Lim Eu Ming
Thomson Geer Law Firm Property and Development Partner
When you think “commercial property lawyer”, someone in a suit, clean cut hair and sleek court shoes would play the stereotypical part. But Lim Eu Ming is not that stereotype, well, aside from the suit, he dons a grungy rock star look and long wavy locks.
Originally from Malaysia, Melbourne has been home to Lim for over 20 years together with his vast experience in practicing property and development law in this thriving city.
His primary focus is commercial property, with particular expertise and experience in a variety of property and property related matters. He is now a partner of Thomson Geer, a distinguished law firm specialising in areas of banking and finance, corporate advisory, constructions and projects, intellectual property and more. But in all honesty, it’s not Lim’s professional career that makes him impressionable, it’s his down to earth philosophy to life.
“I’m just a regular guy – I don’t come from a rich family where my father handed me the business so I just had to be resilient and persistent. I have two boys and one of them is autistic, so that challenges what we can do as a family and what I can do as a father. Migrating to Melbourne to study was challenging, but when I returned to Malaysia and decided to come back here in the early 90’s, that’s when it was pretty difficult,” he said.
Originally from Penang, Lim grew up in Kuala Lumpur (KL). His choice to study in Australia in 1980 was one made by his parents due to the “lower” education fees in comparison to the UK, Lim’s first preference.
“Coming to Melbourne at that time was really alien to me as it was predominantly an Anglo society and I just thought the city was like the South Pole, until I got here. It was good because I studied law here for five years and it gave me a chance to assimilate well with the Australian culture.”
In 1985, he decided to move back to KL but after four years, returned to Melbourne for personal reasons. When his family moved here, he started his career by working in boutique law firms.
After almost three decades, he has assisted in over $800 million of commercial and development site acquisitions in Melbourne from 2012 to 2014 financial years. He also advised and assisted at all relevant levels of property development in Melbourne (especially 7 to 9 multi-storey development projects in the Melbourne CBD) from 2012 to 2014 financial years.
For Lim, it’s really his core values that kept him going and has him in check with reality.
“When we moved to Melbourne, it wasn’t a great time because of my son’s autism and Australia was slowly slipping into a recession. But because we struggled a bit, it helps us to appreciate what we have now and that hard work and sacrifice do pay off in the end,” he said.
当你对“商业房地产律师”还停留在西装笔挺、整齐短发和发亮鞋履既定外观印象时，Lim Eu Ming 将打破这一切刻板感觉：就外形而论，他完全是一名摇滚明星，一头桀骜不羁的波浪长发。