George Croft Partner

Meet George

George is a dispute resolution lawyer who predominantly acts for clients in the mining, oil & gas and electricity sectors.

He has particular experience in construction, joint venture, off-take and royalty disputes in those sectors. He also regularly advises electricity generators and retailers in operational matters and supply-side issues with fuel producers.

George has spent time on secondment within the Perth office of the world’s fourth largest oil and gas company, TOTAL S.A., where he advised its Australian business regarding large-scale construction disputes on major LNG production and processing facilities.

Experience

General

Rio Tinto Ltd

Acted in Supreme Court of Western Australia proceedings against the Gorgon joint venture concerning the validity of a price review notice issued under a long-term GSA.

Mitsui & Co. Ltd

Acting for Mitsui Exploration and Production Australia in various disputes and land access issues for the Waitsia project in the Perth Basin in Western Australia.

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).

Sandfire Resources Ltd

Acted in Supreme Court of Western Australia proceedings against counterparty under a mineral royalty deed concerning various allegations of breach.

TOTAL E&P Australia

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

Cooper Energy Ltd

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

Eastern Field Developments Ltd

Acted 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.

Price reviews

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

Recognition

Listed as a leading lawyer in Litigation.
Best Lawyers 2021

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)