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What the team is known for

Norton Rose Fulbright regularly advises inbound investors and other developers on native title, cultural heritage and land rights issues arising in relation to large-scale energy and infrastructure projects. Solid expertise on the legislative framework around indigenous affairs, including the changes to cultural heritage laws in Western Australia and New South Wales. Offers additional expertise in complex litigation, including in relation to indigenous land use agreements and compensation claims. Key clients include Asian Renewable Energy Hub, McConnell Dowell and Shell Australia.

Strengths

Speaking of Norton Rose Fulbright's handling of a mandate involving both native title and cultural heritage considerations, a client praises the team's combination of "credibility, approachability and transparency" with "a proven track record in dealing with traditional owners and their representatives" and the "provision of clear, concise and timely advice."

Work highlights

Norton Rose Fulbright advised Stockland on the development of a comprehensive cultural heritage strategy for a number of its new residential property developments, including Paradise Waters, near Ipswich in Queensland. The mandate included not only the negotiation of a complex cultural heritage management plan with the Yuggera Ugarapul people, but also extensive interaction with relevant government departments.

Notable practitioners

Gavin Scott is based in Brisbane and is a highly experienced adviser to high-profile actors in the natural resources sector across a comprehensive range of native title and cultural heritage matters. A client who notes that his "wide experience and understanding makes the whole native title process more navigable than it would otherwise be," adds: "He approaches everything with both sensitivity and realism, which helps when dealing with local communities."

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