Native Title , Mining , Constitutional Law , Administrative Law
Raelene is an barrister at the independent bar in Australia. She was admitted in 1992 and practiced as Crown Counsel for the Northern Territory until she joined the independent Bar in 1999. In 2004 Raelene was appointed as Queens Counsel and in 2013 she was appointed President of the National Native Title Tribunal for a five year term after a distinguished career as a barrister. In 2018 she returned to private practice at Murray Chambers in Western Australia. Raelene is recognised as one of the leading native title silks in Australia and has appeared as lead counsel in many native title and Aboriginal land matters and advised upon, and appeared in the High Court, in most land-mark cases on the judicial interpretation and development of native title law since the decision of Mabo v Queensland (No 2) in 1992. Raelene is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Law and was awarded the Law Council of Australia Presidents’ Medal in 2014, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the legal profession in Australia.
Raelene specialises in appellate advocacy, native title, mining law, administrative and constitutional law and has an extensive advisory practice.