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.
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
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 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.
Amy joined Mining Access Legal in August 2021 from an international law firm, where she worked as a commercial litigation and arbitration lawyer in the resources sector.
Amy is an experienced resources disputes lawyer, having worked on a number of major mining and oil and gas disputes in the State and Federal Courts. She also has extensive experience in alternative dispute processes, including mediation and arbitration, assisting clients to achieve commercial and creative solutions.
Amy also has experience in business management and therefore always approaches legal problems with a practical and commercial lens, backed by a thorough understanding of her client’s business.
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 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 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.
Brianna joined Mining Access Legal as a lawyer in June 2021 to begin her practice in Mining and Resources Law. Prior to commencing with the team, Brianna completed her practical legal training at a small suburban practice, gaining experience in family law and criminal law. Brianna has a particular interest in the relationship between the Mining Act 1978 (WA) and environmental laws and looks forward to developing her experience in Mining Act compliance, Native Title and Aboriginal Heritage matters.
Brianna graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2019 with a Bachelor of Laws, and was admitted to the Supreme Court of Western Australia in December 2020 and the High Court of Australia in January 2021.
Brittany joined Mining Access Legal as a Paralegal in early 2021 before choosing to further her legal studies and commence a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice with the intention of being admitted to the Supreme Court of Western Australia. Prior to joining Mining Access Legal, Brittany gained valuable legal experience as a Paralegal in employment law.
Brittany graduated from Edith Cowan University in 2018 with degrees in Law and Psychological Science.
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 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.
Tonya has worked as a senior HR professional with over 20 years’ experience within the mining, civil infrastructure and construction industries at strategic, operational, specialist and generalist levels. She has a passion for making people matter and driving success through culture, values and leadership. Tonya bas a Bachelor of Business (University of Technology) and is working towards her Bachelor of Psychology degree (Curtin University).
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.
Margaret joined the team in June 2021 as an assistant accountant. Margaret has been working in the legal profession in Australia for over 10 years, before this her experience was in Scotland with a few of the largest legal practices there. She has experience working with all aspects of corporate, commercial, litigation and family law accounts.
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.
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
Strategic advice in relation to land access processes, miners’ rights, mining access agreements and pastoral access agreements
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
Advice on environmental approvals and compliance under State and Commonwealth legislation
How can we help you? Get in touch for a discussion about your project.
- Get in touch with us today
- We arrange an obligation-free consultation where we can come to you
- We learn about your organisation and the specific requirements of your project
- We guide you through the relevant legal process and support you in any way we can