About Coffee Conversations

Coffee Conversations is a series where UQ students can speak to expert guests working in the law profession. Encouraged to speak openly and answer any questions students might have, Coffee Conversationalists bring a wealth of experience, knowledge and surprising relatability to these sessions. Submit your questions anonymously before the session below, or speak directly to the guest live! Whatever you do, be sure to grab a cuppa and join us! 

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Registered guests will receive an online link before the event starts, and a reminder to tune in.

About the speaker

Gavin Scott is a corporate partner at Norton Rose Fulbright Australia who specialises in the approval, development and operation of natural resources projects. His clients have included BHP, Shell, Tri-Star Petroleum, Jemena, Anglo America, Queensland Government, APA, AGL and Stockland.

Gavin is a well-recognised expert in developing strategies to manage social, human rights and governance risks to projects, particularly those related to community impact, native title / first nations issues and cultural heritage.

With over 20 years' experience developing natural resources projects in Australia, PNG and Indonesia, and his unique Aboriginal land law and cultural heritage expertise – he had made a name for himself having received multiple nominations and awards (see below).

Gavin SCott


Gavin is well known for developing innovative solutions to facilitate community engagement, land access and native title approvals. He also has expertise in formulating engagement strategies with Government departments and pastoral landowners. His practice also extends to advising clients on modern slavery obligations, human rights, anti-bribery and corruption, and governance structures for the delivery of benefits to impacted communities.

Rankings and recognitions

  • Best Lawyers Australia – Lawyer of the Year, Mining Law 2018 and Lawyer of the Year, Natural Resources 2013.
  • Best Lawyers Australia – Leading individual in mining, oil and gas, native title and natural resources 2013 – 2017.
  • Chambers Asia-Pacific – ranked for native title 2013 to 2017.
  • Who's Who legal Australia 2017 – one of only two practitioners in Australia noted in premier category for native title.
  • Winner "Best Article" Australian Resources and Energy Law Journal 2016 "The new reality for major projects: Working with FPIC in the resources sector".