Dominic Cookman is a member of Snedden Hall & Gallop’s migration team, advising and assisting clients in many areas relating to the Department of Immigration’s visa application processes. Dominic can take your call as a new visa applicant and guide you through the eligibility issues for various visas. He can assist you in collecting evidence in support of your visa application, and is a member of the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA).

Dominic is also a part of our Superannuation litigation and Wills, Estates & Elder Law teams. He conducts claims on behalf of government employees who were incorrectly advised about their superannuation entitlements.

He joined Snedden Hall & Gallop in January 2014 and is an efficient, personable and enthusiastic lawyer who was appointed as Senior Associate in December 2020.

Prior to entering private practice, Dominic enjoyed a successful career in the Australian Public Service. At various times he worked as a lawyer, policy officer and economist in agencies including ComSuper, the Attorney-General’s Department, the Department of Regional Australia and the Department of Finance.

Dominic graduated from the Australian National University with a Bachelor of Economics, Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws. He now tutors in Administrative Law at the ANU Faculty of Law. Dominic is available to give advice to individuals and organisations in relation to administrative and government legal issues as part of our Government Advisory team.

He currently sits on the board of the ACT Disability, Aged & Carer Advocacy Service. Dominic is a member of the ACT Law Society Inclusion & Diversity Committee, and is excited about the opportunity to contribute to the process of law reform in this area.

Areas of Expertise

  • Migration advice
  • Visa & citizenship applications
  • Superannuation claims representation
  • Administrative & government law

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I would like to thank you Richard for all your efforts in reaching the settlement amount, we are very happy with the outcome. As you know I was very reserved about whether to pursue the claim but you and your team made it a very stress free process.

I would also like to thank Dominic for his time and professionalism. I have nothing but praise for your organisation, and have and will continue to recommend your services.

Anonymous (Superannuation – June 2021)

16 June 2021

I had a very complex permanent residency application and after researching for hours, I felt completely stumped.

I asked around some colleagues and was referred to Gerald Santucci at SHG. I made contact with him and from the outset, he put me at ease, was very receptive and happy to assist. I sent through all the paperwork and he made an initial recommendation and gave advice on which avenues we could take.

Although the outcome was very uncertain due to the very rare situation, the team took the case and Dominic Cookman was my point of contact. Dominic was a delight to deal with, very patient and responsive. He put together the full submission and walked me through the process. He was upfront about what would happen next and kept in regular contact.

Ultimately, he made the good news call that permanent residency had been granted and it was like a huge weight was lifted in an instant.

I could not have been happier with the advice, service and outcome and I have no hesitation in recommending Gerald, Dominic and the team at SHG as Canberra’s immigration specialists.

Alex Ah Key (Migration)

22 May 2018

Dominic, thank you so much and I personally want to thank you for your assistance. You were an absolutely pleasure to work with throughout the entire process.

Sigourney (Migration)

17 October 2018

Dear Richard, Thank you for your assistance in this claim. Your help along with SHG and its staff, has been professional, timely and helpful with anything I have asked about over the years this claim has been going. A special thank you also to Dominic Cookman, more recently, for his input, understanding and professionalism.

DN (Commonwealth Superannuation)

1 May 2020