John Edwards Arma Legal

John Edwards is an experienced lawyer with over 20 years experience including 8 years as legal manager for an ASX Top 50 mining company. He has worked on mine development project teams, native title negotiations, land access and commercial and corporate issues.

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Hema Hariharan, Managing Practitioner Director, has worked as a lawyer for over 13 years in New South Wales and Western Australia. Previously the Manager of the Strategic Development Unit at NTSCORP, Sydney, Hema worked with a multi-disciplinary team of lawyers, tenure specialists and researchers to deliver social and economic benefits to the Aboriginal people of NSW. At the forefront of Hema’s approach is an emphasis on collaborating with native title holders and other Aboriginal groups to achieve their social, cultural and economic aspirations.

Hayley Haas

Hayley Haas, Director of Arma Legal, is an experienced legal practitioner whose areas of practice include complex commercial dispute resolution and human rights advocacy. In her time working with Arma Legal, Hayley has run successful Full Federal Court litigation, setting a new precedent for the protection of native title parties’ rights under the Native Title Act 1993. Hayley has also negotiated high benchmarks in cultural heritage protection and achieved strong commercial outcomes for native title parties faced with resource development in the Kimberley.

Ashley Truscott

Ashley Truscott is a proud Nyoongar/ Yamatji – Yugunga Nya man, born in East Fremantle and lived in Perth his entire life. Ashley is a lawyer, having graduated from the University of WA in 2011 and admitted to Legal Practice in October 2015. He has experience in Commonwealth Government departments including the Department of Defence and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (Citizenship). He has worked as a lawyer for the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, the Aboriginal Legal Service of WA, and the Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation. Ashley is a UWA Masters of Laws postgraduate and is keen to see Aboriginal peoples’ native title rights and interests recognised in Australian common law through the provision of legal representation provided by Arma Legal.


Katie O'Rourke has worked extensively in Native Title, environmental law, heritage law, Indigenous governance and community engagement. She has a broad background in statutory regulation and administrative policy co-ordination, community based project design and development and implementation of heritage policy.

Annette Heininger

Annette Heininger is an experienced legal practitioner with a focus in corporate risk and governance, commercial law, contract law, and administrative law. She has a wealth of experience in many areas, including legislative review and amendment, regulatory regimes and enforcement (especially licencing), government procurement contracts, and policy and procedure. Annette has also held the position of Secretariat on a NSW Government Department’s Audit and Risk Committee.