05 Apr Hunt & Humphry Turns 20
Hunt & Humphry Turns 20
In February 1996 Michael Hunt left Blake Dawson Waldron (now Ashurst) and joined Chris Humphry (formerly Mallesons Stephen Jaques, now King & Wood Mallesons) to establish Hunt & Humphry Project Lawyers. This year the firm celebrates its 20th anniversary.
We are very proud to have assisted our clients in the development of numerous projects over the past 20 years; including in the resources, energy, infrastructure and agricultural sectors.
Recognition of Expertise
We have been widely recognised for our niche focus on projects, being consistently rated in all leading legal guides (such as Who’s Who Legal, Doyle’s List, Chambers Global and Chambers Asia Pacific). Chambers notes us as a “boutique that has distinguished itself” and we are one of very few non-national firms in Australia ranked alongside our peers in the major national and international firms.
20 Years of Assisting Clients to Achieve Results
During the last 20 years we have advised on a full range of project development issues including structuring, financing, corporate issues, tenure issues, land use and access, native title and Aboriginal heritage, property, general commercial, environment, construction and State Agreements. Some of our key areas of involvement have been:
- Ports: We have acted as lawyers for one of our foundation clients the Pilbara Ports Authority (originally called Port Hedland Port Authority) during a period of exponential growth over the last 20 years which has seen Port Hedland become the world’s largest bulk commodity export port.
- Mineral projects in Western Australia: We have assisted many major, mid-tier and junior companies in their exploration and mining operations in Western Australia. We have also acted for a full spectrum of service providers to the resources sector.
- Native Title: As native title and aboriginal heritage law experts, we have been involved in resolving native titles issue for mineral, oil and gas, infrastructure and land developments in Western Australia over the past two decades.
- Agriculture and Land Development: We have advised on projects as diverse as the Ord Stage 2 development; Perth CBD developments and a land subdivision/golf course/marina. We have also acted for many pastoralists and farmers.
- Mineral Projects Overseas: We have assisted companies in expanding their exploration and mining operations offshore – in Africa (Ghana, Tanzania, South Africa, Namibia, Mauritania, Zambia and Eritrea), Asia (Indonesia, Cambodia, Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, China and Thailand) and elsewhere (Guyana, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Falkland Islands). Through our partnership with Trinity International, we continue to support our clients in complex emerging market projects. Trinity recently won the Lawyers Awards Boutique Firm of the Year for its project work in emerging markets.
We have had an active involvement in resources litigation appearing consistently in the Mining Wardens’ courts and regularly in the Supreme, Federal and High Courts. We also act for clients at the Takeovers Panel and are involved in several international arbitrations.
Over the life of the firm, our practice has extended to general corporate and commercial law (including a full range of public and private company work), fundraising (both in the equity and debt capital markets), environmental, finance (including project finance) and emerging markets (particularly Africa, Asia and South America).
Contribution to Industry
We have contributed our time and resources to the mining industry including:
- Michael Hunt served as national President and founding member of the Australian Mining and Petroleum Law Association. James Hunt is also actively involved in AMPLA and sits on the WA State Committee.
- Hunt & Humphry is a long standing member of the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies.
- Michael Hunt has consulted to government. In 1983 he conducted an inquiry into Western Australia’s mining laws and in 1987 reviewed Papua New Guinea’s mining laws. His comprehensive recommendations were incorporated into the mining legislation of both jurisdictions.
- Michael Hunt has served on the WA Government’s Mining Industry Liaison Committee which regularly reviews the condition of the Western Australian mining industry and assesses the need for changes in law and practice.
The book Hunt on Mining Law of Western Australia has been established for more than 32 years as the essential reference for all legal issues relating to the mining industry in Western Australia. Michael Hunt has been an author of all editions with the 5th edition co-authored with his colleagues at Hunt & Humphry James Hunt.