Deanna is a special counsel in our Planning & Environment group specialising in the area of Indigenous law and local government. For over 20 years she has worked in the native title jurisdiction in both Western Australia and Queensland. In addition to practising as a lawyer, Deanna has experience as a manager with the National Native Title Tribunal, as a native title advisor to the Government of Western Australia and as the native title group representative for Queensland local governments, through the Local Government Association of Queensland.
Over the last 10 years, Deanna has represented both applicants and a variety of respondent parties involved in Federal Court native title proceedings. In addition she has provided advice and assistance to a range of corporations, local government and developers with tenure dealings, the negotiation of Indigenous Land Use Agreements and Aboriginal cultural heritage compliance.
Deanna has represented Australian local government at a high level at both State and Commonwealth native title policy meetings including the Commonwealth Native Title Consultative Forum. She was also appointed in 2009 to a native title Federal Court committee which still meets regularly to discuss case management and formulating recommendations to the Court.
Deanna has provided training on native title and cultural heritage to Queensland local governments (and developed an accompanying work procedures manual) as well as for claimant groups and stakeholder groups in Western Australia.
Earlier in her legal career Deanna worked in private practice specialising in family law and she was at the forefront of introducing alternative dispute resolution into legal practice and managed the State-wide dispute resolution model developed for Legal Aid Office (Queensland) and worked closely with Bond University in dispute resolution training.
With over 20 years’ of legal experience she has provided advice on and represented clients in a broad range of Indigenous law and local government including:
01 June 2021 - Knowledge
Two Queensland leaseholders have successfully obtained a Federal Court order that native title does not exist over their properties, paving the way for a freehold conversion.
15 December 2020 - Knowledge
#Native Title, #Government
A recent Federal Court native title decision has rejected a challenge to the State’s decision not to recognise native title based on a breach of model litigant principles.
16 Feb 21 to 07 Dec 21
Holding Redlich is pleased to invite you to our webinar series designed for port and terminal owners and operators. These webinars will provide insights on the current trends and issues that matter to you. Now more than ever ports are vital nodes in an increasingly complex web of trade routes that span the globe. COVID 19 is forcing most of us to reconsider how we do things, and ports are no exceptions. This series will look at how Australian ports might navigate the challenges and opportunities posed by 2020, and how 2021 might be their most interesting year ever.
20 Apr 21 to 23 Nov 21
Holding Redlich is pleased to invite you to our 2021 Queensland Government webinar series which we have tailored specifically for lawyers working within Queensland Government departments, statutory bodies and authorities and government-owned corporations in Queensland. These monthly seminars will offer you insights, updates and practical tips from our experts on topics which we consider to be particularly relevant for lawyers acting in the Queensland public sector this year.
03 Aug 21
In this Compulsory acquisition for local government webinar, Planning & Environment Senior Associates, Tess Kerridge, and Rachel Foo, will discuss the compulsory acquisition process, including pre-acquisition procedures, alternative acquisition of land by agreement, the assessment of compensation, practical tips for running compulsory acquisitions and recent key Supreme Court decisions.