The barristers of Level Twenty Seven Chambers have been involved in many of the major native title cases since the seminal Wik decision in 1996 (in which two members of Chambers appeared). Our barristers are able to combine their extensive knowledge of native title and cultural heritage law with their commercial expertise and practical focus across a broad range of disciplines, including oil and gas, building & infrastructure projects, commercial equity and residential property and corporate governance. This gives our members a unique understanding of:
- the requirements and commercial drivers of clients operating in, or interacting with, this area of law;
- the impact that native title, cultural heritage and Aboriginal land rights have on projects, landholders and Indigenous communities;
- the mechanisms available for the resolution of culturally sensitive issues (by both mediation and, where necessary, litigation);
- Indigenous custom and the tension between custom and legal rights.
Barristers practising native title and heritage law have undertaken cultural awareness training from the Indigenous Lawyers Association of Queensland for a better appreciation of how to engage and collaborate with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People who are party to legal proceedings.