DIRECTOR, SOLICITOR & REGISTERED MIGRATION AGENT (MARN 1386572)
I started Samuta McComber Lawyers after working as a solicitor in private practice, the community legal sector, and running my own Migration Agency. After several years of practise I saw a distinct need across various ethnic communities in Australia for accessible and relatable solicitors .
I have a strong interest in representing clients who are facing the cancellation of their visa under sections 116 and 501 of the Migration Act 1958. I have had a number of success for my clients in their appeals to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT).
I am passionate about my work, but the high regard I that I have for family, freedom and fairness is what lights my fire and fuels my fight on behalf of my clients.
Listen to Jennifer talk to Radio NZ about Australia'a visa cancellation laws here.
BIOGRAPHY (for those wanting to know more about the founder - and heart - of the firm!)
Jennifer Samuta is an Australian legal practitioner, wife and mother of three active boys. Having spent her early childhood years in Fijian villages, childhood in Far North Queensland, and adult life in Brisbane city, she has a distinct taste for the metropolitan lifestyle with undoubtable deep roots in the South Pacific. Her dynamic life experiences have been key in developing her area of legal practice and interest in the legal issues affecting Pasifika people within Australia and across the South Pacific region, both current (such as visa cancellations and deportation) and emerging (such as climate change and displacement of people).
After graduating from the University of Queensland with a dual Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), she was admitted as a solicitor to the Supreme Court of Queensland, before working in refugee and immigration law at community legal centres as well as private practice.
Following several years of practice, she observed a desperate need for new and distinct approaches for legal services to be better accessible to Pasifika people and those most vulnerable, including those in prison, immigration detention and low socio-economic areas. In response to that observation, Jennifer started up her own law practice and has since been a director of the inner-city boutique law firm, Samuta McComber Lawyers (SML).
In recognising the important role the community plays in the legal industry, Jennifer strives to collaborate with community based organisations for two main reasons:
to remain culturally appropriate, relevant and specific in modern Australia; and
to allow for a holistic legal approach that extends beyond the letter of the law.
To give back to the community and to raise awareness on key migration issues in Australia, Jennifer currently serves as a Committee Member and Governance Sub-Committee Member of the Pacific Islands Council of Queensland Inc., and regularly presents at various community events, university student association panels, community legal centres and CPD workshops.