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Eleanor is a partner, specialising in government advisory and public administrative law. Eleanor has assisted State government, local government, statutory authorities, government owned corporations and commercial and corporate clients including not for profit organisations and associations.

Eleanor is renowned for giving sound practical advice and having a good understanding of the legislative frame work in which governmental agencies operate. She provides strategic advice to clients to ensure commercially sound outcomes which are compliant with all applicable legislation. This includes presentations and training on legal compliance with respect to executive powers, conflicts of interest, probity, privacy legislation, risk and legal compliance. 

Eleanor is a regular presenter at government focused conferences including for local governments, Local Government Managers Association of Queensland, Australian Institute of Company Directors, Cape York Mayors Alliance and Indigenous local government forums.

Travelling regularly to clients located in rural and remote regions throughout Queensland, Eleanor is often in the Gulf, Cape York, Torres Strait, Western Queensland, as well as the larger regional cities along the east coast of Queensland. 


Eleanor provides high level legal advice to federal, state and local governments, statutory authorities, government owned corporations, Indigenous corporations and health service providers on obligations and responsibilities, particularly within the public sector framework. 

Eleanor’s experience includes the following:

Government advisory, public administration, property, native title and cultural heritage and commercial agreements

  • procurement, probity and contracting with a specific focus on risk and compliance for government agencies
  • conducting workplace investigations including Councillor complaints and compliance with the local government and public sector ethics principles
  • advising governments and government organisations on all aspects of real property including trustees of trust land
  • advising governments and government organisations on emissions reduction fund, carbon abatement contracts with the Clean Energy Regulator and carbon farming initiatives, renewable energy and climate change particularly for indigenous local governments and corporations in Cape York
  • advising governments and government organisations on all aspects of native title, drafting and negotiating Indigenous Land Use Agreements and Cultural Heritage Management Plans 
  • advising corporate clients including ASIC corporations, CATSI corporations and incorporated associations on company structures, directors duties, joint ventures, constitutions, contracts and charitable/not for profit status
  • drafting all manner of legal documentation such as tender invitations, services agreements,  funding agreements, contracts, declarations, constitutions, local laws, property transactions, management and operational agreements, policies and procedures
  • drafting contracts with respect to provision of goods and services, all property related transaction including dealings with State land, commercial businesses, mining assets, intellectual property
  • pro bono advisory for many not for profit associations including cultural, community and sporting organisations.

Energy and resources

  • advising and preparing contracts for an electricity service provider on agreements for installation of electrical infrastructure such as substations, padmount transformers, solar farms and renewable energy  pods, electric charging stations in regional Queensland
  • advising land holders and mining tenement holders with respect to land access including conduct and compensation agreements, native title, cultural heritage, indigenous land use agreements, independent tenement reports
  • advising local government with respect to local authority infrastructure and roads affected by mining activity including drafting and negotiating notifiable road use agreements to protect local government assets and facilities
  • advising mining tenement holders with respect to strategic environmental areas, environmentally relevant activities, quarries and other extractive industries
  • drafting joint venture, services, farm-in, land access, notifiable road use  and compensation agreements
  • acting in Land Court proceedings dealing with compensation, land access and environmental rehabilitation issues
  • obtaining governmental approvals for various activities on State land including the grant, renewal, assignment of mining leases, exploration permits and environmental authorities.


14 October 2020 - Knowledge

New regulation streamlines sale of land by Queensland local government

#Local Government

The Queensland Government has passed a new regulation to simplify the sale of land through auction or negotiation by local governments for overdue rates. We outline what the new provisions are.