We provide clear and
commercial legal advice
to the resources sector.

Mining Access Legal offers commercial, practical and pragmatic legal advice to exploration and mining companies. Get to know our team and how we can support you on your next project.

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Our experience is your advantage

Mining Access Legal is a boutique law firm, established in 2017, that provides clear, commercial and cost-effective legal advice to the mining industry.

Staffed by a number of former top-tier lawyers and a Principal who has worked both in private practice and in-house at an ASX listed iron ore producer, Mining Access Legal guides and supports its clients through their exploration and mining projects.

We aim to deliver quality, reliable and industry specific legal advice to the resources sector, at a highly competitive price. Our team is comprised of an experienced and reputable group of lawyers and professionals, who came together to deliver legal services in a refreshingly friendly, practical and down-to-earth manner. Our approach means clients can take advantage of quality advice, at an affordable price.

We only support exploration and mining companies, which means that unlike other firms, our core practice is aligned with your business. We are also active members of AMEC (Association of Mining and Exploration Companies) and a number of our team members are involved in committees and organisations specific to the mining industry – so we are always on the pulse and responsive to changes in industry practice.

Our clients are proponent based and include:

  • small to mid-cap listed companies
  • private, high wealth individuals/organisations
  • ASX listed companies
  • TSX listed companies
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Hayley McNamara


Hayley is the Principal of Mining Access Legal and leads the team in delivering clear and commercial advice to its resources clients.

Hayley has been advising exploration and mining companies for two decades, both in private legal practice and as General Counsel and Company Secretary for an ASX listed iron ore producer. She has a practical and direct approach, and a reputation as a leader in her field.

Hayley also serves on the government’s Resource Industry Consultation Committee (RICC) (formerly known as MILC) and is a member of AMEC’s Mining Legislation and Aboriginal Affairs Committees.

Sarah Lilly

Special Counsel

Sarah joined Mining Access Legal in July 2019 from a top tier international law firm, where she worked as a corporate lawyer in the resources sector.

Sarah has extensive experience in the mining and oil and gas sectors. She has advised clients on joint venture agreements, key mine operating and infrastructure agreements (including offtake agreements, rail haulage agreements and camp services agreements), supply chain arrangements and royalty arrangements.

Sarah has worked with clients on secondment to their in-house legal teams. She also has significant experience with Australia’s foreign investment (FIRB) regime.

Claire McGowan

Senior Lawyer

Claire joined Mining Access Legal in June 2018 from the land access and approvals team of a leading global law firm.

She is an experienced regulatory approvals and compliance lawyer, having worked on a number of major Western Australian mining, oil & gas and infrastructure projects.

Claire is a member of AMEC’s Environment and Water Committee and a past President of the WA branch of the National Environmental Law Association. She has also previously served as a member of CME’s Land Access Committee and Native Title & Aboriginal Heritage Working Group, and as a tutor for the environment unit of the AMPLA UWA Mining Law Workshop.

Kathleen Daniels


Kathleen has been with Mining Access Legal since its conception in March 2017.

Prior to this, she worked as a Tenement Manager in the Advisory division of McMahon Mining Title Services, where she specialised in the conduct of objections under the Mining Act 1978 (WA) and Native Title Act 1993 (Cth). Kathleen has experience in a number of areas of law, including building and construction law, family law, criminal law and has assisted with the adjudication of disputes under the Construction Contracts Act 2004 (WA).

Kathleen graduated from Murdoch University in 2013 with degrees in both law and international politics (with honours) and was admitted to the Supreme Court of Western Australia in August 2017.

Sumaia Aziz


Sumaia joined Mining Access Legal as a Lawyer in March 2020 to further her practice in Mining and Resources Law. Prior to this, Sumaia commenced her practical legal training at K&L Gates where she rotated through various practice groups including Corporate, Litigation & Dispute Resolution; and Real Estate & Property. Sumaia looks forward to further developing her understanding of the application of the Mining Act 1978 (WA) in compliance matters and the energy and resources sector.

Sumaia graduated from the University of Western Australia in 2018 with degrees in Commerce and Law and was admitted to the Supreme Court of Western Australia in December 2019.

Jaya Prasad


Prior to commencing her legal career with Mining Access Legal, Jaya worked within a leading global professional services firm providing advisory services in corporate restructuring, distressed financing analysis and formal insolvency management. She also has experience in corporate insolvency and corporations tax law.

Jaya graduated from the University of Queensland in 2018 with a dual Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce and relocated to Western Australia to pursue a career in the energy and resources sector. She was admitted to the Supreme Court of Western Australia in February 2020.

Marie Forsyth


Marie joined Mining Access legal as a newly admitted lawyer in September 2020. Prior to commencing with the team, she completed her practical legal training within a mining house, chambers and a number of law firms gaining valuable exposure to resources and corporate law. Marie has practical experience within the mining sector in mineral processing, consultancy and metallurgical laboratories.

Marie graduated from Murdoch University in February 2020 with a Bachelor of Laws. She also holds a Bachelor of Science (Extractive Metallurgy) from Curtin University, Kalgoorlie. Marie was admitted to the Supreme Court of Western Australia in September 2020.

Rebecca Barrett


Rebecca started as a Paralegal at Mining Access Legal in September 2019.

She is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Laws at Curtin Law School.

Once she has completed her studies, Rebecca aspires to practice law within the energy and resources sector.

Iva Morrell

General Manager

Iva is the General Manager of Mining Access Legal and assists the Principal with the management of the business and day to day operational matters.

Iva graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Laws (Distinction) and a Bachelor of Arts. She has consulted to the mining industry for over 10 years and was involved in the initial set up and management of Mining Access Legal.

Charissa Mitsikas-Beasley

People & Capability Manager

Charissa joined Mining Access Legal in March 2020 as the People & Capability Manager, to work with the Senior Leadership Team in driving the development and implementation of the People Strategy for workforce engagement and sustainability.

Charissa graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts. She has worked as commercial lawyer across Workplace Relations Law, Mining Law and Litigation; before moving into the Human Resources Management space for various international law firms, public entities and an ASX listed company. Talent development, workforce planning and organisational development are all part and parcel of her “preventative HR” approach.

Charissa has extensive experience in the business of legal entities as well as an appreciation for maximising the talent and effectiveness of an organisation’s key asset – it’s People.

Vicki Stathopoulos

Corporate Office Administrator

Vicki joined the team in 2020 as our Corporate Office Administrator. Vicki comes to us with over 10 years’ experience in various industries such as customer service, hospitality and event management. Vicki works closely with our shared services managers and wider administration team and runs our front-of-house function to ensure client satisfaction and service delivery.

Janette Hartigan


Janette holds a Bachelor of Accounting and Mathematics from Leicester University, U.K. She has 30 years’ experience in the field of accounting, across a diverse range of commercial, financial and operational activities. She has managed the MMTS accounts since joining in 2009.

How can we help you?

Mining Access Legal can assist you in the following areas:
Mining, Energy and Resources

End-to-end legal advice and support for all mining projects, from tenement application through to decommissioning and rehabilitation

Land Access

Strategic advice in relation to land access processes, miners’ rights, mining access agreements and pastoral access agreements

Native Title and Aboriginal Heritage Advice

Native title and Aboriginal heritage advice for all stages of mining, particularly expedited procedure and right to negotiate processes

Foreign Investment (FIRB)

Advice on Australia’s foreign investment (FIRB) regime and related acts and regulations

Regulatory Approvals and Compliance Advice

Advice on regulatory approvals and compliance, including objections under the Mining Act and Warden’s Court matters

Environmental Advice

Advice on environmental approvals and compliance under State and Commonwealth legislation

Commercial Advice

Commercial and contractual advice specific to mining and exploration companies

How can we help you? Get in touch for a discussion about your project.

  1. Get in touch with us today
  2. We arrange an obligation-free consultation where we can come to you
  3. We learn about your organisation and the specific requirements of your project
  4. We guide you through the relevant legal process and support you in any way we can