Bruce Adkins Partner

Meet Bruce

Bruce is a partner in our Energy & Natural Resources group, and has more than 25 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 energy and resources 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 in the Lawyer’s Weekly 2017 and 2018 Partner of the Year Awards for ‘Projects, Energy and Resources Partner of the Year’ and ‘Mergers and Acquisitions Partner of the Year’.  He was also crowned as the 2018 Brisbane Energy Law 'Lawyer of the Year‘.

According to the Asia Pacific Legal 500 Guide, 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.


Best Lawyer – Mining Law, Oil and Gas Law and Energy Law
Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2013 – 2020
Best Lawyer – Natural Resources Law
Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2014 – 2020
Leading Individual – Energy & Natural Resources: Mining
Chambers Global and Chambers Asia Pacific, 2013 - 2020
Energy Law ‘Lawyer of the Year’, Brisbane
Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2018
Projects, Energy and Resources Partner of the Year (FINALIST)
Lawyers Weekly 2017 and 2018 Partner of the Year Awards
Mergers and Acquisitions Partner of the Year (FINALIST)
Lawyers Weekly 2017 and 2018 Partner of the Year Awards
Leading Energy and Resources Lawyer
Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2012 - 2019
Leading Energy & Resources Lawyer – Queensland
Doyles Guide, 2016 - 2019
WINNER - M&A Lawyer of the Year – Australia
Corporate Livewire Legal Awards 2016

Career & qualifications


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


  • Queensland Law Society - Mining and Resources
  • AMPLA Limited - The Resources and Energy Law Association

Insights Read more insight

JWS trusted with Peabody’s sale of Broadmeadow East Coal Project

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New disqualification process for applicants for, and transferees of, Queensland resource tenements

Amendments to the Mineral and Energy Resources (Common Provisions) Act 2014 (Qld) (MERCP Act) will introduce a new disqualification process for applicants for new resource tenements, and...

New change-of-control rules for Queensland resource tenements

The Mineral and Energy Resources and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2020 (Qld) (MEROLA) will introduce new rules applying to the transfer of resource tenements and the change of control of a...