Resources, Energy and Projects

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A lead advisor to private and publicly listed resources companies, government bodies and small explorers and producers within Australia and internationally

We offer an unparalleled understanding of the Australian mining, resources and projects sector to support the long-term prosperity of established global resources companies through to junior explorers.

Our clients include organisations across mining, mining services, oil and gas, energy and utilities, renewables, transport and infrastructure.


  • Mining, resources and energy project developments
  • Capital raisings, seed raisings, IPOs, secondary listings, placements, rights issues
  • Mergers and acquisitions, sale and purchase of tenements and projects, takeovers and schemes of arrangement
  • Joint venture, farmin/farmout and partnership agreements, royalties and tribute arrangements
  • Mining services (underground and open cut), construction, drilling and supply contracts
  • Offtake, mineral sales and infrastructure (port, road and rail) access arrangements
  • Land tenure and property issues, third party tenure access disputes and arrangements and interaction with pastoral and farming interests
  • Native title and cultural heritage 
  • Environmental issues, including EPA, approvals, licensing, enforcement, water, land clearing
  • Corporate governance and advisory
  • Workplace, employment, health and safety issues
  • Intellectual property protection, commercialisation and disputes

Industry participation

HopgoodGanim participates in and contributes to key resources industry associations, including the Queensland Resources Council (QRC), the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA), the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) and the Resources and Energy Law Association (ERL).


HopgoodGanim is proud to have been ranked by Chambers Asia Pacific as a Leading Firm in Australia for Energy and Natural Resources (Band 5) 2016–2021.

HopgoodGanim is also proud to have been ranked by Doyle's Guide as a Leading Energy and Resources Law Firm in Queensland, 2016-2018, 2021-2023 and Western Australia, 2017–2022.  

Exceptional outcomes

AIC Mines Limited / Advised AIC Mines on its acquisition of the Eloise Mine and continue to advise AIC Mines on the development of the Eloise Mine and Jericho Project, including advising on land access, native title and cultural heritage, project approvals, supply contracts, offtake agreements, mining services agreements and environmental approvals. 
Arruwurra Aboriginal Corporation / Acted for Arruwurra Aboriginal Corporation which owns freehold on various matters, including land access rights, compensation, cultural heritage and corporate governance, including in relation to development opportunities from mining and the provision of a gas pipeline across the company’s landholdings.
Yinhawangka Aboriginal Corporation / Advised the Yinhawangka Aboriginal Corporation on a range of native title, cultural heritage and tenement matters including negotiating and preparing an agreement with Pilbara Gold Exploration.
QEM / Our client QEM are developing a Vanadium/Oil Shale project to the east of Julia Creek in Central North Queensland. QEM are proposing to power the project by developing a renewable power project in conjunction with a partner operating in the renewables energy industry and potentially selling excess electricity into the NEM via Copperstring. We are advising QEM on land access, project approvals, land acquisition and project structuring for the Julia Creek Project.
Magnetic South Pty Ltd / HopgoodGanim continues to advise Magnetic South Pty Ltd, a coal exploration and development company, on various projects such as drafting and submission of the Gemini Project mining lease application, all land access work, including CCAs for exploration access, mining lease compensation negotiations with all landowners, drafting and negotiating all rail and port agreements with relevant stakeholders, applying for any mine water approvals, dealing with any potential objections from stakeholders, and cultural heritage negotiations and documentation.
New Hope Corporation / Advised on all aspects of the Colton Project, including advising on the ECI tender process, negotiation and drafting of the EPCM Contract for delivery of CHPP, TLO and related infrastructure, and negotiation and drafting of various other supply and construction agreements. The Colton Project was planned as an open cut, metallurgical coal mine near Maryborough Queensland. We also advised in relation to the Land Court proceedings to obtain the grant of the mining leases and associated environmental authority for the Colton Project.
Merredin Solar Farm / Advised on and negotiated a commercial lease for the construction of a 132MWac solar power plant on a farm in Merredin, the largest solar farm in WA. This included negotiating exclusivity and an option for lease agreements, and subsequently included ancillary agreements such as a financier tripartite deed. 

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