Who we are
Dominic Beckett Legal & Consulting are experienced and skilled legal and policy professionals with particular expertise and experience in Indigenous land and resources law, community development projects and organisational governance.
After more than two decades working in the public, private and community sectors, Dominic established DBLC believing his client base would be better served by a more agile and flexible alternative to traditional firms.
DBLC provides legal and consulting services to non-government organisations, Aboriginal land councils and service providers, communities, corporations, government agencies and independent regulators.
Please contact us to discuss how we may be able to help.
We work hard to provide a very high standard of services and take pride in the solutions and results we help our clients achieve.
We are valued by our clients for our:
ability to grasp and understand their needs and objectives
thorough understanding of the social, policy and economic context of our work
sound and innovative legal and policy advice
ability to communicate clearly and effectively with a broad range of people
clear and concise documentation
effective dispute resolution and litigation skills
commitment to our clients’ interests, and
common sense and practical approach.
Our clients benefit from the hands on involvement of a highly experienced professional. Unlike most firms, we do not devolve important work to more junior staff.
Our clients also benefit from the network of other trusted professionals and experts we maintain and are able to draw on to expand our capability. This includes an alliance with respected environment and planning law firm Bick & Steele.
We frequently work, and enjoy working, in collaborative teams with others. Many of our clients have their own in-house advisers. We work seamlessly with them to enhance existing capabilities. We also often work collaboratively within project-based teams of external consultants.
We understand that our clients need our services to be cost effective. The depth and breadth of our experience, our practical and common-sense approach, our structure and our efficient systems enable us to meet this need.
Dominic has more than two decades of professional experience in the public, private and community sectors working as an advisor, advocate, negotiator, law reform and policy consultant and mediator.
Clients and past employers include Commonwealth government agencies, statutory Aboriginal Land Councils and native title representative bodies (including the Northern Land Council, New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council and various Local Aboriginal Land Councils), the Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission, the North Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service, private law firms, numerous non-government agencies and corporations, and native title claimant groups and Aboriginal communities. He has worked in every mainland Australian State and the Northern Territory.
He has experience in a broad range of legal and policy areas including Aboriginal land rights and native title, administrative law, criminal law, commercial litigation, tax, customs, corporate structuring, community development, housing and environment and planning. Significant projects and proceedings in which Dominic has played a major role include:
administrative law proceedings and appeals – including proceedings and appeals on behalf of Commonwealth government agencies and proceedings concerning aspects of the Northern Territory’s criminal justice system,
native title claimant applications – including the Waanyi People’s claim in the lower Gulf of Carpentaria region of Queensland,
statutory Aboriginal land claims and appeals – including proceedings in New South Wales, Queensland and the Northern Territory,
law reform projects – including extensive involvement in the development of aspects of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 (NSW),
mining project negotiations – including uranium mining projects in the Alligator Rivers Region of the Northern Territory,
advising Aboriginal land councils, representative bodies and other statutory and not-for-profit organisations about a broad range issues – including performance of statutory functions, strategic planning, policy development and organisational structuring, and
land access, use and management negotiations – including negotiations in relation to national park joint management and pastoral land access and use.
Dominic holds an LLB (Hons) and BA from the University of Sydney. He is admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia and as a legal practitioner of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory.
Dominic is a member of the Australian Institute of Administrative Law and is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia.
He is also a nationally accredited mediator and has experience mediating a broad range of commercial, community and family disputes. He is a panel member on the Federal Court's Native Title External Mediator List.
Anna has almost 15 years’ experience in the not-for-profit and government sectors. She is passionate about providing legal and policy advice that is clear and practical and supports the work of community organisations.
Prior to joining DBLC, Anna worked for almost a decade at the NSW Aboriginal Land Council, including 5 years as its Principal Legal Officer. Prior to that she had worked in the native title unit of the Commonwealth Attorney General's Department, and as a policy officer for the Chief Magistrate in the NSW Department of Justice.
Anna has particular experience and expertise in:
Aboriginal land rights, native title and Aboriginal cultural heritage protection,
law reform and policy projects,
good governance for statutory bodies and the not-for-profit sector.
Anna holds a LLB (Hons) and BA Comms (Soc Inq) from the University of Technology, Sydney and a LLM from the University of Sydney.
In 2018, Anna completed the Observership not-for-profit leadership and governance training program, which included training through the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a year observing the board of a high profile non-government service delivering organisation.
Anna is also a director of the Western Sydney Community Legal Centre.