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Bowden McCormack

Native Title

1 ranked lawyersBand 2AustraliaAsia-Pacific 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Darwin-based team, focusing on the representation of traditional owner representative bodies and businesses, and, in addition to acting on applications under the Native Title Act, offers particularly extensive experience of advising on the development of projects benefiting Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory. Additionally assists with corporate governance matters, including tax concessions, and social and economic development programmes, and can also provide advice to resources companies and developers seeking to do business on Aboriginal land.

Work highlights

Acted for the Gumatj Clan on lodging an application for native title in the Gove Peninsula and in the filing of a related AUD700 million compensation claim, pertaining to the peninsula's mineral resources.

Notable practitioners

Sean Bowden advises various traditional owner bodies on land and compensation claims. Market sources respect him him as a lawyer with "a thriving Northern Territory practice" who "has been in the game for a long time," one interviewee remarking: "He is very, very good; he is a very significant force in the Territory for Aboriginal land rights, and is absolutely excellent."

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Native Title: Traditional Owners


Sean Bowden
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