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  • Emma Salerno

Our team members have acted for many years for State and Local levels of Government throughout Australia as well as for the Department of Defence.

Emma has historically acted on behalf of Local Government Authorities in all aspects of their legal requirements including commercial and property requirements, CCC investigation processes and local government law.

Darren has acted for State Governments and Local Councils in relation to regulatory issues and native title matters.

Our team has also acted for many Government Owned Corporations, such as Ausgrid in relation to development of new projects, Stanwell in relation to the development of a coking plant next to the Stanwell Power Station on Stanwell land and CS Energy in relation to development of the Callide E power station.

We are well aware of the issues that are relevant to Government and Government Owned Corporations and how those issues differ from issues that are relevant to privately owned businesses.


  • providing complex, high-level advice to government agencies

  • Administrative Law and Governance issues

  • Planning and Environmental issues

  • Industrial Relations issues


Advised on the proposed development of the SUDAW Rail Project, including developing rail services supply arrangements, project planning and development and development of the investment structure.

Acted for GOC Ports Corporation of Queensland in various port capacity assignments and reformatting of provision of port capacity.

Acted for a client on all native title aspects for development of infrastructure corridors for a large project. This involved working closely with a native title negotiator who was previously a member of the National Native Title Tribunal, on coordination of negotiation of various agreements with numerous native title groups across a large area, to enable harmonious development of the project. The resultant agreements included an overall trust arrangement to administer and facilitate benefits to all affected native title holders for a long term solution.

Acting for local government in regional areas for a wide array of legal services internal to the business of council.

Acting for the President of a local Council who was subject to a lengthy Crime and Commission Investigation and subsequent inquiry into the conduct of officials and employees employed by the council.

Undertook all native title clearance processes for the Clem 7 Tunnel for the Queensland Government.