Mining & resources

Ward Keller has one of the largest and longest-established mining and resources practices in the Northern Territory.

Our mining and resources team has a comprehensive understanding of the law relating to mining and resources in the Territory.

In the hard rock mining sector, we act for gold producers, base metal miners, mineral explorers and royalty holders.

The team has experience acting for both large and small miners in the extractive mining sector.

In the petroleum sector, we have experience acting for petroleum explorers, LNG operators and pipeline operators.

Our extensive involvement in these sectors also means we have an intimate knowledge of native title rights and interests, Aboriginal land issues, sacred sites and heritage protection laws and procedures.

We have extensive experience in negotiating and preparing agreements for the resource sector.

Ward Keller can prepare, negotiate and advise on:

  • farm-in and farm-out agreements
  • joint venture agreements
  • option agreements
  • tenement sale agreements
  • due diligence investigations
  • native title and land rights agreements
  • exploration or split commodity agreements
  • mining contracts
  • royalty agreements
  • compensation agreements
  • gas sale agreements
  • gas transport agreements.

We can also advise on related aspects of mining and resources law, including:

  • Territory revenue laws
  • Territory mineral royalties
  • Aboriginal land laws
  • native title laws
  • sacred site laws
  • environmental regulation.

Our team maintains its excellent knowledge and relationships with regulators, industry bodies, land councils and industry.