Richard Hardy is a Partner of the practice and leads Baker Love’s team specialising in Australian Immigration and Citizenship Law.
Richard has qualifications in Social Work (University of NSW) and Law (University of Sydney), and is a Registered Migration Agent (with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority). He has practised as a Lawyer since 1994, specialising in Australian Immigration and Citizenship Law, but also in other areas, including employment law, civil litigation and criminal law.
Richard practised in Sydney, in private practice and for the Immigration Advice & Rights Centre, (a specialist community legal centre) until 2001 and has since practised in Newcastle, including as the Principal of Hardy Lawyers, before joining Baker Love Lawyers in May 2013.
In 2012 he obtained ‘Specialist Accreditation’ from the Law Society of NSW in Australian Immigration and Citizenship Law and is the only ‘Accredited Specialist’ in this area of law outside of Sydney in NSW.
Richard has performed the following work as a lawyer.
- Providing legal advice and assistance to individuals, community organisations, businesses, private and public corporations (ranging from small to national in operations);
- Advising and assisting visa applicants and sponsors in a wide range of visa applications to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, including skilled, business, employer sponsored, family sponsored, refugee and humanitarian visas;
- Advising and assisting clients in complex immigration and citizenship matters, including in relation to health and ‘character’ issues;
- Advising and assisting visa applicants and sponsors in applications for review of refusal and cancellation decisions, including to the Migration Review Tribunal, Refugee Review Tribunal, Administrative Appeals Tribunal and the Federal Court;
- Advising and assisting claimants for refugee status held in immigration detention centres, (including on Christmas Island and in remote areas of Western Australia and Queensland);
- Appearing in civil and criminal legal proceedings in various jurisdictions, including the NSW Children’s, Local, District and Supreme Courts, Fair Work Commission;
- Acting for a group of plaintiffs in proceedings in the District Court of NSW, to obtain redundancy entitlements;
- Acting in a lengthy (3-month) criminal trial in the Supreme Court of NSW;
- Former conjoint lecturer in employment law at the University of Newcastle; and
- Presenting legal information at community and public seminars and forums.