James Marshall Partner

James is a leading energy and resources lawyer, with experience in advising on corporate and commercial matters for ASX listed companies and private companies.

He also has extensive experience with non-energy related corporate dealings, including the preparation and negotiation of a broad range of commercial documents and involvement in public securities offerings.

James is ranked as a leading Energy and Natural Resources lawyer by Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2018.  He is also recognised as a leading lawyer in Mining, Natural Resources and Oil & Gas Law by Best Lawyers Australia since 2014.


Energy and Resources

Cooper Energy Ltd

Advising on its acquisition of a 65% interest in the BMG joint venture from Beach Energy and Roc Oil, and acting in connection with the proposed divestment of its Tunisian petroleum interests.

Ambassador Oil & Gas Ltd

Acting in connection with a farmout transaction with New Standard Energy, and advising on and documenting the acquisition of petroleum interests in South Australia, Queensland and the United States.

Santos Ltd

Acting in connection with the restructure of its Central Asian petroleum interests, and advising on and documenting the acquisition of petroleum interests in the Kyrgyz Republic, together with the joint venture arrangements necessary to give effect to that acquisition.

Senex Energy Ltd

Advising on and documenting an agreement with the South Australian Government under which a scheme was established for the issue of retention licences in place of various Cooper Basin exploration licences.

Mitsubishi Corporation

Acting in relation to its Port Bonython diesel tank terminal development project.

Papua New Guinean Government

Acting in relation to the revision of Papua New Guinea’s onshore and offshore mining legislation, which revision also involved a comprehensive review of, and drafting of amendments to, the PNG Petroleum Act for the purpose of ensuring consistency of approach to the regulation of petroleum and mining in PNG.


Scotts Agencies

Acting in connection with the sale of its fuel business to Caltex Australia Petroleum.

Ambassador Oil & Gas Ltd

Acting in connection with the off-market takeover offers by Drillsearch Energy and Magnum Hunter Resources.

Stuart Petroleum Ltd

Off-market takeover by Senex Energy Ltd.

Adelaide Energy Ltd

Acting in connection with its on-market takeover offer by Beach Energy.


Career & qualifications


  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Adelaide
  • Bachelor of Economics (Accounting), University of Adelaide
  • Graduate Diploma (Legal Practice), University of South Australia


  • Australian Mining and Petroleum Law Association
  • Law Society of South Australia

International experience

  • Acted for the PNG Government in the rewrite of its mining legislation
  • Acted in respect of asset acquisitions in New Zealand, USA, Madagascar, PNG, Kigzstan, Tajikistan and Japan