On Friday 20th May the Adelaide Law Masters Program and The Law Society of SA jointly hosted a one-day Conference on Mining Law. This was the second in the series of joint conferences held between the two institutions, after the successful PPSA conference in May 2010, and which are a prelude to an Adelaide Law Masters course on the subject.
The President of the Law Society Ralph Bonig opened the day with a speech emphasising the importance of mining to South Australia. The papers were given on a range of issues of interest to mining law practitioners, with speakers drawn from Adelaide Law School and the legal profession, and each session chaired by an expert in the relevant field.
Dr Alex Wawryk from Adelaide Law School opened proceedings with a paper on the 2010 amendments to the Mining Act, and Pat Amey of Wright Chambers, formerly Senior Mining Warden, spoke about recent developments in legislation and case law. Tanya Denning of Blake Dawson delivered a concise and informative paper on exploration and mining tenements. Part of the day was devoted to environmental and native title issues, with Paul Leadbeter of Adelaide Law School analysing environmental protection laws affecting mining, and Ross Bradley, Special counsel to Finlaysons, presenting a paper on native title agreements and negotiations.
Other papers focussed on specialised issues relating to mining, including Leanne McClurg from Piper Alderman discussing the application of the new Personal Property Securities legislation to mining, Mr Jeremy Schultz from Finlaysons giving a presentation on Applications for Overseas Investment into Mining Projects, and Paul Bradley of Finlaysons speaking about Joint Venture Agreements. All the papers were high quality, reflecting the expertise of the speakers.
The conference was a great success, drawing about 60 attendees from industry, the legal profession, academia and government.