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What the team is known for

Established, nationwide practice with over 20 years' experience of providing a full suite of native title services, covering both contentious and non-contentious issues. Strong track record acting for market-leading energy and resources companies on indigenous engagement and native title trust issues. Also experienced in advising government clients on native title considerations associated with the privatisation of state-owned assets.

Work highlights

Advised Stanmore Coal on securing a native title agreement linked to the grant of a mining lease for the Isaac Downs coal project and on associated mediation proceedings before the National Native Title Tribunal.

Notable practitioners

Ben Zillmann is a Queensland-based practitioner who is well recognised in the space for his work in advising proponents active in the minerals, coal, gas and hydroelectrical industries. Acknowledged by market sources as an "excellent lawyer" and "top-tier" performer. he is identified by a client as "a strong communicator" with valuable expertise covering both the native title and cultural heritage spheres.

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Overview

Native title has been on the Australian legal landscape for more than two decades, generating many practical issues for the mineral, oil and gas, infrastructure and property sectors, as well as for financiers, pastoralists, governments and indigenous communities. As Australian states and territories continue to implement reforms of their native title frameworks and policies, and native title case law evolves, Allens continues to work with key players to find solutions to native title issues, including agreements with indigenous communities.

We offer specialist expertise on crucial aspects such as security of title, interpretation of the native title legislation, negotiation with indigenous communities, disclosure requirements, litigation and compensation liability. Our lawyers regularly advise on native title and cultural heritage issues relating to major projects, particularly in the energy and resources and infrastructure sectors, and how companies might navigate the approval regime. Often, such projects involve the construction or establishment of substantial infrastructure such as dams, water pipelines, railways, ports, gas pipelines, electricity lines and power stations.


Native Title Department

Allens

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Department location

Level 28, Deutsche Bank Place

126 Phillip Street

(Corner of Hunter & Phillip Streets)

Sydney

New South Wales

Australia

NSW 2000

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Native Title: Proponents


Ben Zillmann
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