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Expertise

From all levels of government to statutory authorities and corporates, Eleanor is renowned for her knowledge of the complex legal environment in which governmental agencies operate. Eleanor’s insight into local, state and federal legal structures delivers commercially sound outcomes which are compliant with all applicable legislation.

Travelling regularly to clients located in rural and remote regions throughout Queensland from the tip of Cape York to the state’s capital in Brisbane, Eleanor’s expertise is also in demand at government focused conferences and training programs on matters such as executive powers, conflicts of interest, probity, privacy legislation, risk and legal compliance.

Eleanor has presented at the Local Government Manager’s Association of Queensland, Australian Institute of Company Directors, Cape York Mayors Alliance and Indigenous local government forums, among other event engagements.

Experience

Eleanor provides high level legal advice to federal, state and local governments, statutory authorities, government owned corporations, private corporations, not for profit corporations, Indigenous corporations and health service providers on obligations and responsibilities, risk and compliance and related matters. 

Eleanor’s experience includes the following:

Government, Corporate & Commercial and Property

  • public and administrative law including legislative interpretation, managing conflicts, processes for accountability and transparency in government decision making, compliance regime for government under applicable legislative frameworks, privacy and public interest disclosure
  • expert advisor for local government including in relation to budgets and financial reporting from a legal perspective, rates and charges, delegations and authorised person powers, local laws and enforcement, commercial and beneficial enterprises, public/private partnerships
  • 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 addressing native title, drafting and negotiating Indigenous Land Use Agreements and Cultural Heritage Management Plans
  • advising clients on corporate structures including beneficial enterprises conducted by government; corporations, not for profit and charitable organisations; dealing with Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commissions, Australian Securities and Investment Commissions and the Australian Tax Office with respect to public benevolent institutions, charitable purposes and endorsement of organisations as deductible gift recipients
  • 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, commercial 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 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.

Publications

16 March 2021 - Knowledge

Queensland Government Bulletin

#Government, #Planning, Environment & Sustainability

The Queensland Government’s recent law banning single-use plastic items could bring commercial returns for the waste industry as the sector now has opportunities to develop innovative ways to use and handle waste.

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.

Upcoming Seminars