Anthony Neal KC
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Tony Neal KC has a diverse civil and administrative law practice.
Tony has a well-earned reputation for meticulous preparation and for his in-court skills, particularly as a cross-examiner. Whilst his practice spans most aspects of contract, tort and property-based disputes, as well as administrative law, Tony also has recognised expertise in the areas of building and construction and in native title.
In keeping with the diversity of his practice Tony recently appeared for the mine owners before the Board of Inquiry into the Hazelwood Mine and for the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs in the Court of Appeal in an action to dismiss the Committee of Management of the Framlingham Aboriginal Trust. He also advised the Noongar people in their recent, historic settlement agreement with the W.A. Government. The Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department has engaged Tony to undertake a substantial consultancy relating to proposed changes to the Attorney's funding of respondents in native title matters.
Tony also acts as a mediator in civil matters. He is a nationally accredited mediator, Chairman of the Bar’s ADR Sub-Committee and an instructor in the Victorian Bar's well regarded Lawyers Mediation Certificate Course. Tony's skills as a mediator were recognised by his appointment to the panel to whom the Federal Court refers mediation of native title matters. He has already overseen a number of successful mediations in this capacity including the De Rose Hill compensation claim, the first of its kind in Australia.
Chair - Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
Anthony Neal KC maintains a 360-degree native title practice which incorporates the representation not only of both proponent and traditional owner parties but also of relevant government bodies.