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Impex Lawyers & Advisers

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Our Story

The name IMPEX is derived as an abbreviated portmanteau of the words IMPORT and EXPORT.

Before becoming a lawyer in 2005, the firm’s principal Joseph Buccheri spent several years gaining international experience in Italy, Switzerland and China that culminated to be the founder in the late 90’s of WTOEXCHANGE, an import/export internet marketplace for Small to Medium Enterprises (SME’s). Partners included IBM World Trade Corporation, Hewlett Packard, Travelex, Union Bank of Switzerland, Lotus, SGS & Dun Bradstreet as an alternative online and offline ‘click and mortar’ B2B competitor model to the then nascent Alibaba. 

The project was ahead of its time and with a great learning lesson that “you don’t always win by being first…” Eventually, the project was shelved due to the economic impacts of 9/11 on the E-commerce industry.

Joseph’s entrepreneurial roller coaster journey in his late 20’s involved establishing and running an unlisted public company, fundraising significant $ millions, building a high profile board, engaging local and international experts, recruiting, managing and motivating staff, maintaining compliance, building alliances/partnerships, dealing with stakeholders and shareholders and synchronising a global business model to its corporate agenda. The battle scars gave him a unique experience in now being able to diligently sit on both sides of the table with business and legal ‘hat’ perspectives. 

This passionate and uniquely challenging experience motivated him to start IMPEX Lawyers & Advisers in 2007 to assist the vast array of issues faced by entrepreneurs and SME businesses desiring to succeed locally and globally.

What makes us different?

Unlike many other Law Firms, we offer an up to 30 minute first free phone, video or in person consultation to determine the nature of the legal issue, discuss the available options and request an estimate of costs to proceed with your matter and we can travel during and after hours if necessary for quick turnarounds with fixed fees available for our standard services.

We use efficient and effective legal practice management technology that enables our lawyers to concentrate on client scope of work instructions and not stress about traditional billing and file management that the client otherwise would pay for with other traditional paper based law firms- its a key competitive advantage we pass on to our clients with our affordable fees.

We use cutting edge FILEMAN storage technology designed only for lawyers so all of our clients have access to their electronic and hard copy files which are easily retrievable and can be viewed in PDF format without having to wait like traditional paper based law firms.

Meet the Team

The firm operates on a lean and agile contractor basis allowing our lawyers and advisers as independent consultants to have a vested interest in the successful outcomes of our valued Australian and overseas clients on a matter by matter basis thereby reducing unnecessary ongoing overheads that results in delivering specialised expertise at affordable rates- we don’t have fancy offices we use state of the art technology to get the job done – law tech is what we believe in to disrupt what our competitors are not doing.

Joseph T. A Buccheri

Position: Managing Director

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Juris Doctor (University of Melbourne, Australia)
  • Graduate Diploma- Legal Practice (ANU, Australia)
  • Graduate Diploma- Chinese Business (Tongji University, Shanghai China)
  • Bachelor of Business- International Trade (Victoria University, Australia)

Memberships & Pro Bono

Joseph is admitted as a Barrister & Solicitor in the jurisdictions of Victoria and the High Court of Australia. He is an accredited International Trade Facilitator with over 25 years working experience in Italy, Switzerland, North/Latin America and Asia markets.

As well as overseeing the firm, his principal area of practice is International Trade & Commercial Law with a dedication to assisting the vast array of issues faced by his clients wishing to understand, participate and succeed in local & global markets.

He is recognised as a ‘Global Top 200’ Lawyer by the International Trade Council: the pinnacle Global Chamber of Commerce that provides services to chambers, business associations, import/export councils, government trade agencies and businesses around the world.

Alan D’Andrea

Position: Senior Solicitor Consultant

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor Laws (Honours) (Deakin, Melbourne, Australia)
  • Bachelor Commerce (Deakin, Melbourne, Australia)
 

Alan is an internationally experienced lawyer with undergraduate degrees in Commerce and Law (Honours). He completed the New York Bar exams in 1998 after working in law firms in Singapore (1994-1995) and New York (1996-1998). He later led a corporate advisory practice dealing with a diverse range of domestic and international clients globally. This corporate transactional experience covered mergers, acquisitions, capital raisings, takeovers, business development strategies and restructuring.

Alan’s publications cover various investment banking disciplines. His titles include, “The Initial Public Offering Process in Australia: A Practical Guide”, “The Initial Public Offering Process in Singapore: A Practical Guide”, “IPO in Australia: A Guide” and “The Back Door Listing Process in Australia: A Practical Guide”.

Mark Liu

Position: Senior Solicitor Consultant

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce (Monash University – Honours)
  • Masters of Law (Applied Law) – Commercial Litigation
 

Mark is an experienced lawyer who focuses predominately on commercial matters and disputes. His areas of practice are otherwise broad and includes property, business, leasing, employment law, construction law and intellectual property. He topped his class in Australia in his Masters of Law (Applied Law) majoring in Commercial Litigation and has acted for a number of clients across VCAT, the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria, the County Court of Victoria, the Supreme Court of Victoria, the Federal Circuit Court and in the NSW and Tasmanian jurisdictions.

Mark speaks fluent Mandarin, is married with 2 children and has a keen interest in technology.

Ms Naomi Liu

Position: Senior Immigration Lawyer

In 2002,Naomi came from China and went straight into Melbourne University to
study Bachelor of Laws degree

  • In 2005,she became NAATI accredited translator (Chinese into English)
  • In 2008,she was registered as migration agent and admitted as a lawyer in
    Australia
  • 2006-2012 she worked at Australian Career Migration Lawyers as a migration
    lawyer
  • 2012-2013 she worked at Stamford Lawyers as a migration lawyer
  • 2013-2014 she worked at Harry R Song & Associates as a migration lawyer
  • 2014-2015 she worked at Erskine Rodan & Associates as a migration lawyer
  • She is also the legal consultant of two of the most established Chinese community clubs in Melbourne, being Ningyang Society and Lung Kong Association

Naomi specializes in Australian immigration and education services. She is also a solicitor. She can assist with AAT and judicial review applications. She is good at complicated cases as well. She can speak fluent Mandarin, Cantonese and English.

Jack Reilly

Position: Senior Adviser

An expert trusted financial market operator with over 45 years experience in domestic & international markets who commenced in 1969 as a law graduate trainee money market dealer with Capel Court Corporation and graduated to Chairman of the Australian Money Market Dealers for 8 years.

Various appointments have included:

  • Managing Director: Group Holdings: Publicly listed Financial Market Company
  • Treasurer: Australian International Finance Corporation LTD.
  • Deputy Secretary: Department of Treasury Victoria
  • Financial Adviser: Australian Federal & State Governments
  • Founding Director: Victoria Funds Management Corporation
  • Director: State Trustees Ltd.
  • Director: Urban Land Corporation
  • Director: Football Federation Australia
  • Australian Socceroo Goal Keeper- 1974 World Cup
  • Commissioner: Macedon Ranges Shire Council

 

 

Loretta Chen

Position: Solicitor Consultant

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (Leo Cussen Centre for Law)
  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Monash University)
  • Exchange Program with Tsinghua University (清华大学)
 

Born and raised in Shenzhen (深圳), China until the age of 10, Loretta is an effective bilingual communicator, who is fluent in English and Chinese. Loretta is a passionate Solicitor who dedicates herself to all that she applies herself to.  She values the bilateral cross communication challenges of dealing between Asian and Australian jurisdictions and these skills have been honed through her participation in an exchange program with the renowned Tsinghua University (清华大学) School of Law.

Loretta understands and values the importance of effective communication and strives to provide personable service and assistance to clients, especially those with non-English/Chinese speaking backgrounds.

Loretta is dedicated to above excellence service to her clients as a preparation to one day utilise her passion and experience for litigation and court advocacy to join the Bar as a Barrister at Law.

Abby Chen

Position: Solicitor Consultant

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Juris Doctor (University of Melbourne, Australia)
  • Bachelor of Arts (China University of Political Science and Law)
  • Exchange program (University of California- UCLA)
  • UK and EU Laws and Treaties (University of Exeter, UK)

Abby is talented young Solicitor who is natively bilingual in English and Mandarin Chinese with excellent legal drafting and translation skills. 

Her expertise is in acting as a trusted intermediary between her local and overseas clients when assembling and managing the specialised teams the firm designs and manages for optimal legal solutions. Her clients have included mainland Chinese State Owned Enterprises, mainland Chinese Law and Accounting Firms, Chinese HNWI and Family Offices.

Nathan Lu Kwan Wei

Position: Solicitor Consultant

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (Leo Cussen Centre for Law)
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) (Monash University)
  • Bachelor of Law (Monash University)
 
Nathan was born and raised in Miri, Malaysia and fluent bilingual in English and Chinese. He is a bright and astute Solicitor with an interest in civil litigation, corporate and commercial law, taxation law,  information technology, blockchain technology and entrepreneurship.
 
He is valued for being commercially minded, critical in his analysis, and efficient in executing his work. He is appreciated by people from various walks of life, and is open minded and informed on a diverse range of topics and conversations. He is friendly, optimistic and encouraging with an underlying technical depth when representing the best interests of his clients.
 

Sarah Buccheri

Position: Office & Trust Accounts

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor of Commerce (University of Melbourne)- Chartered Accountant.
 

The firm adopts the latest legal and accounting software technology managed by Sarah for all of the firms’ office, trust account and strict ongoing audit functions. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and is a Chartered Accountant with significant Australian and European experience with all big 4 accounting firms in audit, compliance and business improvement functions.

Francesca Lam

Position: Law Clerk

Francesca is currently studying a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Arts at Monash University and performs diligent law clerking duties.

As an aspiring lawyer, Francesca is dedicated to enhancing her understanding and knowledge of legal practice and is motivated to producing work of a high calibre. She brings fresh energy to the firm with her appreciation for creative thinking, initiative and hard work.

In her spare time, Francesca is an active participant of artistic swimming and a keen member of a karate club. Her interest also extends to fashion design and dressmaking, as well as cooking and reading. 

 

Expert Barrister Retention

We have long standing strong and trusted relationships with leading specialist Barristers and their Clerks. We regularly instruct these specialist experts on behalf of our clients where deep, superior and experienced skills are required. This allows us to design legal solutions which can be up to 50% cheaper compared to other traditional pyramid model law practices. 

Click here to better understand how IMPEX can  provide superior specialist expertise compared to larger traditional law firm fees and charges using this Expert Barrister retention model.

Some of the leading Melbourne Barrister Clerks we regularly instruct for Junior up to Senior & Queens Counsel:

Greens List Barristers
Foley's List
Young's List
Meldrum & Hyland's List