Emily Yap (Yin Thin Yap) is a public liability lawyer in the Sydney office of Stacks Goudkamp. She joined Stacks in 2022 and was admitted as a solicitor in November 2023. Emily received the Dean’s medal for her academic achievements during her studies for her Bachelor of Laws.
As a speaker of Mandarin, Cantonese and Hakka dialect, Emily is able to communicate with clients in these languages. She previously worked full-time as an interpreter at Western Sydney Local Health District, and as a contract interpreter at Multicultural NSW.
Emily’s main area of law is personal injury, with a particular focus on public liability. A naturally empathetic person, Emily likes being able to help clients with her legal knowledge.
Emily has found her skills in problem solving, time management and multitasking to be helpful in her legal career to date. She also has strong research and analytical skills.
She believes her work as a court interpreter has contributed to her legal skills and understanding.
While some conversations with personal injury clients can be confronting and emotional, Emily believes that this aspect gives meaning to her role as a personal injury lawyer.
Growing up in another country and speaking multiple languages has given Emily greater understanding of the difficulties ethnic communities can encounter in Australia, and how better to assist people as a lawyer.
As someone who has always wanted to work in law, Emily is grateful to now be working in the legal field.
Emily enjoys bouldering, which she does twice a week to maintain her health and fitness. As a singer and keyboard player in a band, she also likes busking occasionally. Spending time with family and friends and playing all sorts of board games is also a priority.