Jeans Lawyers

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Primary Applications and Tribunal Appeals

Simon Jeans is in the unique position of having worked as a representative and Tribunal Member.  He is available to give advice on all aspects of primary applications and Tribunal appeals:

  • What to lodge at the time of application;

  • Evidence to obtain;

  • When to lodge further documents:

  • Interview or hearing preparation;

  • Tactics before, during and after the interview or hearing;

  • Ministerial requests; and

  • Judicial reviews.

Consultation, Assessment and Investigations

Simon Jeans has over 28 years’ experience as a lawyer and decision-maker and has acquired a strong and effective set of skills in document examination, conducting interviewing, credibility assessment and fact-finding. 

He offers consulting services to corporations and government agencies in security assessments for personnel in airports and other security-related facilities, confidential investigations, interviews and fact-finding.  He is skilled in obtaining information and the assessment of credibility. 

His decisions made at the Migration and Refugee Review Tribunals have withstood the scrutiny of judges from the Federal Circuit Court, Federal Court and High Court.  In a judgment which overturned one of his decisions made in the Refugee Review Tribunal, the Minister lodged an appeal to the Full Federal Court.  The appeal was successful and the decision made in the RRT was upheld as legally correct. This case has been cited as a precedent in at least 38 other judgments:  MIBP v SZUXN [2016] FCA 516.

Other judgments in which his decisions in the tribunals were upheld include: SZVSW v MIBP [2018] FCA 165; Sun v MIBP [2015] FCCA 2479, [2016] FCAFC 52; SZUYO v MIBP [2015] FCA 970DZAEQ v MIBP [2015] FCCA 399; SZSZN v MIPB [2014] FCCA 404; SZSIA v MIAC [2013] FCCA 720; SZQUM v MIAC [2012] HCASL 151, [2012] FMCA 79; SZQUI v MIAC [2012] HCASL 166, FCA 839, FMCA 272; Singh v MIBP [2015] FCCA 3021; and Huang v MIAC [2012] FMCA 311.

He has had success in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in a citizenship character case.  The Tribunal found that the applicant was of good character to be granted citizenship: Onyeaka and MIBP [2015] AATA 960.

In July 2016, he filed an appeal in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia against a decision made by a case officer at the Australian Embassy in Moscow.  There was no merit review, only on a point of law in the court.  The case was conceded by the Minister's lawyers before the hearing: Tregubova v MIBP  [SYG1808/2016].  Judge Street noted in his Order:

The Minister accepts that the decision is affected by jurisdictional error as the delegate failed to provide the applicant an opportunity to comment on the particulars of information that would be the reason, or part of the reason, for refusing to grant a visa, contrary to s 57(2) of the Migration Act 1958 (the Act), being that in the period starting 3 years before her visa application was made, a member of the applicant’s family unit has been refused a visa on the ground of failing to satisfy cl 4020(1) of Schedule 4 to the Migration Regulations 1994.


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