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HopgoodGanim partner named leading native title lawyer

1 March 2011

HopgoodGanim partner Jonathan Fulcher has been named one of Australia's leading native title lawyers by Chambers Global for the fifth consecutive year.

Dr Fulcher, a partner in HopgoodGanim's Resources and Energy practice, specialises in negotiating and delivering native title and cultural heritage agreements with indigenous stakeholders. He has practiced in the native title space since the mid-1990s and has negotiated over 50 indigenous land use agreements, right to negotiate agreements and cultural heritage management plans.

Dr Fulcher's negotiation experience began with Century Mine in the mid-1990s, and most recently has involved advising on settling disputes in Western Australia, and negotiating four agreements with south-west Queensland traditional owners in relation to eight authorities to prospect for petroleum.

Dr Fulcher says he has particularly enjoyed negotiating agreements with the Barada Barna people, whose country is west of Mackay in Queensland.

"The enjoyment of advising on native title and cultural heritage agreements is that you get to meet very interesting people, travel to places that city boys are very unlikely to otherwise go to, and see developments happen in a way which takes account of the concerns of key landholders," he says.

"Native title agreements are collaborative endeavours with a social dimension which always makes them fascinating to be involved in."

Dr Fulcher has also authored numerous publications on native title in Australia and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Griffith University.

According to HopgoodGanim's Managing Partner, Bruce Humphrys, Dr Fulcher is well-regarded by both his peers and clients for his professionalism and comprehensive knowledge of native title legislation and practice.

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