Welcome to Parish Patience Immigration Lawyers
Walter Parish established his Law Practice in Sydney in 1888. He was joined a few years later by John Patience and the firm became Parish Patience. The firm has been continuously in the forefront of legal practice ever since, with the names of the two original partners being kept long after they had both died.
David Bitel joined the firm in 1976, originally working in Family Law under Ross Barwick. He soon switched to Immigration Law where he found his major interest. He became an acknowledged expert in the field and by the time of his recent death he had been accredited by the Law Society of NSW as a Specialist in Australian Immigration Law since accreditation over 20 years ago.
The firm has now been incorporated under the name Parish Patience Bitel Pty Ltd trading as Parish Patience Immigration Lawyers. On 1st September 2018, Mr. Robert Liu, Accredited Specialist in Australian Immigration law joined Parish Patience Immigration Lawyers as Legal Practitioner Director of the firm, with Mr. Michael Jones (Accredited Specialist in Australian Immigration Law) as Special Counsel. Robert worked with David from 2004 to 2007 helping David with Immigration and non-Immigration matters. Michael worked with David in Parish Patience from 1989 until 2000, then returned as a consultant and Senior Counsel in 2013. In that position he and David successfully ran two landmark Court cases that overturned the interpretation of the law by the Department of Immigration and Migration Review Tribunal in dozens of decisions.
The firm of Parish Patience Bitel carries on a continuous heritage of 130 years of legal tradition, including 40 years that David Bitel dedicated to that tradition.