Hunt & Humphry is a specialist projects law firm widely recognised for its niche focus on all aspects of mining, energy, infrastructure (ports, rail, roads, airports) and land development. Our aim is to assist developers and stakeholders to make projects and businesses happen.
We advise on a full range of transactions and project development issues including structuring, resources and infrastructure tenure issues, land use and access, native title and Aboriginal heritage, property, environment, construction and State agreements. Our reputation extends to corporate and commercial (including a full range of public and private company work), litigation, finance (including project finance) and emerging markets (particularly Africa, Asia and South America). Specifically in relation to emerging markets, Hunt & Humphry has partnered with Trinity International LLP, one of the leading law firms globally for its experience in Africa. More+
Hunt & Humphry is regularly recognised in the leading legal guides as one of the premier firms in Australia for its focus on mining and infrastructure. Rated in Legal Profiles, Chambers Global and Doyle’s, Hunt & Humphry is the only niche firm to have been ranked “Premier” (the top classification) in both resources and native title and one of very few non-national firms in Australia receiving that ranking in any category.
Michael Hunt has also been voted as the number one resources lawyer in Western Australia and in the Bulletin’s Top 50 lawyers in Australia principally for his mining and energy expertise. Michael Hunt and James Hunt are also widely recognised for their contribution to Mining Law in Western Australia (now in its 5th edition), a publication which has been established for more than 32 years as an essential reference for all legal issues relating to the mining industry in Western Australia.
Hunt & Humphry acts for a wide range of clients from major mining and petroleum explorers such as BHP Billiton Petroleum, Apache Energy, Newcrest Mining, Rio Tinto and Barrick Gold to the numerous junior mining companies that remain an important part of Australia’s economy. We also act for government agencies, infrastructure providers (such as Western Australia’s Pilbara Ports Authority which operates Dampier Port and Port Hedland Port, the largest bulk export tonnage port in the world), pastoralists, construction and service companies, property developers, mining industry associations, investors and other project stakeholders. Our experience in representing a wide range of clients gives us an understanding of the issues that burden projects and how to resolve them pragmatically and efficiently.
Australia remains a core focus for Hunt & Humphry but the firm’s specialist experience and innovative approach has allowed it to expand its practice into other markets, including Africa, South America and Asia. Members of the team have extensive experience in advising on project financings, commercial transactions and general project development in these markets across a wide range of sectors.
We have partnered with leading emerging market law firm, Trinity International LLP to give our clients access to experience and service delivery in these markets. More+
The Hunt & Humphry team is committed to providing practical legal advice to its clients in an efficient, cost-effective and responsive manner. The firm was established by senior lawyers who were formerly at large international law firms, in recognition of the increasing disquiet amongst clients that the partners and senior advisers who were wheeled out to win the work, never worked on the matter. Clients also noted inefficiencies in cascades of partners, lawyers and junior lawyers which added to timelines and costs. It remains important to us that clients know from the outset which partners and lawyers will be working on matters referred to the firm and that they remain available at all times. Equally, we provide senior support to deliver our clients responsive, efficient, technically correct and commercial advice.