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.

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Australia > Energy (transactions and regulatory)

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Michael MacGinleyCorrs Chambers Westgarth

Corrs Chambers Westgarth has a strong presence in both Perth and Brisbane, regularly advising major energy suppliers on large-scale operations on both coasts. Additionally, the practice regularly acts for multinationals and on referrals from prominent international firms. Matters include oil and gas, LNG, and renewable energy projects and transactions, with the team also assisting clients with financing and capital raising. Perth’s Peter Jarosek co-heads the practice, and is involved in multi-billion-dollar oil and gas projects of considerable strategic importance. Brisbane co-head Michael MacGinley is highly experienced in major energy projects across Queensland. Melbourne-based senior partner Gavin MacLaren returned from Asia in 2020 and brings significant cross-border expertise in major oil and gas transactions, acting for corporates, multinationals, and private equity investors. Brisbane’s Joshua Paffey and Perth’s Russell Philip are also key members of the team and trusted advisors.

Australia > Natural resources (transactions and regulatory)

Corrs Chambers Westgarth‘s natural resources offering is spread across the key areas of Western Australia and Queensland, with significant bench strength in both Perth and Brisbane. The team acts for a number of major domestic and international mining and minerals companies (including a recent mandate from Rio Tinto) engaged in high-profile operations across Australia, as well as advising public sector bodies and governments. Melbourne-based senior partner Gavin MacLaren rejoined the Australian team from Asia in 2020, and has brought considerable transactional expertise to the team, regularly advising businesses and financial investors. Perth-based co-head Peter Jarosek is active in transactional and project-related work across the natural resources sector, while Brisbane co-head Michael MacGinley is recognised as a highly experienced advisor in a wide range of sector-crucial mining mandates. Also in Brisbane, Vaughan Mills has particular expertise in Papua New Guinea, having advised on deals and projects within the jurisdiction for over twenty years.