At Cooper Grace Ward, we understand the specific issues and challenges faced by the energy and resources industry, having acted for many key stakeholders in the oil and gas, mining and utilities sectors.

Through their prior experience working both as advisers and in-house lawyers with energy and resources companies, our team has in-depth knowledge of the key business drivers and inputs required from the initial stages of oil and gas and mining exploration through to project approval, development and operation. We also understand the important aspects of marketing, sales and export.

The Cooper Grace Ward team provides legal advice and solutions to exploration companies, asset owners and operators, investors, service providers, contractors, financiers, and wholesalers and retailers of petroleum and renewable fuels. We also work with a range of clients in the electricity sector.

Our lawyers’ expertise in this area includes advising on all the day-to-day legal requirements for energy and resources participants, including corporate governance and compliance, risk management, litigation and regulatory issues, joint venture and supply agreements, intellectual property, taxation, property leases, workplace relations, safety and other operational matters.

As a Brisbane based commercial law firm, we are dedicated to supporting resources clients and their operations across Queensland and throughout Australia.

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We have the experience and mining sector knowledge to advise mining companies, investors, contractors and financiers across all areas of their legal requirements.

Our mining legal services include advice on:

  • mergers, acquisitions and divestments
  • business and project structuring, including joint venture arrangements
  • farm-in / farm-out agreements
  • environmental approvals and incidents
  • tenements, planning and regulatory due diligence
  • native title
  • land acquisition and access
  • project financing and other banking and finance arrangements
  • competition
  • foreign investment
  • employment and workplace relations
  • safety
  • intellectual property
  • procurement and tender processes
  • infrastructure development and funding agreements
  • taxation
  • litigation and dispute resolution.

Cooper Grace Ward provides legal advice and support to a wide range of oil and gas industry stakeholders including project proponents, exploration companies, asset owners and operators, investors, service providers, contractors and financiers.

Our oil and gas legal services include advice on:

  • mergers, acquisitions and divestments
  • business and project structuring, including joint venture arrangements
  • farm-in / farm-out agreements
  • environmental approvals and incidents
  • tenements, planning and regulatory due diligence
  • native title
  • land acquisition and access
  • project financing and other banking and finance arrangements
  • competition
  • foreign investment
  • employment and workplace relations
  • safety
  • intellectual property
  • procurement and tender processes
  • infrastructure development and funding agreements
  • taxation
  • litigation and dispute resolution.

We also advise clients on:

  • the legal nature and protection of oil and gas exploration and production rights
  • the Australian regulatory and licensing regime
  • control of operations, operating and other agreements
  • infrastructure issues and regulation of downstream operations, including gas codes.

We have extensive experience advising participants in the power generation, electricity and renewable energy sectors.

 

Our services include advice on:

  • mergers, acquisitions and divestments
  • business and project structuring, including joint venture arrangements
  • environmental approvals and incidents
  • planning and regulatory due diligence
  • native title
  • land acquisition and access
  • project financing and other banking and finance arrangements
  • competition
  • foreign investment
  • employment and workplace relations
  • safety
  • intellectual property
  • procurement and tender processes
  • infrastructure development and funding agreements
  • taxation
  • litigation and dispute resolution.

Cooper Grace Ward provides legal advice and solutions for companies that service the energy and resources sector in areas such as:

  • contract mining and drilling
  • transport and aviation
  • accommodation
  • catering
  • equipment, technology services and supply
  • labour hire
  • engineering and manufacturing
  • IT and other technology
  • consulting
  • construction.

 

Our key services for these clients include:

  • mergers, acquisitions and sales/divestments
  • commercial advice, including advice on all types of contracts and agreements
  • documenting, negotiating and advising on all forms of construction, engineering, product and equipment supply, and services contracts prevalent in the energy and resources sectors
  • taxation and GST advice particularly in relation to the establishing and reviewing business structures to achieve tax effective outcomes
  • project structuring, financing and taxation advice
  • capital raisings and public offerings
  • infrastructure agreements and advice
  • estate planning and business structuring and restructuring
  • workplace relations and safety advice, documentation and litigation
  • litigation, dispute resolution and mediation
  • property acquisition, leasing and sales
  • planning and environment advice and appeals
  • advice on environmental incidents and offences.