Rick Malone Consultant

Meet Rick

Rick is an energy, resources and infrastructure lawyer with over 30 years' experience across most aspects of the law.

He specialises in resource and energy developments, major contracts and contractual disputes, project approvals (including government, native title, land access and environment), port and rail access and project strategy.

He also has considerable experience in large scale infrastructure projects including aluminium, magnetite, gold, bauxite, mineral sands, coal, diamonds, iron ore, gas and steel plants, mining plant, port infrastructure and operations, power stations, and railways.

Rick has been involved in the development, construction and operation of numerous mines, including Argyle, Brockman, Cowal, Channar, Eastern Range, Marandoo, Nammuldi, Yandicoogina, West Angelas, Buzwagi, Bulyanhulu, Madagascar and Sino Iron. His practice also extends to international marketing, shipping and supply agreements. Much of this knowledge has been acquired from the variety of diverse roles he has held across his career, including eight years with a major international resources group where he was involved in the construction, development and operation of large scale mining projects in Western Australia.

Rick has also had substantial commercial experience having been Project Controller of a project management team, Commercial Legal Manager of an operating mine; and having acted as Counsel on a wide range of matters including joint ventures and management agreements.

He was listed as a leading lawyer in the area of Energy, Resources and Infrastructure by Asia Pacific Legal 500 2013.



Barrick Gold

In relation to its operations and new mining developments at Cowal NSW and Bulyanhulu, Buzwagi and Tulawaka in Tanzania; and advising in respect of its various Joint Ventures.

Bauxite Resources Ltd

Advising BRL in relation to its Bauxite Resources Joint Venture and Alumina Refinery Joint Venture with Yankuang Group Ltd.

BC Iron

Advising in relation to its rail and port haulage agreements. Advising in relation to acquisition of part of a joint venture from FMG.

CITIC Pacific

Advising on its new magnetite project at Cape Lambert including supply, power, gas, transshipment, native title, Aboriginal Heritage Act, Environmental Protection Act, ILUA's etc.

FerrAus Ltd, Brockman Resources and Atlas Iron

Advising in relation to rail haulage from BHPB Iron Ore and access generally.

Northern Minerals

Negotiation of a comprehensive coexistence and compensation agreement with the Jaru People (represented by KRED Enterprises Pty Ltd) for their consent to the grant of Northern Mineral’s mining lease in the Kimberley.

Rio Tinto Iron Ore

Advising on the construction and development of Hamersley’s Brockman, Channar, Eastern Range Project, Yandi expansion, Nammuldi BOO, Port Upgrades, Hope Downs and Mesa J; and Hamersley in respect of its Brownfields expansion; advising in relation to its gas and electricity requirements for its power station and mines.

Sandfire Resources Ltd

Advising on various aspects of its DeGrussa Mine development.


Ranked as a leading Energy, Resources & Infrastructure lawyer in
Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2015
Listed as a leading lawyer in Construction/Infrastructure Law
Best Lawyers Australia, 2017 - 2020
Listed as a leading lawyer in Mining Law
Best Lawyers Australia, 2016 - 2020
Listed as a leading lawyer in Natural Resources Law
Best Lawyers Australia 2014 - 2020

Career & qualifications


  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelor of Jurisprudence
  • Bachelor of Commerce