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King & Wood Mallesons

Native Title

3 ranked lawyersBand 1AustraliaAsia-Pacific 2022 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

King & Wood Mallesons provides strategic advice, on a national basis, to blue-chip clients in the energy and natural resources and infrastructure sectors. Handles the full range of native title issues including Aboriginal land and cultural heritage agreements and their implementation, benefit management structures and compensation. Highly experienced in assisting with native title and cultural heritage matters associated with large-scale projects, and frequently instructed by federal and state government entities on a range of Aboriginal land issues. Further noted for integrating multidisciplinary advice on native title and environmental concerns, access agreements and approvals for resources and infrastructure projects as well as tenure protection in claim determinations and heritage reforms. Key clients include BHP, Gladstone Ports Corporation and Telstra.

Strengths

A highly satisfied client, speaking of a matter involving both native title and cultural heritage aspects, reports: "King & Wood Mallesons was able to provide a full service offering, with a team that was appropriately skilled to deliver what the business needed. They delivered on what they promised, with targeted advice provided within challenging timeframes."

Another client says: "The client care is exceptional, the expertise very high and the team has excellent, friendly, approachable and knowledgeable lawyers who will go the extra mile to ensure that all our questions and concerns are answered."

Work highlights

King & Wood Mallesons advised Sunwater on native title consent and Aboriginal cultural heritage duty of care compliance strategies underpinning two major projects designed to improve the operation and increase the storage capacity of the Burdekin Falls dam in Queensland.

Notable practitioners

Nick Testro is based in Melbourne and offers experience of acting across a wide range of practice area matters, including indigenous land use agreement, tenement grant compensation and sacred site compliance issues. Respected by market sources as a practitioner who "certainly knows his stuff," he is valued for clients for his "diverse breadth of knowledge regarding native title and Aboriginal cultural heritage" and his "established stakeholder relationships in his field of expertise."

Sally Audeyev is particularly well qualified to provide integrated advice on matters with mixed native title and environmental elements to mining industry clients and government bodies. A client who notes her "particular strength in native title and indigenous affairs," also praises both the excellence of her advice and her "high levels of customer service and responsiveness." She is based in Perth.

Scott Singleton is based in Brisbane and is a renowned practitioner in the space, being particularly noted as an exceptional negotiator of agreements between traditional owner groups and the proponents of major energy, resources or infrastructure projects. In addition to appreciating his "excellent long-term relationships with government agencies, native title groups and private and land council legal representatives," clients also appreciate his "exceptional service and product" and the "commercial acumen and industry knowledge" which "make him a true asset."

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Native Title: Proponents


Nick Testro
Band 3
Sally Audeyev
Band 3
Scott Singleton
Band 1