Ashleigh Pain-Geddes


Ashleigh graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) in 2019. Before joining Crown Law in 2023, she worked as a Forensic Analyst for BDO Australia specialising in workplace investigations and corruption risk management.

Ashleigh joined Crown Law as a Graduate Law Clerk in the Native Title Team where she gained experience drafting and reviewing ILUAs, Cultural Heritage Agreements and Plans and s 24JAA reports, as well as assisting on advice matters pertaining to statutory interpretation and future act determination applications. Ashleigh also undertook a rotation in the WorkCover Team in late 2023 before settling in the Native Title and Resources Team.

Ashleigh’s experience includes:

  • drafting and reviewing Indigenous Land Use Agreements (ILUAs), Cultural Heritage Management Agreements (CHA) and Cultural Heritage Management Plans (CHMP)
  • assisting on advice matters including statutory interpretation, future act determination applications, expedited procedure objection applications of mining, resources and the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2003 (Qld) and s 24JAA reports
  • preparing observations to counsel regarding connection and separate questions hearings, assisting with preparations for trial, preparation, and assistance with timetables toward consent determination (Cape York United Claim)
  • aiding on disputes regarding tenure, s 31 agreements and tenement advice
  • drafting advice to WorkCover regarding liability and quantum for pure psychiatric injury common law claims
  • conducting witness interviews, attending to disclosure, summarising relevant material, and preparing for and attending settlement conferences.