Rothstein lawyers established 1999 is one of Perth’s longest established specialist immigration law firms. Its founder Mervyn Rothstein endured his own difficult migration process and, noticing the increasing complexity of migration processes, specialised in migration law. The firm also handles matters of employment law.
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Sophie graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts in 2013, she commenced full time employment with Rothstein Lawyers as a law graduate in February 2013. She was admitted as a lawyer to the Supreme Court of Western Australia in November 2013 and became partner in the firm 1 January 2017.
Sophie has a keen interest in European languages and speaks fluent French, intermediate Spanish and basic Italian. She is a committee member of the Migration Institute of Australia’s WA and is a member of the sub-committee on mentoring of recently qualified agents. (Migration Agents Registration Number 1460731)
Mervyn was admitted to practice as a lawyer and notary in South Africa in 1970. He left the management board of a major law firm in Johannesburg to migrate to Australia in 1987. His migration process was long and complicated and gave him firsthand experience of the problems many migrants endure while attempting to make Australia home.
Two years after arriving in Australia he became the Managing partner of the law firm that had sponsored him into Australia. He left that firm in 1999 to start a boutique legal practice specializing in migration, employment and commercial law. Mervyn retired in January 2018.
Rondik joined the firm in January 2017 Her excellent qualities came to the firm’s attention whilst members of the firm were delivering a lecture at the Murdoch University Migration Law Graduate Certificate course which she was attending.
Rondik Graduated from Edith Cowan University with a bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in politics and government in 2010. She was admitted as a lawyer of the Supreme Court of Western Australia in December 2011. Rondik has a keen interest in local and international politics and humanitarian issues. (Migration Agents Registration Number 1791491)
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