Lee-May Saw


Admitted as a Barrister in NSW in 2010

Lee-May has developed a solid practice acting for both individuals and corporations in environment and planning law, family law, common law, personal injury, succession and family provision matters.

Regularly briefed in a broad spectrum of cases concerning family law and child protection, Lee-May skilfully appears in matters relating to separating couples, State protection cases where the Department of Community Services is involved, parenting and adoption cases, and in complex property cases, including where the assets in question are overseas. Notably, she has particular expertise in family law cases where there is a challenge to expert evidence on the grounds of cultural bias.

The depth and breadth of Lee-May’s planning and environment practice extends to acting for Chinese property developers expanding their portfolios in Australia, and her fluency in the Mandarin, Cantonese and Hokkien languages is highly advantageous in such matters. In addition to her representation of clients in Federal and State jurisdictions, Lee-May also provides effective representation at conciliation and at mediations.

Lee-May has developed a niche practice where challenging issues of cultural diversity arise and is an emerging leader in law and policy developing test case litigation. She has a special interest in diversity in the legal profession, the quality provision of legal services, and quality access to justice. She regularly delivers presentations on Women in Leadership in the legal profession and has an extensive list of notable present and past appointments and memberships.

Prior to being called to the Bar, Lee-May practised as a solicitor advocate in private practice and at community legal centres. She graduated from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts.

Lee-May has recently released a report on cultural diversity of the legal profession in Australia along with her co-convenor Michael Tangonan.

The report; Asian Australian Lawyers Association Cultural Diversity Focus Groups Pilot Project can be found here:


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