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FAL Lawyers have a significant reputation in advising on R&D within the mining sector. We have acted for leading mining companies, international consortia of miners, government agencies and CRCs over the last 20 years, advising on some of the most important research into exploration and extraction of resources as well as minimising environmental impact.

A key challenge faced by many mining companies is compliance with international export controls, in particular International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), on which we have developed specialist knowledge.

Our services to the mining sector:
  • Contracts & Agreements
  • Corporate Structuring / Transition
  • Corporate Governance
  • Grants / Capital Fund Raising
  • Employment
  • Mediation and Dispute Resolution
  • Intellectual Property
  • Information Technology
  • Patent & Technology Commercialisation
  • Trade Marks & Brand Strategy
  • IP Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Taxation Exemptions
  • Defence Export Controls
  • Customs & International Trade
Significant matters

Rio Tinto: FAL Lawyers advised in relation to the full gamut of agreements for technology innovation in the UK, the US and Australia, including joint ventures, research & development agreements, technology licensing, university research agreements, student agreements, confidentiality agreements and directors’ duties.

CRC Deep Exploration Technologies: FAL advised CRCDET on establishment and operation, including commercialisation of IP and licensing.

AMIRA: AMIRA is an international industry association which manages collaborative research for members in the global minerals industry. FAL Lawyers provided advice in relation to the full gamut of legal issues requiring external advice.

CSIRO: FAL Lawyers advised on commercial, IP, corporate governance and regulatory compliance matters in relation to Deep Sea Exploration technologies.

CRC Optimising Resource Extraction: FAL Lawyers advised CRC ORE on corporate governance, IP commercialisation, taxation and a wide range of other legal matters.

FAL advised on a broad suite of commercial and IP agreements in relation to Remote Operating Vehicles for use in the mining sector.

INAP: FAL Lawyers provided strategic advice and drafted collaboration agreements in relation to the establishment of the International Network for Acid Prevention (INAP), an organisation of international mining companies aiming to reduce liabilities associated with sulphide mine materials.

Advising a major mining company in relation to domestic and international export controls, including ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulation).

FAL assisted with uniting biodiversity regulations regarding exploration for natural resources, while also advising on compliance with WHO guidelines on biodiversity.