Clara Klemski

Senior Solicitor


Clara has expertise in environmental law and policy as well as a background in the arts and intellectual property law. She has worked with a broad range of clients across government, commercial business and organisations on diverse matters including advice on Aboriginal cultural heritage and Aboriginal land claims.

Clara holds an unrestricted practising certificate and is a member of the Law Society of NSW in addition to holding a Master of Administrative Law and Policy from the University of Sydney, and qualifications with first class honours in Environmental Management from Macquarie University and a Graduate Certificate in Arts and Cultural Management from Deakin University.

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


Recent experience includes:

  • advising clients on copyright, trade mark registration, Indigenous Cultural Intellectual Property (ICIP) and moral rights;

  • litigation in the Land and Environment Court in planning and environment law;

  • presenting on Aboriginal cultural heritage and Aboriginal land claims to State and local government;

  • research and review of the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 reforms and incorporation of Indigenous knowledge;

  • drafting and negotiating major project agreements, contract review and advice on complex commercial transactions relating to mining and environmental processes;

  • assisted an Aboriginal community with mediation relating to land rights and genealogy; and

  • provided advice to government on Crown land, Aboriginal land claims and native title.

Clara has worked for the Arts Law Centre of Australia (travelling to remote Aboriginal communities to advise on wills and copyright issues), the Australia Council for the Arts and in large private legal firms.


Clara served on the Indigenous Issues Committee of the Law Society of NSW and is currently a member of the Environment and Planning Law Association of NSW and the Australian Institute of Administrative Law.

Clara has produced work as a playwright with the Sydney Fringe Festival and interned with Playwriting Australia. She was artist-in-residence with Shopfront Contemporary Arts Centre and has contributed to the Sydney Arts Management Advisory Group (SAMAG) as a Committee Member. Clara currently serves as a Board Member for Brand X, which makes space for artists. Clara enjoys spending time with her family and young daughter exploring parks and playgrounds. She regularly attends ballet and theatre shows, and practices yoga, dance and pilates.

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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

email: tjc@terrijanke.com.au

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