Expressions of Interest – Solicitor and Senior Associate

Finance, Projects & Restructuring

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Finance, Projects & Restructuring


Perth, Australia



The role

What are you doing today?

At the moment we are:

  • Supporting the structuring and development of the world’s most exciting lithium project in one of Africa’s more challenging jurisdictions
  • Closing the financing on Australia’s first green hydrogen pilot plant
  • Assisting with the development, financing and construction of a fully integrated gas production, renewable energy generation and urea conversion project
  • Scoping issues for the roll-out of a steel-makers green-steel vision in Australia and elsewhere
  • Seeking the free, prior informed consent of an Aboriginal community to one of Australia’s most exciting nickel-copper deposits
  • Acting in Supreme Court proceedings to resolve a boundary dispute in respect of an iron ore resource dating back to the very beginning or WA’s iron ore industry
  • Preparing an IPO to raise funds to assess the feasibility of recommissioning of gold assets
  • Supporting the issue of Nordic bonds to fund the development of a mining project in WA
  • Securing port capacity for a small private iron ore operation to take advantage of the prevailing iron ore price
  • Resolving objections before the Mining Warden to the grant with the grant of some of WA’s biggest mining leases for a new solar salt project
  • Assisting with the global expansion of one of Australia’s leading mining contractors
  • Supporting administrators on the management and sale of a distressed mining asset
  • Drafting the Somali Mining Act and Regulations
  • Securing battery mineral supply chains across Australia and Africa for a new battery chemicals plant in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; and
  • Formulating land access strategy for one of Australia’s leading green hydrogen proponents

The Energy & Natural Resources team at DLA Piper in Perth supports clients with the acquisition, structuring, feasibility assessment, funding, development and operation of mining and energy projects. We look after a large stable of ASX listed and unlisted Australian companies on domestic and offshore projects and we assist foreign companies with inbound investment into Australia. We also join cross-border teams on some of the most exciting projects around the world.

We are looking to grow the team to take advantage of current opportunities.

We need people who:

  • Have an interest in the Energy & Natural Resources Sector
  • Are team players who will bring energy to the role and share in the excitement of new engagements
  • Understands that being a good lawyer is not merely about knowing the law but is about being client focused and understanding the client’s business; and
  • Have strong written and verbal communication skills

If career path is what you are looking for then look no further. We have an established track record of nurturing talent. All of our partners secured their first partnership opportunity here at DLA Piper. One of them is now the Global Co-Chair of Energy & Natural Resources and one if the International Sustainability and ESG Lead. But they both started out as junior lawyers in the team. Our future leaders will be home grown talent.

The opportunities you will enjoy with the team in Perth are possible because we are DLA Piper. With offices in 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, DLA Piper has the strongest geographic coverage of any law firm. DLA Piper’s global footprint means that it is the perfect platform for a Perth based Energy & Natural Resources team. The global economy will experience radical change as the world’s transition to clean energy accelerates. The energy transition will see unprecedented demand for mineral resources to support electrification. Western Australia will retain its lead role supplying mineral resources and LNG to the world but also emerge as a leading exporter of clean energy. And the Western Australian industry will export its know-how to the world. The Energy & Natural Resources team at DLA Piper is already part of that journey.

At DLA Piper, we strive to be the world’s leading global business law firm.

In everything we do connected with our People, our Clients and our Communities, we strive to:

  • Be Supportive – we are compassionate and inclusive, valuing diversity and acting thoughtfully
  • Be Collaborative – we are proactive, passionate team players investing in our relationships
  • Be Bold – we are fearless and inquisitive, challenging ourselves to think big and find creative new solutions
  • Be Exceptional – we are strategic and driven, exceeding standards and expectations

At DLA Piper, diversity and inclusion underpins how we live our values and everything we do.  We believe that everyone has a voice, and that everyone’s voice counts. We know that the rich diversity across our firm makes us stronger, more innovative and creative, which helps us to better serve our clients and communities. Diversity of perspective, thought, background and culture combine to make us the leading global law firm; that’s why we actively seek to build balanced teams.

Come and be a part of our journey.