Charisma Cubillo


Areas of Practice

Charisma is a Larrakia woman, born in Sydney with family in the Northern Territory. She has expertise in intellectual property, commercial law and public speaking. Some of her recent matters include copyright and trade mark assignment, drafting licensing agreements (advice, registration), drafting non-disclosure agreements, drafting Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPs) and Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP) guidelines and checklists.

"Charisma helped us draft an IP clause for our consultancy service agreement. It was great, really user friendly for the team" 

- Natalie Cromb (IndigenousX)

Photo by Jamie James
Artwork: Bibi Barba, 'Terri - Butterfly Flowers Dreaming' (2020)


Charisma was admitted as a lawyer by the NSW Legal Profession Admission Board in January 2020. She graduated from the University of NSW in 2019 with degrees in Law and Arts (Politics & Indigenous Studies). She has exceptional organisational and people skills, developed during her years working in the hospitality industry. 


Recent Projects

  • Prepared and presented ‘IP Food for Thought: Intellectual Property and Protecting Indigenous Bushfoods’ at Bushfoods Merinj Kaatdijin Conference in Albany WA;

  • Presenter for Terri Janke and Company workshops including Looking Out for Culture in Mt Isa and Townsville; 

  • Drafted a 'Reflect' Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) for a large construction company; 

  • Drafted a suite of template agreements between a business and communities; 

  • Reviewed a Service Deed and advised a commercial client on risks and strategy; 

  • Drafted a checklist and procedure for use during community consultation; 

  • Drafted an Intellectual Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP) guideline and checklist;  

  • Attended the 2018 World Indigenous Law Conference 'Waawiiatanong Ziibi: Where the River Bends', in Windsor, Canada (her travel sponsored by the NSW Bar Association Indigenous Barristers’ Trust).


Charisma is passionate about the need for global legal systems to address the recognition and protection of Indigenous cultural expressions, knowledge and products. She is a gym enthusiast, plays Oztag in the South East Senior Competition and participates in Tough Mudder and True Grit. On the weekend she enjoys going on long bush walking adventures and to art exhibitions.

© 2021 Terri Janke and Company



All professional photography by Jamie James at James Photographic Services.

The painting 'Terri - Butterfly Flowers Dreaming' by Bibi Barba has been used under license in the firm photographs, including for staff profiles.

The painting  'Ancient Tracks and Waterholes' (2019) by Rene Kulitja has been used under license in some firm photographs on the TJC website homepage, staff profiles, careers and services pages. Visit Maruku Arts for more work by Rene Kulitja.

The visual artwork ‘Freshwater Lagoon 1’ by Lisa Michl Ko-manggen has been used under license in some photographs and videos. Visit Cape York Art for more work by Ko-manggen.

The painting ‘My Country’ by Bibi Barba has been used under license in some photographs and Law Way videos. Visit Bibi's website.

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phone: +61 2 9693 2577


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