Hunt & Humphry is most notably recognised for its focus on mining and mining infrastructure projects in Australia, having assisting its clients to develop their mining projects for over 20 years.  We are widely respected for our technically thorough but pragmatic and commercial advice, as recognised by the leading legal guides which have rated the firm as one of the premier firms in Australia for its focus on mining and infrastructure.  Rated in Legal ProfilesChambers Global and Doyle’s, Hunt & Humphry is the only niche firm to have been ranked “Premier” (the top classification) in both mining/resources and native title and one of very few non-national firms in Australia receiving that ranking in any category.


The firm’s senior principal, Michael Hunt has 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.

Our extensive sector experience includes:

  • documenting joint venture and farm-in/out transactions
  • standalone tenement and project-wide sale and purchase transactions
  • advising resource developers on mining, construction and supplier contracts
  • assisting clients to develop their own suites of standard contracts
  • acting for resource developers on land use and tenure queries and interactions with farmers and pastoralists
  • acting for competing resource developers on tenure interactions, including documenting access agreements
  • extensive litigation practice acting for and advising clients on Mining Act disputes in the Warden’s Court and Supreme Court
  • extensive native title practice acting for and advising clients on native title and Aboriginal heritage matters
  • appearing in the NNTT, assisting with mediations and negotiations, ILUAs and project development agreements
  • expert reports on tenements for IPO and RTO prospectuses

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