Principal lawyer


Junko Katsuda

Prior to establishing Katsuda Synergy Lawyers, Junko earned her stripes with a number of Australian law firms gaining her a strong following of Japanese and Australian clients. As the firms’ principal, clients place their trust in Junko as an approachable lawyer who prioritises long-term solutions, and can walk clients through the entire legal process. She is able to not only provide legal advice that addresses or avoids problems, but advanced strategic legal guidance in all aspects of corporate, employment, immigration, family and individual law.


Feb 2010  Eastern Commercial Lawyers

Sep 2013  Katsuda Synergy Lawyers

Bar Association

Law Society of New South Wales


Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Sydney Inc.

Member of Australia Japan Society of NSW

The Australian Network for Japanese Law

Australian Labo

Legal Counsel (Lawyer admitted in Japan)


Genichiro Ito

After being admitted in Japan in 2012, Genichiro has advised on M&A, employment and general corporate matters to clients in various sectors including trading houses, banks, insurance companies, securities companies, real estate developers, manufacturers, IT companies and pharmaceutical companies.

Genichiro has worked for a major international law firm in Tokyo before moving to Sydney where he gained extensive experience in advising international clients on Japanese law. Genichiro understands the difference between Japanese and Australian law. He is capable of giving advice on Japanese laws to non-Japanese clients, based on his profound understanding of the relevant differences.

Genichiro is a native speaker of Japanese and fluent in English.






Dec 2012

Dec 2012

Dec 2012-Mar 2018

Apr 2018-Aug 2020

Oct 2020

The University of Tokyo (LL.B.)

Waseda Law School (J.D.)

The University of Sydney (Master of Laws)

Admitted as a Japanese qualified practicing attorney (bengoshi)

Member of Dai-ichi Tokyo Bar Association

Baker Mckenzie (Tokyo)

Ashurst Australia (Sydney)

Katsuda Synergy Lawyers

Bar Association

Dai-ichi Tokyo Bar Association

Practice areas

Corporate, M&A, Employment


English, Japanese

Consultant Lawyer


James Hammond

Australian migration law is vast, complex, and always changing. For foreign nationals, navigating this landscape can be daunting. The recognition of this and a desire to help people achieve their migration goals has driven James’ practise in this area. With over 10 years’ experience as a registered migrant agent and qualified lawyer, James practices exclusively in the field of Australian immigration law. He stays abreast of law and policy changes to ensure client’s complex visa applications, refugee migration and migration review tribunal matters are professionally and expeditiously completed. James speaks fluent Japanese and has spent many years studying and working in japan.

Nov 2004  Admitted as a solicitor in Victoria, Australia

August 2005  Newland Migration Services

April 2007  Absolute Immigration Services

May 2008  Lily Ong Solicitor

July 2010  Hammond Migration


Migration Agent (Registration #0636764)

Migration Institute of Australia (MIA)



Bar Association

Law Society of Victoria



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