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Who's Who of Melbourne's Indian Community 2017
Sharmini Subramaniam

Sharmini Subramaniam—Aitken Partners

Sharmini Subramaniam was born and brought up in Perth to parents of Sri Lankan ancestry. A trip to visit her brother who was studying in Melbourne eight years ago turned out to be a life-changing decision. Six weeks after that trip, she found herself packing her bags and heading for Melbourne, where she still lives, to start a new job.

“Australia has been good to my family,” says Subramaniam, whose grandparents were born in Sri Lanka and whose parents were born in Malaysia.

For someone who was not fully sold on the idea of becoming a lawyer, Subramaniam has done really well for herself and is now a Principal with Aitken Partners and heads the Family Law Team as well as the South Asian Focus Team. “I like dealing with people. I like the interaction. There are not many areas where you can work so closely with people and help them with such a difficult period in their lives,” she says.

“I had worked in two boutique firms before, but this is my opportunity to create something for myself. It’s a huge move and it is working out well. It is such a great firm.”

Through her involvement with the IEC, Sharmini has been working closely with members of the Indian diaspora building strong relationships and assisting them with more than just family law advice.

“The legal needs of the Indian diaspora are quite diverse, and I think we as a firm are open to understanding some of the cultural issues that have stopped them from getting the right advice in the past. Our South Asian Focus Team may not necessarily do all the work, but we stay involved through it to make sure everything is right.”

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