Current Events


31 March 2015 marks one year since the Federal Government's cuts to legal funding for asylum seekers.

Young Liberty for Law Reform have put together a video calling on the Australian community to support organisations that provide free legal service to asylum seekers.

CASE has also signed a joint statement on the cuts.



Donations are urgently required to enable CASE to assist Unauthorised Maritime Arrivals:
see the A Fair Go For Asylum Seekers Appeal

Our Work

Our Work

People Assisted in 2014

808 - new clients were assisted throughout the year

55 - assisted with protection visas

175 - assisted with a family reunion visa

24 - applications lodged at the MRT/RRT

57 - nationalities assisted

5020 - hours of volunteer time contributed


Our Staff & Board

Board of Management

CASE for Refugees is governed by a Board of Management who is responsible for overseeing the strategic direction of the organisation, providing support to the Principal Solicitor, and fulfilling the legal, ethical and moral obligations of the organisation.

The CASE for Refugees Board is elected by its members and are appointed for two year terms. These positions are voluntary appointments and CASE for Refugees prides itself on attracting applicants with significant experience and expertise in managing and working in the legal, education, business and social justice fields.

Board Members 2014-15

Mike Best

Chairperson - Michael Best

Mike is a civil engineer who enjoyed a very successful 24 year career with Wood & Grieve Engineers, a large Perth-based national consultancy. After 9 years as Managing Director and CEO at Wood & Grieve, Mike retired from full-time work in 2012 to pursue other interests. He is now busy with a number of non-executive Board roles in both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors.  Mike joined CASE because he feels deeply concerned about the way refugees and asylum seekers were being portrayed by our politicians and media commentators. He felt that the least we could do was give them a fair hearing within our legal system, which is something he believes CASE is doing really well.


Vice-Chairperson - Tom Tolchard

Tom graduated from Canterbury Christ Church University having studied business and commerce. His early career was spent investigating the economic and social impacts of microfinance across India and Sri Lanka before transitioning into a more mainstream career in retail consulting. Tom has spent the past 6 years working to develop and grow the Australian social enterprise sector.  Tom's projects include the founding of Future Proof Consulting, the development of STREAT Ltd, the opening of Spacecubed, establishment of the social return on investment network WA (SROI) and more recently appointment to be Chair of the Fundraising committee for CASE For Refugees. Tom is passionate about the role of social and economic inclusion for all and the development of a fair and civil society.

Richard Valton

Treasurer - Richard Valton

Born and bred in Paris, France, Richard first worked as a mining engineer in Katanga. After completing an MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France in 1974, he joined a division of Electrolux in Paris and became the CEO and Chairman of the Board till 1983. In 1984 he moved to Perth and joined BHP as their Manager of Long Term Planning and Forecasting in the Iron Ore division. He has held Dircetorships in international Mining Companies and also has taught and tutored in business policy, marketing strategy and economics at University level. For the last 5 years, Richard was a volunteer advisor with the Australian Business Volunteers organisation and had a number of assignments across South East Asia and South Pacific Islands. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (FAIM).

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Secretary - Han Nguyen

Han's wide ranging background spans from being a capital markets lawyer and analyst with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, to a management consultant focusing on mining and industrial clients and, most recently, working in the strategy and operations team of a global property company.  Currently, he is a commercial and financial adviser at Deloitte focusing on social and economic infrastructure.  Han's desire to join CASE is driven by his own family experience leaving Vietnam and his belief that Australia's culture of giving people a "fair-go" should apply to all regardless of race or circumstance. He sees a great opportunity to use his skills and experience to make a contributing impact at CASE.

Anne Mathews

Member - Dr Anne Mathews

Dr Anne Mathews has extensive experience in teaching and research.  She has held a number of senior positions in State Government agencies in the areas of training, science and innovation, Indigenous issues, disability and the environment.  Anne is a fellow of Leadership WA, a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Australian Institute of Management, Australian Society for Microbiology and the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology. Anne's passion for addressing social justice issues and improving the lives of refugees, migrants and people from cultural and linguistically diverse backgrounds attracted her to become a board member of CASE.

Anne Durack

Member - Anne Durack

Anne has a Bachelor of Jurisprudence (Hons) and LLB (Hons) from University of WA. She was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in WA in 1977 and ACT and NSW in 1980. She was a senior associate at Phillips Fox working in the insurance area before becoming senior claims and risk solicitor at Law Mutual . In that role she managed professional negligence claims against WA practitioners, arranged professional indemnity insurance and developed and delivered a compulsory risk management programme to WA practitioners she has a particular interest in practice management and legal ethics. In 2012 she joined WA Bar . She began volunteering at CASE in 2012 and was awarded Women Lawyers Senior women lawyer award. She also lectures on risk management and professional responsibility at College of Law.



Staff Members


Helen Pearce - Chief Executive Officer

Helen has 20 years experience as a solicitor in private practice in Victoria and NSW and as in-house counsel in Federal and WA State Government entities. Her practice has covered a wide range of law including Administrative law, Migration law, Civil Litigation and Commercial law. Helen also holds post-graduate qualifications in Dispute Resolution and Migration Law. She has worked as an accredited mediator in the courts and in the community and is a registered migration agent. Helen's passion for social justice has seen her move more recently to the not for profit sector, and in March 2014 she took on the position as Chief Executive Officer at CASE For Refugees.

Solicitors & Registered Migration Agents Registered Migration Agent Administration Staff
Bernice Carrick (MARN 1067227) Gwynneth Moyle (MARN 0851256) Caro Nye
Helen Pearce (MARN 1383402) Articled Clerk Claire Faulkner
Kathy Bogoyev (MARN 1462786) Katy Welch
Marti Rinsma (MARN 0853256) Consultant Registered Migration Agent
Rohini Thomas (MARN 1069481) Bill Thomas (MARN 0426699)
Tannaz Pasha (MARN 1461318)

CASE for Refugees Patron

In 2009 Rosemary Hudson Miller accepted the invitation to be the first Patron of CASE for Refugees. Rosemary has dedicated herself to humanitarian and refugee work and was instrumental, through her position as Social Justice Consultant with the Uniting Church Synod of WA, in assisting with the establishment of CASE.