Mining

Mining - Australia

Combining commercial understanding and legal expertise

From project development and operations through to strategic acquisitions, we know the mining industry inside out and can step in seamlessly at any stage of your business, project or operations. 

Our Australian team brings together expert corporate and finance lawyers who focus on energy, resources and infrastructure projects. Together we provide strategic counsel and share insight on the industry conditions and legal developments affecting your business.

Move quickly and manage risk

Industry growth has been tempered by increased regulatory scrutiny, labour shortages and continued uncertainty on taxes and carbon prices. When you are faced with supply-side challenges like these, we assist clients to move quickly and manage risk.

You can rely on our commercial understanding and specialist expertise in areas such as native title and aboriginal heritage, environment, project approvals, clean energy, employee relations and health and safety. Our team of mining lawyers offers full-service capabilities across all commodities.

We work with multinational and local mining companies, infrastructure companies and domestic and international banks on infrastructure and financing solutions for mining projects. Our advice on mining law includes: 

  • Mergers and acquisitions (M&A), due diligence and joint venture arrangements
  • Government agreements and negotiations
  • Commodity sales, off-take arrangements, shipping and letters of credit
  • Competition and infrastructure access
  • Native title and aboriginal heritage
  • Project approvals, environment and planning
  • Tax and structuring
  • Dispute resolution (including international arbitration)
  • Employment and industrial relations
  • Health, safety and incidents
  • Carbon and clean energy
  • Engineering and construction

An essential partner to the industry

Our law firm is involved in some of Australia’s most significant mining projects. For example, we advise BHP Billiton on its iron ore projects in the Pilbara, metallurgical coal projects in Queensland, and aluminium and nickel operations in Western Australia. Our advice covers port, rail and power infrastructure and includes access to infrastructure, land tenure, native title, environment, project approvals, safety and major incidents, procurement and mining contracts.

We have a full team specialising in this area.

Discover our latest insights into legal issues affecting your business

The Queensland government has tabled a reform package on financial provisioning requirements for resource activities and new requirements for mining rehabilitation.

26 October 2017

The Australian Government has announced a new energy policy that forces electricity retailers in the Eastern States to ensure they purchase wholesale electricity from a portfolio of sources.

17 October 2017

Transparency International Australia has released a report into corruption risks in the mining approvals process in Australia, as part of its broader Mining for Sustainable Development Programme.

10 October 2017

On 7 September 2017, the Queensland government released a further discussion paper about how resource operators could potentially provide financial assurance sureties.

07 September 2017