Managing Principal Solicitor
LLB (Hons), BA

Current practice

Mary advises government departments and agencies on a broad range of commercial native title and cultural heritage issues.


Experience

Mary is experienced at leading teams of solicitors advising on all aspects of commercial and infrastructure projects.  This includes working with clients to develop business cases, advising on procurement policies, regulatory compliance, contract drafting and negotiation, contract management and dispute resolution.
 
Mary has strong mediation skills and is experienced at complex dispute resolution.
 
Mary is a leading practitioner in the areas of native title, traditional owner settlements and Aboriginal cultural heritage.  Since joining VGSO in 2001, Mary has advised the State of Victoria in all of the Federal Court negotiations with native title holders and traditional owners.  Mary is frequently called upon to advise on native title and Aboriginal cultural heritage protection issues relevant to public infrastructure projects, natural resource management and mining projects.  More recently, Mary has advised on compliance issues arising under the Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010 (Vic) and working with the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council to implement governance changes following the 2016 amendments to the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006.
 
Mary has considerable leadership skills and plays a key role in mentoring and training our junior lawyers.
 
Mary received the LIV Government Lawyer of the Year award in 2008.