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Clayton Utz

Native Title

2 ranked lawyersBand 1AustraliaAsia-Pacific 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Impressive offering, noted for its coverage of proponent, traditional owner and government client requirements. Regularly advises blue-chip corporates on the native title and cultural heritage aspects of their largest resources projects and Aboriginal groups on title claim and trustee issues. Strong track record advising the government at state and Commonwealth level on ensuring the compliance with practice area legislation in regard to nationally significant infrastructure developments. Noted for its thought leadership in the development of legislation, particularly in relation to the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act amendments.

Strengths

Clients agree on the practice's "excellent service provision," with one highlighting its full-service character, saying: "They cover different aspects, including native title and litigation, with an extensive team that enables them to find someone to give the advice we need."

Work highlights

Advised the Northern Territory government in relation to the rehabilitation of the Ranger uranium mine, including engagement with the relevant indigenous stakeholders.

Notable practitioners

Mark Geritz maintains a highly respected practice advising various stakeholders on complex native title and cultural heritage issues. A client who characterises him as refreshingly "personable and outgoing, with a sense of humour," particularly appreciates his "wide and extensive experience."

Tosin Aro is a "strong practitioner" who produces "quality native title work," according to a market source. A client notes: "He provides very timely and succinct advice, understands what is relevant for us, represents our needs and provides helpful legal reviews." He is adept at advising a comprehensive range of actors in the native title space on diverse issues.

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Australia

Native Title: Proponents


Mark Geritz
Band 1
Tosin Aro
Band 2