Dominic McGann > McCullough Robertson > Brisbane, Australia > Lawyer Profile

McCullough Robertson
66 EAGLE STREET
BRISBANE, QLD 4000
Australia

Work Department

Projects

Position

Chairman of Partners

Career

Dominic is one of Australia’s leading authorities on native title and cultural heritage.  He is ranked in Band 1 in Chambers Asia Pacific and is listed in Best Lawyers Australia. 

He joined McCullough Robertson in 1996 after holding prominent positions with the Queensland Government for seven years and is one of a few lawyers in Queensland with a combination of significant senior government as well as private practice experience. 

His positions with the Queensland Government included Program Director of the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Land Interests Program with the then Department of Lands. 

When it comes to native title and cultural heritage, his is across all aspects of this area of law.  As well as advising resource and infrastructure companies, he advises local Aboriginal Shire Councils, particularly around social infrastructure issues in the communities, which are generally in remote parts of Australia. He participates in the ‘Yarning Up’ initiative, which is helping to close the gap for the remote Indigenous community of Lockhart River by identifying a number of potential business opportunities designed to generate jobs and income.

Dominic holds the leadership role of Chairman of Partners.

Dominic’s key experience includes: 

  1. Queensland Government – acting for the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads in relation to the upgrade of the Peninsula Developmental Road and the Gateway Upgrade North Project in Queensland
  2. Frasers Property – acting for Frasers Property on the native title and cultural heritage issues associated with the Ripley Valley Development. This is a highly unusual matter that involves a very rare example of a piece of Aboriginal heritage under the Queensland Heritage Act 1992 (Qld) (Aboriginal heritage otherwise appearing within a native title context)
  3. Metro Mining – acting for Metro Mining, leading the native title and Indigenous landholder negotiations and was successful in developing the first agreement in Cape York for some time for Metro’s new mining project
  4. Senex Energy – advising this publicly listed and diversified Australian energy company with a long-standing history in the oil and gas industry, on its gas interests in the southwest region of Queensland
  5. Nyamal People – acting for the Nyamal People in WA in their pursuit of a native title determination in the Federal Court and advising on a significant negotiation with Pilbara Minerals in relation to the Pilgangoora Project, and
  6. Traditional Owners of the land of Mer – acting for some of the underlying owners of the land of Mer in an action against the actual body that holds the native title on behalf of all of the Traditional Owners of the Island.

Memberships

Queensland Law Society
Law Council of Australia

Director of Flagship Investments Ltd
Director Australian National Development Index
Chair Brisbane Writers Festival

Education

Bachelor of Laws (Hons) – Queensland University of Technology
Master of Laws – Trade Practices and Administrative Law – University of Sydney
Master of Laws – Dispute Resolution and International Transactions – Bond University

Lawyer Rankings

Australia > Natural resources (transactions and regulatory)

One of Australia’s largest teams, McCullough Robertson has deep experience of supporting domestic and international clients on the full range of issues surrounding the mining sector. As well as assisting on joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, it provides regulatory, FIRB, tax, environmental and native title expertise. Damien Clarke and Louise Horrocks in Brisbane head the practice which includes Dominic McGannPatrick Holland and Liam Davis.