M Watts Legal provides full service to proponents in identifying, managing and resolving heritage issues in a sensitive and effective way.  Heritage issues require a careful balance between recognising the importance of, and protecting heritage sites, as well as finding a way for projects to proceed.


M Watts Legal acts on behalf of project proponents in:

  • Providing a range of commercial assistance:
    • Heritage agreements;
    • Legislation advice including the State and Commonwealth heritage legislation and heritage legislation compliance issues, section 18 and 16 applications;
    • Strategic advice including in relation to Native Title Act and heritage legislation and land access processes; and
  • Providing litigation support (National Native Title Tribunal, Federal Court and Supreme Court proceedings) – see by way of recent example Robinson v Fielding [2015] WASC 198 where M Watts Legal acted on behalf of the Pilbara Ports Authority in this seminal Aboriginal heritage matter.

M Watts Legal’s clients include local and international blue chip mining proponents, junior miners and explorers, petroleum proponents, government authorities, industry representative groups.