Castledine Gregory Law and Mediation

The Team


Graham Castledine

Principal areas of practice

  • Native title and Aboriginal heritage
  • Planning, local government and environmental law
  • Administrative law and regulatory issues
  • Negotiation and mediation

Overview of professional experience
Graham Castledine was admitted as a practitioner of the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 1987. Since then, he has advised and represented clients in a variety of areas including commercial disputes, administrative law, local government and town planning, environmental dispute, native title and Aboriginal heritage issues. His experience includes appearing for clients in the High Court, Federal Court, Supreme Court of WA, the Native Title Tribunal, Administrative Appeals Tribunal and State Administrative Tribunal.

Graham has represented parties in a variety of mediations, and has conducted numerous successful mediations since becoming a LEADR-accredited mediator in 2005. He is a member of the Resolution Institute and the ADR committee of the Law Society, and has experience as a co presenter of the UWA Law School short intensive course on negotiation and mediation. Graham is also accredited under the newly established National Mediator Accreditation System.

Mark Gregory

Principal areas of practice

  • Native title and Aboriginal heritage
  • Public law, government and local government law
  • Resources law including mining tenements
  • Planning law, land compensation, building, environment and project development law

Overview of professional experience
Mark has more than 20 years’ experience in various aspects of public law, native title and resources law. During the 1990s, Mark spent four years working with the Aboriginal Legal Service of WA working on Western Australia’s first litigated native title claim and advising his clients on Aboriginal heritage and negotiating mining agreements.

In 1998 Mark joined a national law firm, later becoming a partner and heading the Perth native title and local government practices. His practice is focused on the land access needs of his clients, including advising clients on complex government approvals processes; assisting clients to obtain necessary land tenure and mining tenements; and dealing with compulsory acquisition matters. Mark’s skills are in helping his clients optimise the value of their property assets through the complex web of planning, native title, Mining Act and other legal regimes which govern access to land and the use and development of property.

Where his preferred approach of negotiation and mediation proves unsuccessful, Mark also litigates in the State Administrative Tribunal, National Native Title Tribunal, Federal Court, Supreme Court and other courts and tribunals.

Mark holds a combined degree in Arts and Law from the University of Tasmania (1991)

Andrew Roberts
Special Counsel

Principal areas of practice

  • Planning, building, environment and heritage
  • Local government law
  • Public Law
  • Compulsory land acquisition and compensation

Overview of professional experience

Andrew has specialised in his principal areas of practice for 30 years. In that time he has worked with 3 national law firms (Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Clayton Utz and Minter Ellison). Immediately prior to joining Castledine Gregory, Andrew was a partner for 14 years at McLeods, a well known specialist local government law firm, where he served 2 terms as its managing partner.

Throughout his legal career, Andrew has advised and represented many metropolitan and regional local governments as well as other statutory authorities. In addition, he has acted for landowners and developers in navigating the often complex regulatory system controlling land development in Western Australia.

A particular focus of Andrew’s practice has been representing clients in review proceedings in the State Administrative Tribunal. He has appeared in nearly 60 decided cases and represented clients in many more cases where matters have been successfully resolved through mediation and other settlement processes.  Andrew has also acted for clients in other courts including the Supreme Court of Western Australia, the District Court and the Magistrates Court.

Given his extensive experience, Andrew is able to provide clients with realistic advice and guidance and respond efficiently to their need for assistance.

Merinda Logie
Consultant Lawyer

Principal areas of practice

  • Native Title and Aboriginal Heritage
  • Environment, planning, property and resources
  • Local Government and regulatory law
  • Water and Mining
  • Commercial and Corporate

Overview of professional experience

Merinda has nineteen years of legal practice in national and boutique firms within Victoria and Western Australia, providing advice and representation to clients in areas of planning, environment, government and native title.  She has also worked as legal counsel in the WA Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, advising the Environmental Protection Authority. Her particular strengths lie in the regulatory and policy frameworks for land access assessments and approvals.  Merinda has experience in resources, property, and land compensation law.  Merinda has also spent time undertaking a range of general and commercial law work for regional law firms and local governments, and has a solid understanding of due diligence and risk management.

Elyse Loughton

Principal areas of practice

  • Public law and administrative law
  • Planning law
  • Native title Law
  • Dispute resolution

Overview of professional experience

Elyse was admitted to practice in 2015 and has experience in providing advice and representation to clients in the areas of public and administrative law, civil law and migration law. Prior to joining Castledine Gregory, Elyse worked for the Office of the Information Commissioner where she gained extensive experience in Freedom of Information law. Elyse has experience in planning and land compensation claims, drafting and negotiating native title heritage agreements and assisting with representing local governments in the Supreme Court of WA, the National Native Title Tribunal and the State Administrative Tribunal.

Elyse has also completed nationally accredited mediator training and is completing her Master of Laws at the University of Melbourne specialising in public and international law.

Kate Castledine
Office Manager and Facilitator

Overview of professional experience
Kate initially trained for and worked as a registered nurse at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children. She then worked for 5 years as a presenter in schools for the AWCH WA Hospital Familiarisation Program and then spent 5 years as the office co-ordinator for the program. She has since continued as a committee member of AWCHWA and National Board member for AWCH. Kate also worked briefly as the office manager for CASE for Refugees (Community Legal Centre).

Since 2006 Kate has been the Office Manager at Castledine Legal & Mediation Services, and at Castledine Gregory. She has completed the LEADR mediation training course and has worked as a facilitator in the Catholic Church’s Towards Healing program. Apart from her Diploma in Nursing she has a Bachelor of Arts and has completed a TAFE course in community services.

Karen Stead

Overview of professional experience
Karen graduated with a Degree in Environmental and Geographical Science, and has 20 years administrative and business development experience gained from a variety of industries both within Australia and overseas.  She is a qualified life and business coach.