Australia: Native Title Law 2018

In this chapter we recognise 12 excellent lawyers who stand out for their impressive work handling native title and land claims, the negotiation and drafting of indigenous land agreements, related dispute resolution and cultural heritage protection matters. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Philip Hunter HWL Ebsworth, Brisbane
2. Jonathan Fulcher HopgoodGanim Lawyers, Brisbane


International law firm Ashurst performs well this year, achieving two nominations in this chapter.
Geoff Gishubl stands out in the native title law space according to respondents who praise his superb work representing governments and large energy and mining companies. 
Tony Denholder is an energy and natural resources specialist who is commended by peers for his strong understanding of native title law.

Philip Hunter at HWL Ebsworth is a widely respected figure in the Australian market. According to sources he “really knows his stuff” when it comes to native title law and is “a pleasure to deal with”.

At HopgoodGanim Lawyers, Jonathan Fulcher is a standout name in the native title arena and is particularly recognised by peers for his excellent work on behalf of indigenous groups.

Gavin Scott at Norton Rose Fulbright comes highly recommended by market sources for his adept handling of cultural heritage and native title matters on behalf of companies across the energy and natural resources sector.

Gilbert + Tobin’s Marshall McKenna is a top-tier litigator who continues to impress peers with his expert handling of environmental, native title and planning disputes.

Ben Zillmann at Allens is “a very experienced native title practitioner” according to sources who commend his first-rate work on native title agreements and project management plans.

Scott Singleton at King & Wood Mallesons gains recognition for his extensive experience in the native title space, an area in which he is considered one of the leading names in the market.

Holding Redlich’s Jenny Humphris is a well-known name in the Australian market and is recognised this year for her outstanding work advising governments and developers on native title and cultural heritage matters.

Andrew Chalk at Chalk & Behrendt receives plaudits from market sources who highly recommend him for his work representing indigenous organisations in native title claims.  

At McCullough Robertson, Dominic McGann is a top name in the native title law field, where he stands out for his deep knowledge and vast experience dealing with a wide array of cultural heritage matters.

Oliver Gilkerson at Gilkerson Legal wins high praise from sources for his first-class practice that encompasses native title agreements, compensation and cultural heritage matters.

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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