Legal Support

Lawyers Craig Hong and Robert Lamb understand that legal requirements for mining and resources business leaders are varied and complex, involving wide‑ranging considerations that can impact significantly on both their business interests and personal lives.  

Craig and Robert constantly strive for legal excellence, balanced with practicality that takes into consideration the interaction of the law with business and the achievement of commercial goals.

Ours is a collaborative approach where the specific needs of our clients are considered first and foremost. We consider ourselves part of a team that includes you, your accountant, financial adviser and others, professionals who are each dedicated to sharing specialist knowledge towards seamless, integrated solutions that deliver the best possible outcomes for our clients.

Thorough and well-informed consideration is required for business structures, business transactions, compliance and contracts.  Common legal considerations for Mining and Resources consultancies and businesses include:

  • Business structures
  • Trusts
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Commercial contracts including lease agreements and bank guarantees
  • Business succession and business acquisition
  • Buy-sell agreements
  • Corporate finance and governance
  • Shareholder agreements and partnership arrangements
  • Directors’ and officers’ duties and liabilities advice
  • Insurance
  • Resolution of shareholder disputes

Mining and Resources business sector contracts can be complex and ambiguous. Contacts law services range from drafting contracts, assisting negotiations and advice for contractual disputes and recovery of damages.

  • Employment & Enterprise Bargaining agreements
  • Contacts of Sale
  • Supply Contracts
  • Consultancy Agreements
  • Confidentiality/non‑disclosure agreements
  • Management Agreements
  • Conduct and compensation Agreements
  • Offset Agreements
  • Hire purchase and Lease Agreements
  • Loan agreements, Guarantees and Securities
  • Joint Venture Agreements
  • Subcontracts

Our role is to efficiently assert our clients’ rights in matters of litigation and dispute resolution to deliver outcomes quickly to minimise expense and disturbance.

  • Commercial disputes
  • General and indemnity insurance policy disputes
  • Employment disputes
  • Building disputes
  • Commercial and consumer tribunal disputes
  • Disciplinary hearings
  • Debt recovery

As specialist industrial relations and employment lawyers, we provide legal advice and guidance for clients, employees and employers in the mining and resources sectors.

  • Interpretation and upholding the Fair Work Act
  • Preparation and/or review of employment contracts, particularly for executive personnel
  • Advice regarding the rights and obligations of employers and employees
  • Employee disputes and resolutions
  • Legal advice and recommendations for protection or defence from unlawful dismissal claims
  • Drafting workplace policies and procedures for important workplace matters including:
    • Equal opportunity
    • Sexual Harassment
    • Dismissal
    • Discipline
    • Internet Usage
    • Advice regarding employee grievances and claims of workplace bullying


Wills, trusts and estate planning structures are important for high earning individuals and business owners in the mining and resources sectors and particularly for those who may live and work overseas.

  • Wills including International Wills
  • Testamentary Trusts
  • Family Trusts
  • Super Proceeds Trusts
  • Asset Holding Structures
  • Corporate Structures
  • Business succession agreements
  • Binding financial and co‑habitation agreements
  • Appointment of guardians for children & guardian guidelines
  • Memorandum of Wishes
  • Enduring Powers of Attorney
  • Advance Health Directives
  • Advice regarding superannuation entitlements & binding death benefit nominations
  • Estate disputes and resolution

we understand

Trusted legal strategies and advice

We understand legal requirements for mining and resources business owners can be complex and varied.

Craig Hong

Since 2004, Craig Hong has honed his expertise advising business owners and individuals in the mining and resources sectors across a spectrum of often complex legal matters. Known for his commercial pragmatism, Craig is able to develop effective strategies and practical solutions to achieve client objectives.

Robert Lamb

Robert is a civil litigator with over 20 years’ experience. A highly credentialed and practised legal adviser, Rob has worked with Mining and Resources business owners, professionals and executives for more than 15 years and is perhaps best known for his communication skills.

Why choose us

Legal support

Hillhouse Legal Partners have more than 30 years tenure that includes legal advice and representation for mining and resources sector business owners and industry personnel.



A decade of collaborative experience



Over 30years legal tenure

Liability limited by a scheme approved under professional standards legislation.

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