Leah is a Palawa woman from Tasmania and the Principal Solicitor and Co-owner of Marrawah Law. Leah’s primary areas of practice are native title, cultural heritage, future acts and commercial law.
Leah is a regular contributor to the National Talk Black radio program presenting on topical legal issues. Leah is also a director of Access Community Housing a not-for-profit social housing provider and a member of the Queensland Law Societies’ Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group.
The passion Leah has for her work is unwavering and has assisted her in achieving six native title consent determinations to date. Leah’s efforts were recognised in 2016 when she was nominated as a finalist in the Cairns Business Women’s Club Awards and in 2008 when she was awarded the Tasmanian Young Achiever of the Year Award in the category of Trade and Career Achievement. Her commitment has also led to her being awarded the Centenary Medal of Australia and the Robert Riley Law Scholarship whilst studying at the University of Tasmania. Her greatest honour was being asked to negotiate and repatriate her ancestors’ remains from the British Museum in London on behalf of the Tasmanian Aboriginal community.
Leah is a member of the North Queensland Law Association,Far North Queensland Law Association and Queensland Law Society.Below is a short extract of some of the matters Leah has worked on:
- Prepared and acted as solicitor on the record for a number of native title determination applications in Queensland.
- Acted for first indigenous homeowner (99-year lease) under Indigenous Home Ownership program in Queensland.
- Negotiated various section 31 Deeds and ancillary agreements through the ‘right to negotiate’ process.
- Negotiated numerous Cultural Heritage Management Plans and Agreements pursuant to the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2003 (Qld).
- Indigenous Land Use Agreement negotiation and implementation in relation to various future acts.
- Djiru People #2 and #3 native title consent determinations 2011 solicitor for the Applicant.
- Wanyurr Majay People native title consent determination 2011 solicitor for the Applicant.
- Jirrbal People #1-#3 native title consent determination 2010 solicitor for the Applicant.
- Supervised solicitors with the successful consent determination of the following matters: Muluridji, Djungan, Combined Gunggandji, Gugu Badhun, Jangga, Juru, Tableland Yidinji and Combined Mandingalbay Yidinji Gunggandji.
- Presentations at a number of National Native Title Conferences and NAIDOC events.
- Successfully prepared an application for National Heritage.