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What the team is known for

Clayton Utz's impressive offering is noted for providing 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. Key clients include APLNG, the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council and TransGrid.

Strengths

A client who observes that "Clayton Utz is recognised within the mining industry as one of the best firms - if not the best - for native title matters," goes on to report: "Its major strength is the depth of expertise at all levels from juniors to partners, which allows the firm to deliver great advice within time and budget. Another strength is the collaboration between different groups, which makes receiving advice extremely easy."

Another client, who "only uses Clayton Utz, due to its level of experience and expertise both in this space and with regard to our company and how we operate," emphasises that the team is "particularly good at helping parties come to mutually beneficial agreements."

Work highlights

Clayton Utz acted for the Australian Rail Track Corporation with regard to all native title and Aboriginal heritage issues impacting on the development of the AUD14.5 billion Inland Rail project, a new, high-speed freight rail connection between Melbourne and Brisbane.

Notable practitioners

Mark Geritz maintains a highly respected practice from the Brisbane office, advising a variety of proponent, traditional owner and public sector stakeholders on complex native title and cultural heritage issues. One client, who identifies "his main strength" as "thinking outside the box to find solutions," also notes that; "thanks to his involvement in several areas, he brings a wide range of experience, expertise and different perspectives to the table." Another client simply observes: "Mark Geritz is the guru."

Tosin Aro adeptly advises a comprehensive range of actors in the native title space on diverse issues, including matters of cultural heritage and the development of major infrastructure or energy and resources projects. Clients value him as "an incredibly detailed and comprehensive lawyer," one noting: "Tosin is an excellent communicator who has made a previously unknown area of law accessible and easier for me to navigate. I have relied heavily on his expertise and experience." He is based in Brisbane.

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