Parish Patience Immigration Lawyers

It is with deep regret that we report the passing of David Bitel after a long illness. He will be greatly missed by the Directors and Staff of Parish Patience.

His knowledge and wisdom have guided the firm for many years and he is regarded as a pioneer of immigration law. He has been respected and praised by his enormous clientele who came to rely on his judgement.

Michael Jones, Accredited Specialist Immigration Lawyer, has worked with David for many years and will now assume the role of Legal Practice Manager.

David devoted his final months to ensuring that there would be a smooth transition of his business to a company structure and that the interests of the firm's clients would be protected and that their ongoing work would be unaffected in any way.

Every one of the ongoing team, who have benefited directly from David's knowledge and committment over many years, will continue to offer the same service for which Parish Patience has become renowned.

We look forward to continuing to work for you. Please contact us if you have any concerns.

This is to inform everyone that there has been ONLY ONE entity which has been led and managed by David Bitel trading under the name Parish Patience. Members of the public are requested to be vigilant, and if in doubt please refer to our website or contact us directly. All our contact details remain the same, Phone: +61 2 9286 8700, Address: Level 1, 338 Pitt Street Sydney NSW 2000, Website:

PARISH PATIENCE IMMIGRATION has become an incorporated law firm and now operates as a company.

David Bitel had been working toward to incorporating his firm for a number of years. The new company is Parish Patience Bitel Pty Ltd., trading as Parish Patience Immigration Lawyers.

We will continue to offer the same, wide range of immigration advice and service, and there will be no change with regard to ongoing work for clients.

Business will continue as normal from 338 Pitt St. SYDNEY.

Directors of the new company are:

Michael Jones:  Accredited Specialist Immigration Lawyer and Legal  Practice Manager

Blair Commin:                           Finance Director, Office Manager
Adrian Bitel:                             Administrative Director
Motasim Billah:                        Director and Case Manager
Golam Mostafa:                        Director and Case Manager
Mahalingam Sutharshan:      Director, Registered Migration Agent
Thong Nguyen:                         Director, Registered Migration Agent

We will be contacting all clients to advice them of this change which we believe will be of benefit to all clients.

Employer Sponsored Visa


Skilled Migration
Student Visas


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Other Family and Child


Non Immigration
Law Matters

Welcome to Parish Patience Immigration, lawyers

Walter Parish established his Law Practice in Sydney in 1888. He was joined a few years later by John Patience and the firm became Parish Patience. The firm has been continuously in the forefront of legal practice ever since, with the names of the two original partners being kept long after they had both died.

David Bitel joined the firm in 1976, originally working in Family Law under Ross Barwick. He soon switched to Immigration Law where he found his major interest. He became an acknowledged expert in the field and by the time of his recent death he had been accredited by the Law Society of NSW as a Specialist in Australian Immigration Law since accreditation over 20 years ago.

The firm has now been incorporated under the name Parish Patience Bitel. The legal Practice Manager is Michael Jones, who is also an Accredited Specialist in Australian Immigration Law. Michael work with David in Parish Patience from 1989 until 2000, then returned as a consultant and Senior Counsel in 2013. In that position he and David successfully ran two landmark Court cases that overturned the interpretation of the law by the Department of Immigration and Migration Review Tribunal in dozens of decisions.

In 2015 Diana Tong, a registered migration agent who had been an employee and salaried partner with Parish Patience and Howard Murdoch, who had qualified as a Lawyer while employed by the firm, set up their own practice under the Parish Patience Immigration Services.

The firm of Parish Patience Bitel carries on a continuous heritage of nearly 130 years of legal tradition, including 40 years that David Bitel dedicated to that tradition. We have no ongoing relationship with the firm set up recently by Ms Tong and Mr Murdoch.