Hikari is a solicitor as well as a trained mediator, whose focus is on finding ways to achieve her clients’ objectives quickly and securing their best possible outcomes. Hikari advises and represents a diverse array of domestic and international clients, ranging from individuals to multinational corporations, in both English and Japanese. 

Hikari Kato, Solicitor 

Tomoko has acted for numerous public and private Japanese companies. Primary area of expertise is Family law and she has regularly advised not only individual clients, but also at Japanese government level.

Tomoko is a licensed Migration Agent (# 0959146) and NAATI accredited English-Japanese translator at professional level. She writes monthly articles covering a wide range of relevant legal issues for Nichigo Press newspaper since 1998.

Kaori Chiba, Solicitor

Kaori is admitted to practice in Victoria. Kaori enjoys providing clients with practical, clear legal services that draw on her personal and professional experience of living and working in Japan, Singapore and Melbourne.

Kaori graduated law at the University of Melbourne (Juris Doctor, 2003). More recently, Kaori completed a graduate certificate in Migration Law and Practice at the Australian National University (2017).

Kaori is an active member of the Australia-Japan Society of Victoria, and former vice president of the parents association at the Melbourne International School of Japanese.


  • Juris Doctor, University of Technology, Sydney
  • Master of Real Estate, The University of New South Wales
  • Bachelor of Arts, The University of Sydney
  • A NMAS (National Mediation Accreditation System) licence holder

Tomoko Yamamoto is the founder and Principal of Yamamoto Attorneys. Tomoko was born and educated in Japan prior to transferring from Kitakyushu University to New South Wales University to study Law and Economics. She was admitted to practice law in Australia in 1998 and is widely recognized in the joint Japanese – Australian business community.

Our Legal Team

Our associates are able to assist in other languages and jurisdictions: 






​Tomoko Yamamoto, Principal

Tomoko Yamamoto,  Principal Solicitor