan has over 20 years of professional experience, commencing his career with Arthur Andersen in 1991 and continuing his practice with Ernst & Young till 2011. Over his career, he has led multidisciplinary teams providing services to multinational and Australian corporations in areas covering corporate income tax, employment taxes, due diligences, joint venture structuring, and company secretarial matters.

Mohan works closely with Australian State and Federal Government to promote foreign investment in Australia.

Qualification
  • Member CPA Australia
  • Masters in Tax (USYD)
  • Chartered Accountant, Institute of Chartered Accountants of India

Gilton Business Consultants was founded in 1982 by Mr John Milton Gillespie.  The name Gilton is a portmanteau of John’s surname Gillespie and his middle name Milton.

John was the inaugural National President of the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) and was a lifetime member of the MIA and Australian Institute of Administrative Law.

Throughout John’s 30 year career in the immigration advice industry, he has held the following positions:

  • Fellow of the Migration Institute of Australia
  • NSW State President of Australian Migration Consultants Association, 1989-1991
  • National President of Australian Migration Consultants Association, 1991
  • National President of Migration Institute of Australia, 1992
  • Member of Australian Institute of Administrative Law
  • Member of the Australian Institute of Management
  • John was a Justice of the Peace, Fellow of the Migration Institute of Australia and a member of the Australian Institute of Administrative Law, the Chartered Management Institute (UK), Australian Institute of Management and St James Ethics Centre.

Sadly, John passed away on 14 November 2011.  He is fondly remembered by colleagues, family and friends.  In memory of his contributions to the industry and his friendship, we proudly continue trading under the name Gilton Valeo Lawyers.

Our Specialisation

Gilton Valeo Lawyers specialises in immigration law ranging from the management and service delivery of corporate visa programs to representing clients before the Federal Court.

We pride ourselves on being able to provide you with accurate and timely advice on developments to immigration legislation and regulations and how the law affects you.  Our ongoing interest and participation in the administrative process means that we understand the latest authorities and legal positions as they are decided, thereby ensuring that you are presented with the best possible options based on the law as it stands today.

Our Professionals Focus on You

Our professionals and lawyers provide you with a range of immigration services, focusing on quality legal advice addressing your needs and intentions.  Our quality assured systems ensure that each facet of your brief is met and your matter receives the attention you deserve.  We are comprehensive in our assessment of your situation and tailor a course of action to exhaustively assess your eligibility and address all your concerns.

We believe that the delivery of migration advice and consulting hinges on:

  • Our people, legally qualified professionals to help you understand your situation against the legislative framework and develop an action plan to meet your goals
  • Our process, best practice processes ensuring efficiency and cost effectiveness, whilst maintaining freedom to model our processes around your requirements
  • Our technology, cutting edge practice management systems supporting the personal skills of our professionals