Resources and energy

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Strategic, sophisticated legal advice to private and publicly listed resources companies and government bodies as well as smaller explorers and producers

Our knowledge of the Australian mining, energy and natural resources industries is extensive, having advised on some of the country’s most significant resources and public infrastructure projects. We have also participated in the development of legislation and policy from both an industry and government perspective.


  • Mining, resources and energy developments, both exploration and production stage
  • Oil and conventional and unconventional gas exploration and developments, including coal seam gas and tight or shale gas 
  • Petroleum, gas and water pipelines 
  • Rail, road, power and water projects 
  • Resources mergers and acquisitions, sale and purchase of tenements and projects, takeovers and schemes of arrangement
  • Partnership, joint venture, split commodity, farmin/out, tribute and royalty, metals streaming, offtake and sales agreements 
  • Native title and cultural heritage 
  • EPC, construction, operation and management contracts 
  • Mining services (underground and open cut), drilling and supply contracts
  • Environmental issues, including EPA, approvals, licensing, enforcement and biodiversity offsets 
  • Title and tenement management services including tenement applications 
  • Resources and energy disputes including an extensive practice in both the Western Australian Wardens' Court and Queensland Land Court
  • Land tenure and property issues, third party tenure access disputes and arrangements, including interaction with pastoral and farming interests

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 (AMPLA).


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 Dolye's Guide as a Leading Energy and Resources Law Firm in Queensland, 2016-2018 and Western Australia, 2017–2020. 

HG Title Services

HG Title Services is the mining title management business of the HopgoodGanim Group.  We work with local and international miners and explorers to expertly manage their mining titles.

Exceptional outcomes

Red 5 Limited / Advised Red 5 Limited on the simultaneous acquisitions of the Darlot gold mine from Gold Fields Limited and the King of the Hills gold project from Saracen Mineral Holdings Limited.  We also advised on the related partially underwritten AU$12.7 million rights issue. 
Southern Ports Authority / We advise Southern Ports Authority in relation to new port user agreements with project developers (exporters/importers), port service providers (such as stevedores) and also interactions with Government.
Southern Gold Ltd / Advised Southern Gold Ltd on the sale of their Australian exploration assets to Aurenne Group Holdings Pty Ltd for $2.5 million. The exploration assets include the Bulong South, Glandore and Cowarna gold projects in the Goldfields region of Western Australia. 
CSA Global / Advised CSA Global on their acquisition by the world’s leading sustainability mining and exploration consultancy, ERM, which will further position ERM as a world leading advisor to the mining industry.
Pantoro Limited / We advised Pantoro Limited in relation to their recently announced joint venture and farm-in agreement with Norseman Gold Plc regarding the Central Norseman Gold Project and related $43 million placement.
Mining Lease Dispute / Our client, a significant coal miner, is the applicant for a number of mining leases in Queensland. The mining leases overlap certain farming properties and our client is in dispute with the owners of these properties in relation to the value of compensation payable. The issues in the proceedings include the noise, vibration and dust impacts the mining operations will have on the relevant properties, the impact noise and dust will have on cattle growth and health and the diminution in value of the properties caused by those impacts.
Ascot Resources / We have acted for Ascot Resources on the acquisition and the recently announced sale of the Wonmunna Iron Ore Project in the Pilbara of Western Australia. The sale transaction has involved negotiation and documentation of exit from legacy arrangements in relation to previous development of the project to facilitate a clean sale.
Silver Lake Resources / Advised Silver Lake Resources on their takeover offer for EganStreet Resources. Silver Lake announced they would compulsorily acquire any remaining shares not accepted as part of the takeover bid for an approximate value of $52 million. 

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