The Team and Associates 

Our Associates

We have developed longstanding partnerships with a network of legal professionals and service organisations, with whom we collaborate to bring the right expertise to meet your needs.  We are able to assist the clients with diversified cultural backgrounds in languages other than Japanese and English through our associates - such as French, Chinese, Greek, Armenian, and Turkish.  Please contact us if you would like to discuss the wide range of expert legal services that we can offer.

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 is a graduate of the University of Sydney (BA), University of New South Wales (MRE), and completed her Juris Doctor at University of Technology, Sydney.

Hikari is an advocate of Alternate Dispute Resolution and holds a NMAS (National Mediation Accreditation System) licence. 

Hikari Kato, Solicitor 

Kaori Chiba, Solicitor

Tomoko Yamamoto,  Principal 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.

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.

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 articles covering a wide range of relevant legal issues for Nichigo Press newspaper since 1998, and Dengonnet newspaper since 2017. 

Our Legal Team

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​Tomoko Yamamoto, Principal Solicitor