George Croft Partner

Meet George

George is a commercial dispute resolution lawyer with a particular focus on clients in the mining, oil & gas and electricity sectors.

He has broad experience across those sectors, and has acted for and advised large multinational oil & gas companies, domestic mining companies and various contractors and service providers to producers.

George has considerable experience in construction disputes and joint venture disputes, as well as advising electricity generators and retailers in operational matters and supply-side issues with fuel producers. He also advises mining companies and onshore producers regarding land access and native title issues.

Experience

General

Horizon Power

Acted in Supreme Court of Western Australia litigation with former head contractor of Karratha component of Pilbara Underground Power Project.

BC Iron Ltd

Acted in Supreme Court of Western Australia litigation against its former mining services contractor, Watpac (including two initial adjudications under the Construction Contracts Act 2004).

Multinational offshore drilling contractor

Acted in domestic arbitration concerning various claims and applicable rates under drilling contract.

Total E&P Australia

Acted in relation to large-scale construction disputes and joint venture issues in Australia.

Cooper Energy

Acted in LCIA arbitration with former joint venture participants concerning JOA obligations following withdrawal from JV in Tunisia.

ASX-listed copper/gold producer

Acted in relation to multiple disputes with State regarding royalty calculations and assessments.

Price reviews

Acted for buyers in multiple confidential price review processes with sellers under significant long term gas supply contracts.

AWE (subsidiary of Mitsui & Co. Ltd)

Acted on various matters concerning land access and compensation with private landowners including native title issues.

Eastern Field Developments Ltd

Acting in judicial review proceedings in Federal Court from review decision of the Australian Takeover’s Panel concerning off-market bid for all shares in Finders Resources Ltd.

Quintis Ltd (subject to a DOCA)

Acting for the company, on instruction of insures, in defending two funded shareholder class actions brought in the Federal Court of Australia.

Career & qualifications

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws (First Class Hons)
  • Bachelor of Arts

Memberships

  • Australian Mining and Petroleum Lawyers’ Association – WA State Committee Member

International experience

  • Worked on international disputes where the relevant projects have been located in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
  • Secondment within the Australian office of one of the world’s largest oil & gas companies, TOTAL S.A.

Insights Read more insight

Guaranteeing payment under an unconditional bank guarantee: Santos v BNP Paribas

The Queensland Court of Appeal last week upheld a decision that a demand for payment under an unconditional bank guarantee was invalid because it failed to state expressly that it had been signed...

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Consequential loss revisited: Regional Power v Pacific Hydro Group [2013] WASC 356

In the October 2013 issue of Acumen, we gave an overview of the divergence in approach of courts in England, Australia and New Zealand in the interpretation of ...consequential... or ...indirect......

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News

External publications

  • G Croft, ‘The continuing saga of whether mining tenements fall within section 47B of the Native Title Act’ Australian Resources and Energy Law Journal (2018) 37(2)
  • G Croft, ‘Several decisions of the Mining Warden delivered in the last 12 months on applications for security for costs’ Australian Resources and Energy Law Journal (2017) 36(2)
  • G Croft, ‘Permission to enter the realm of native title law: Permits to enter when marking out’, Australian Resources and Energy Law Journal (2012) 31(3)