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. The legal Practice Manager is Michael Jones, who is also an Accredited Specialist in Australian Immigration Law. Michael work 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.
In 2015 Diana Tong, a registered migration agent who had been an employee and salaried partner with Parish Patience and Howard Murdoch, who had qualified as a Lawyer while employed by the firm, set up their own practice under the Parish Patience Immigration Services.
The firm of Parish Patience Bitel carries on a continuous heritage of nearly 130 years of legal tradition, including 40 years that David Bitel dedicated to that tradition. We have no ongoing relationship with the firm set up recently by Ms Tong and Mr Murdoch.