An Introduction to Judicial Review of Migration Decisions (1.5 CLE/CPD points)


90-minute audio session = 1.5 CLE/CPD point for lawyers*

“If you’re a migration lawyer, you should aim to do some judicial review…it’s fascinating and there’s always the chance of getting a hearing in the high court”

Are you a migration agent or a migration lawyer? Are you appearing before a judge in the Federal Circuit Court? If so, this audio session will provide you with history, definitions, insight and practical tips on judicial reviews of migration decisions. Listen to Barrister Nicholas Poynder as he breaks down the complexities of judicial review in an engaging and accessible manner. In this on-demand audio session, Nicholas discusses common grounds for judicial review, such as failure to consider claims, incorrect interpretation, bias and procedural fairness.

Nicholas also outlines a step-by-step guide for lawyers when completing an application for judicial review highlighting practical tips from his many years as a Migration Agent and working in Administrative Law. Throughout this audio session, Nicholas also draws examples from many tribunal cases, bringing to life the tips and tools he mentions.

Listen to this audio session anywhere and anytime, as a great resource for lawyers and migration agents looking to develop their knowledge and understanding of challenging concepts.

Here is a sneak peek of Nicholas and Andrea discussing recent trends and developments in judicial review in Australian law (preview length: 2 mins)


This continuing legal education podcast will deliver the following learning outcomes:

  • Define judicial review and merits review
  • Common judicial review errors
  • Outline the steps to apply for judicial review
  • Understand issues and challenges with judicial review applications

Please note that the purchase of this CLE/CPD product allows you to access the recording 5 times over a period of 365 days from the date of purchase.
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Nicholas Poynder

Professional Background

Nicholas Poynder graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (1979) and Bachelor of Laws (1983) from the University of Tasmania. He was admitted in Tasmania in 1984, then moved to Melbourne where he worked as a solicitor before joining the Victorian Bar in 1990.

After practicing as a barrister in Melbourne from 1990-1992, he worked as a legal adviser to asylum seekers in Port Hedlund (1992). Nicholas then acted as a locum practitioner with the Central Australian Legal Aid Service in Alice Springs (1993).

Nicholas worked as the Coordinator of the Refugee Advice and Casework Service after relocating to Sydney in 1994. From 1995-1998, he served as a Senior Legal Officer with the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission in Sydney. Nicholas joined the NSW Bar in 1998, following the completion of a Masters of Law at the University of New South Wales,


Nicholas’ practice lies in administrative law, with a focus on immigration, human rights and anti-discrimination law. He has been a registered migration agent since the introduction of the registrations scheme in 1992, and appears before the Refugee Review Tribunal and Migration Review Tribunal.

Awards and Recognition

Nicholas is highly regarded in the legal world. The Australian Financial Review listed him in their immigration category of the ‘Best Lawyers in Australia’ for 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Nicholas is the current outgoing author of the Judicial Review commentary on the LexisNexis Australian Immigration Law Service. He also works as a Clinical Legal Practitioner in the Practical Legal Training Program at the University of Technology Sydney, where he teaches Legal and Professional Skills, and Family Law.

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* CLE/CPD schemes are based upon self-assessment of an educational activity. In order to count an educational activity towards mandatory CLE/CPD requirements a legal practitioner must determine for themselves that the activity extends their knowledge and skills in areas relevant to their practise or professional development.