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Mining & Resources

Digging deep and in it for the long haul


The deeper you dig, the more interesting things tend to become. So it makes sense that large-scale mining and energy projects have some unique characteristics—long lifecycles, many stakeholders and a dynamic regulatory environment that requires specialised understanding.

We’re committed to the project lifecycle from start to finish. If you’re kicking off an exploration or carrying on with an excavation; seeking regulatory approvals; handling environmental, landowner  native title and cultural heritage matters;  mining and production activities; commodity sales and transportation—well, this is what gets us up in the morning.

Whether you’re coming or going, we handle the sale and acquisition of resources projects, including due diligence investigations and preparing sales documentation.

We are trusted and strategic advisors when it comes to approval and operational issues, and we’re good at navigating the sometimes overwhelming process of multiple approval strands between government, community and landowners.

We dot the I’s and cross the T’s on all your legal documents—this includes a catalogue of agreements, like joint venture, co-development, coordination, conduct and compensation, infrastructure, s 31 native title, sale and purchase for assets, and product sale and transportation. 

Not every mining project is straight up and down. Environmental challenges are commonplace and need to be handled with equal parts tenacity and tact. We deal with land access and compensation issues with owners and occupiers of land, handle competing land uses and overlapping tenures, negotiate water licensing and supply, gas sales and transportation contracts.

We also negotiate access and compensation agreements, offer dispute resolution and, where necessary, act in court proceedings and mediations.

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Alan McKelvey
Alan McKelvey
Partner
t: +61 2 4924 7309+61 2 4924 7309
m: +61 410 459 853+61 410 459 853
o: Newcastle
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James Minchinton
James Minchinton
Partner
t: +61 7 3016 5001+61 7 3016 5001
m: +61 420 907 478+61 420 907 478
o: Brisbane
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