Bruce Adkins Partner

Bruce is a partner in our Energy & Natural Resources group, and has almost 30 years' experience in M&A and project development in the resources sector. 

He is widely regarded by clients and peers as one of the leading energy and resources lawyers in Australia, and is best known for his expertise in mining sector M&A and project development. 

Bruce has been involved in negotiating and documenting new resources and infrastructure joint ventures, the sale and purchase of major mining, transport, energy and industrial assets, the development of new projects, and the negotiation and documentation of high value procurement and supply contracts.

Bruce was a finalist for:

  • Dealmaker of the Year in the Australian Law Awards 2020 and 2021
  • Projects, Energy and Resources Partner of the Year in the Lawyer’s Weekly 2017, 2018, 2020 and 2021 Partner of the Year Awards
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Partner of the Year in the Lawyer’s Weekly 2017 and 2018 Partner of the Year Awards

Bruce is ranked as a leading Energy & Resources lawyer in all of the major legal guides – Chambers Global, Chambers Asia-Pacific, Asia Pacific Legal 500 and Doyles.

According to APL 500, Bruce is ‘very smart, very commercial’ and is ‘one of the best’ and ‘a great lateral thinker’.



MACH Energy

Advised in relation to the A$320 million acquisition of the Mt Pleasant Coal Project from Rio Tinto, and the $500 million development of the new Mt Pleasant coal mine.

Gold Road

Part of the team which advised Gold Road on its A$350 million sale of a 50% interest in the Gruyere gold project to Gold Fields and the establishment of the new joint venture.


Australian counsel for Centerra in relation to its C$310 million acquisition of TSX listed AuRico Metals Inc.

New Gold

Part of the team which advised Canadian gold miner New Gold on the C$58 million sale of their Peaks mine to Aurelia Metals.


Advised in relation to the acquisition of the Western Surat Gas Project from QGC, CNOOC and Tokyo Gas.

Bowen Coking Coal

Advised in relation to its acquisition of the Isaac River coal exploration project from Aquila Resources.

Peabody and CITIC

Advised Peabody and CITIC in relation to the A$120 million sale of the Olive Downs and Willunga coal projects to Pembroke Resources (an investment vehicle of Denham Capital).


Advised in relation to the sale of the Burton coal mine to New Hope and Formosa.

Stanmore Coal

Advised in relation to various aspects of the re-start of the Isaac Plains coal mine, including advice in relation to the rail haulage agreement, water arrangements, export coal supply contracts and other matters.


Advised in relation to the proposed sale of the Metropolitan coal mine to South32 for US$200 million plus a contingent payment based on future coal prices.

Bowen Coking Coal

Advised in relation to its farm-in and joint venture with Sumitomo in connection with the Hillalong coal project.

Administrators of Bandanna Energy

Advised the Administrators in relation to the sale of the Springsure Creek, Arcadia and Planet Creek coal projects to Adamelia Resources.

Receivers of LakeCoal and Fassi Coal

Advised the Receivers on the sale of the Chain Valley coal mine to Delta Electricity.


Career & qualifications


  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Queensland University of Technology


  • Queensland Law Society
  • AMPLA Limited 

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