JD (USYD), MA CMC (UMelb), BA(Hons)

Laura Curtis



Laura has expertise in legal and policy drafting, governance issues and legal perspective on the management of arts and culture. Clients she has assisted include; Museums, Galleries, Government agencies and non-government organisations.

Her most recent project was community consultation and drafting a guide for Indigenous language centres in Australia, to assist them in managing the legal and governance challenges of working on Indigenous language projects. First Languages, Law & Governance Guide was delivered in 2019 as part of the International Year of Indigenous Languages. 

Photo by Jamie James
Artwork: Rene Kulitja, 'Ancient Tracks and Waterholes' (2019)

Laura also worked with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), providing an opinion on the Corporations Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2006 (CATSI Act), she co-drafted an article and scripts for a podcast and video.

Laura has public speaking and presentation experience as a co-presenter of TJC True Tracks® workshops.



Laura was admitted as a solicitor in 2019 and holds a Legal Practising Certificate with the Law Society of NSW.  She graduated with a Juris Doctor from University of Sydney in 2017. 


Laura also has an Arts Degree (USYD in 2007) and completed a Masters in Cultural Material Conservation (UMELB) in 2009.  She has worked as an Objects Conservator at leading institutions around Australia. She has also worked as a Legal Researcher and Content Author, drafting and reviewing manuscripts. 


Her academic achievements include; 2015 Finalist for the Kevin Lindgren Prize from the Copyright Society of Australia.  


Laura has volunteered at the Arts Law Centre of Australia and is a member of the Law Society of NSW. Laura maintains a keen interest in the arts sector and enjoys exploring new exhibitions and visiting galleries and museums throughout Australia. She also enjoys reading, travelling, swimming and yoga.  

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All professional photography is by Jamie James at James Photographic Services.

The painting  'Ancient Tracks and Waterholes' (2019) by Rene Kulitja has been used under license in the firm photographs on the TJC website homepage, staff profiles, careers and services pages. See 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. See 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 her website to see more.

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