Mr Michael MacGinley > Corrs Chambers Westgarth > Brisbane, Australia > Lawyer Profile

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

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Climate Change and Energy & Resources.




Michael is the best of the best and has been recognised as “Brisbane’s Best Natural Resources Lawyer” by his peers. A specialist energy and resources practitioner, Michael is also a recognised expert in mining, electricity and gas, and an authority on climate change matters including the proposed Carbon Pricing Mechanism. With more than two decades of excellence under his belt, Michael has led some of the largest and most complex transactions in the energy sector. His client list boasts some of Australia’s major companies and he advises on a range of matters including project structuring and development, mergers and acquisitions and the negotiation of complex commercial agreements.


Australian Mining and Petroleum Law Association (AMPLA) President (2011-present) Infrastructure Partnerships Australia, Energy Taskforce Member Queensland Resources Council Member Queensland Petroleum Exploration Association Member Australia Petroleum Production and Exploration Association Member.

Lawyer Rankings

Australia > Energy (transactions and regulatory)

(Leading individuals)

Michael MacGinleyCorrs Chambers Westgarth

In 2020, Corrs Chambers Westgarth expanded its practice with the recruitment of Anthony Arrow from Pinsent Masons LLP and Trevor Thomas from HWL Ebsworth. The newly bolstered group is well-known for advising on complex transactions and project development negotiations, both in the private and public sector. Brisbane partner Michael MacGinley specialises in mining, oil & gas, utilities and renewables matters. Peter Jarosek in Perth is noted for his expertise in major oil & gas and mining ventures, with a particular focus on corporate matters. Associate Franka Cheung is another core member of the practice. Since publication, the team welcomed Tracey Greenaway and Anthony Lepere in its Perth and Melbourne offices respectively. Greenaway who has particular strength in LNG projects, joint ventures and gas sales and purchase agreements joined from Allens, and Lepere who specialises in corporate and project development in the energy and resources sector joined from Shearman & Sterling LLP in London.

Australia > Natural resources (transactions and regulatory)

With its main offices in Brisbane and Perth, Corrs Chambers Westgarth primarily advises clients on corporate transactions and regulatory matters in the mining sector. Brisbane partner Michael MacGinley has considerable strength in mining, oil and gas, utilities and renewable transactions and project development. In Perth, Peter Jarosek stands out for his expertise in multibillion-dollar oil & gas and mining ventures. Vaughan Mills focuses on natural resources and infrastructure projects, particularly in Papua New Guinea where he is a qualified lawyer. Anthony Arrow joined the firm from Pinsent Masons LLP in July 2020, followed by Tracey Greenaway (Perth) who joined from Allens and Anthony Lepere (Melbourne) who joined from Shearman & Sterling LLP in January 2022.