The legal practice of James Chong Lawyers was built around the sole practice established by James Chong in 1985.

Today, carrying on the goodwill of James Chong, Denning Chong is the director and principal of the legal practice which was incorporated in 2005.


Denning Chong

LLB. Dist., B. Com, Notary Public, Reg Migration Agent (MARA No: 0209929) – Principal

Denning Chong is the director of the legal practice of James Chong Lawyers. He has been involved in complex and large scale property and commercial matters including sale and acquisitions of shopping centres, large industrial lands, development projects and apartment developments.

He has extensive experience in providing commercial structuring advice, preparation of investment documentation, advising clients in regard to leasing and franchising issues and providing advice on complex funding and security documentation.

Denning Chong has provided direct advice to the Royal Bank of Canada (Asia), the Bank of Queensland Morley, and many other institutions.

He represents Hiap Hoe Limited (SGX listed) in its interests in Australia and is a director of its Australian subsidiaries. Hiap Hoe Limited has over $1 billion in its property portfolio in Australia.

He also represents the Australian interests of CP Group which is a significant Malaysian property developer and is a director of its Australian interests. Similarly, he represents TS Holdings Ltd which is one of the largest private companies in Malaysia, in its Australian interests.

Denning Chong is experienced in the preparation of documentation and providing advice with respect to complex large scale “design and construct” leasing transactions. He has acted for the landlord in respect of development of sites for among others, Metalcorp Recyclers, Dan Murphy’s Liquor Stores and Kambo’s Electrical Stores. Denning advised on the design and construct documentations of the Mantra Hotel CBD.

Denning provides in-depth rounded advise on various property development issues, having provided advise for prominent developers including the Psaros Group, UOA Group, Hiap Hoe Ltd.

Denning Chong has represented various ASX listed companies in their commercial dealings and litigation matters. Such companies include Top Iron Limited, Tikforce Ltd, Resource Mining Corporation Limited, Sultan Corporation Limited, Terrain Minerals Limited and Navigator Resources Limited. Denning Chong has over 15 years of experience in legal practice which enables him to provide a full spectrum of advice for his clients.

He has managed complex litigation, including criminal matters, defamation proceedings, and matters in the Magistrates Court, District Court, Supreme Court, Family Court, Industrial Relations Court, Migration Review Tribunal, Builder’s Registration Board, State Administrative Tribunal, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, and the Federal Court.

Denning Chong is a Notary Public and a Registered Migration Agent. He has in-depth experience in various migration and visa applications and visa-cancellation issues. He is conversant in the Cantonese Dialect.

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Elaine Baldwin

LLB., B.Com, M.Tax

Elaine Baldwin is a graduate of the University of Western Australia (LL.B and B.Com) and was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 2000.

Elaine Baldwin has significant knowledge in taxation law, having completed her Masters in Taxation Law. Elaine Baldwin has a wealth of experience in Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Taxation litigation having been being a member at the Executive Level of the Australian Tax Office for the majority of her career.

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Dr. Kevin James O’Toole

B.Ec., B.Sc., LL.B, Ph.D. (UWA) – (General Counsel)

Dr Kevin O’Toole is admitted to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor in the Supreme Courts of Western Australia and Victoria.

Prior to commencing legal practice in Perth he was an administrative law advisor to the Department of Aviation in Canberra, and later Director of Compensation Appeals for the Commonwealth. In those capacities he was counsel for numerous Commonwealth government departments and institutions, conducting hearings in a variety of jurisdictions throughout Australia, including Commonwealth Employees Compensation, Social Security and Freedom of Information.

In Perth, he established Kevin James O’Toole & Associates in 1987; in 2003 and until 2008 to become O’Toole & Oprandi. He had a substantial practice in commercial conveyancing and litigation and conducted trials in all levels of courts in Western Australia. He represented substantial clients including the Water Corporation of Western Australia, the Australian Design Council and Underwater World at Hillarys.

From 2008 to 2012 was he was Intellectual Property Solicitor to and Senior Legal Counsel to the University of Western Australian.

He has a special interest in the study of reconciliation of divergent legal systems and cultures. In that context, he has written and had published works on international affairs with an emphasis on historical background, with some recent work published in Arabic under the translation of prominent Syrian scholar Dr. Radwan Ziadeh.

Dr. O’Toole is General Counsel at James Chong Lawyers in areas of commercial and civil litigation, including defamation, intellectual property, administrative law, and human rights.

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Emilia Oprandi


Emilia Oprandi is the lead litigation solicitor with James Chong Lawyers, having joined the practice in January 2010. She has practiced law for more than 23 years, specialising in commercial litigation and commercial work.

Emilia Oprandi was a partner in her own practice at O’Toole & Oprandi for six years, and prior to joining James Chong Lawyers, Emilia was employed by Edith Cowan University in several positions including as the Senior Legal Officer and University Lawyer.

Emilia Oprandi has been involved in running large scale commercial litigation disputes and in commercial transactions.

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Siao Yoon Wong

LLB, B.Econs

Siao Yoon is a solicitor specialising in property and commercial transactions. Yoon, who has been with James Chong Lawyers since January 2010, has significant experience in both complex commercial and residential property transactions. She also has been extensively involved in the preparation of leases as well as lending and security documentation. Yoon is fluent in the Mandarin language.

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Audrey Li

LLB, B.Com – Senior Associate

Audrey Li is a commercial lawyer. In addition, Audrey provides advice and legal representation in estate and non-contentious probate matters. Audrey is experienced in making applications for registration of trade marks. Audrey is a team leader in James Chong Lawyers’ property transactions and conveyancing practice. She is fluent in the French language.

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Cindy Ma

BA (CommSt) LLB

Cindy Ma commenced employment with James Chong Lawyers in 2013 and practices as a commercial litigator. She has been involved in and advised on a variety of different matters including contract and leasing disputes, wills and estates, local government prosecutions and town planning disputes, negligence, property law, migration, family law, and employment law. Cindy has acted for clients in respect of the Local Government Act, and Food Act prosecutions.

Cindy Ma has represented clients in the Magistrates Court (civil, criminal and industrial jurisdictions), District Court, Supreme Court, Family Court, Federal Court, Fair Work Commission, the Industrial Relations Commission, and the State Administrative Tribunal.

Cindy Ma also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Communication Studies. She is conversant in Cantonese.

She is currently completing her Master of Laws at the University of Western Australia.

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Eddie Biggs

LLB. (Hons)

The focus of Eddie Biggs is on providing clients with thorough, timely and effective legal services that achieve the desired outcome.

Graduating from University of Notre Dame in 2006 with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons), he was admitted as a legal practitioner of the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 2008 and joined James Chong Lawyers in 2013. Prior to practising law Eddie Biggs had a diverse career in the public sector starting at Landgate (then known as the Office of Titles) before transferring to the Department of Agriculture where he gained extensive experience in loan securities and commercialisation of intellectual property.

Eddie Biggs has a broad background in commercial and property law with experience in a variety of property, finance, leasing and general commercial matters.

Eddie Biggs acts for clients in leasing transactions for commercial, retail and shopping centre properties, property development and off-the-plan sales of residential and commercial land.

Eddie Biggs advises clients about and prepares documents for a wide range of commercial transactions, including shareholder agreements, joint ventures, sale and purchase of interests in companies and businesses and, acts for lenders, preparing loan documentation and dealing with loan defaults.

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John Cope

BA Hons. Dip Law – Senior Family Lawyer – Accredited Mediator

John Cope completed his legal studies at the Inns of Court School of Law in London following a Diploma at the College of Law in York (UK).

Prior to completing his studies John qualified as an architect at Leeds Metropolitan University with an Honours Degree.

Since completing his legal studies John has practiced at the Bar in London and specialised in Criminal Law and Personal Injury Law before moving into Family Law.

John Cope moved to Perth in 2003 and has since then practiced exclusively in the area of Family Law. He has worked in all areas of Family Law including the Children’s Court, Family Court and State Administrative Tribunal.
John Cope is a qualified Independent Children’s Lawyer and has also undertaken the LEADR course for mediators.
John Cope is a member of the WA Family Law Practitioners Association.

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Michelle Lai

(Llb, Ba (Arts))

Michelle has completed a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Law & Society and Business Law at the University of Western Australia before commencing and completing her Bachelor of Laws at Murdoch University.

She has a strong interest in the Commercial field, having completed a Graduate Diploma in International Commercial Law at the University of Western Australia. In her spare time, she enjoys tasting new foods and travelling. She is conversant in Mandarin and Cantonese.

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