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Nareeta Davis


Pro Bono Lawyer & First Nations Advisor - Cairns

Areas of Expertise

Pro Bono, Native Title & Indigenous Cultural Heritage


Nareeta is a lawyer based in our Cairns office. She is the firm’s dedicated First Nations Advisor and also works as a lawyer in the pro-bono division. Nareeta’s experience consists of over 25 years in the business restructuring sector of insolvency. 

In her role as the firm’s First Nations Advisor, Nareeta engages in regular consultations with Traditional Owners throughout Australia – a bridge between the corporate arena and the Traditional Owners law and practices. Nareeta also provides advice to Holding Redlich in relation to its engagement with First Nations peoples and communities.

In her role as a pro bono lawyer, Nareeta assists with the coordination of the firm’s national pro bono practice and also undertakes pro bono case work. This includes her work as the team leader of the firm’s Seniors Rights Service telephone advice clinic and also the provision of legal advice and assistance to refugees and asylum seekers through the firms pro bono clinics operated with Refugee Legal.

Nareeta identifies as a descendant of the Purga Mission, Ipswich Queensland (Yagara People) with cultural connections to the Kullili Thargomindah people, and maternal non-indigenous Australian heritage. Nareeta is an Indigenous name that means ‘Waterlilly’, named by the late Oodgeroo Noonuccal, Poet and Activist; a descendant of the Noonuccal people of Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island). Most recently, Nareeta was honoured to be accepted and traditionally initiated into the Gimuy Walubara Yidinji tribe in Cairns.

Through her lived experiences Nareeta has a deep rooted passion to help people from low socio-economic communities and vulnerable individuals. She is very passionate in her legal career to focus solely on assisting people who normally would not be able to afford legal representation. Nareeta has intricate foresight and connections to various indigenous people and communities’ that are sought after in the corporate sector – the constant balance between Western society and the First Nations communities.


With over 25 years’ of working in the corporate sector while also maintaining her connections with various Indigenous people and communities; Nareeta has achieved the following through both her insolvency work and her work as a pro bono lawyer:

  • extensive experience working with Indigenous communities, organisations and businesses promoting mutually respectful and genuine two-way relationships of shared significance, including in remote areas of the Torres Strait, Northern Territory and Western Australia
  • regular assisting offices throughout Australia for specialised engagement to work with Indigenous Communities
  • assisting with a leasehold interest over a property of acute cultural significance to the Traditional Owners as the direct liaison between the Traditional Owners and the corporate entity involved.

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