Queensland Law Society

New ‘Land Access’ directory helps landholders find specialist lawyers

Queensland Law Society and State Government have launched an online directory hub for landholders to easily locate specialist lawyers to help negotiate land access deals with commercial operators and strike compensation agreements.

Society president Bill Potts said the directory served as a “starting place" for landholders approached by resource tenement holders and who are seeking experienced practitioners to assist in negotiations to reach mutually acceptable compensation agreements.

“QLS, in consultation with the Department of Natural Resources and Mines, has developed a ‘Land Access Hub’ which is available free of charge via the Society’s website," Mr Potts said.

“The Hub serves as a starting place for landholders who have been approached by resource tenement holders, and who are seeking information about finding experienced practitioners who can assist them.

“The Hub is a resource for landholders (owners or occupiers) who want to find experienced practitioners who can help in any ensuing land access and compensation negotiations."

The QLS’s “Find a Solicitor’’ referral list now includes practitioners with the requisite experience to assist landholders under the “Natural Resources and Mining – Land Access” category.

Mr Potts said practitioners listed on the Hub’s directory will have a minimum five years’ experience advising clients in negotiating land access agreements and compensation pursuant to the Mineral and Energy Resources (Common Provisions) Act 2014 and its predecessor Acts (particularly the Mineral Resources Act 1989, the Petroleum Act 1923 and the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004) and “make good agreements” under Division 3 of the Water Act 2000.

“The referral list is free to join and is an opportunity for practitioners to broaden their client base, as well as playing an important part in contributing to the Society’s efforts to support Queensland’s rural community," Mr Potts said.

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For further information, please contact Tony Keim on 07 3842 5835, mobile 0488 433 884 or via email, media@qls.com.au.