Ashley Watson

Partner

Profile

Ashley’s extensive experience is Australia wide and covers mining, oil and gas, extractive industry, electricity, waste management, wine making, brewing, hospitality, the automotive industry, telecommunications, tyre making, petroleum refining, steel making and many other industries, businesses, government and local government bodies.

Ashley advises resources and energy companies across Australia on all aspects of project development including regulatory approvals, tenements and environmental matters.

Ashley has particular expertise with Aboriginal and other land access, Native Title and Aboriginal heritage matters.

He advises on all aspects of environmental law compliance and breach including prosecutions and civil action.

Ashley conducts environmental, Native Title and regulatory due diligence for all types of corporate, property and business transactions.

He acts as an advisor to corporate, government and local government bodies and actively participates in policy advice and government lobbying processes.

He also advises on agribusiness and related activities primarily for the pastoral industry across Australia.

Ashley has extensive experience in advising local government authorities, particularly on project development, planning, regulatory and environmental issues.

He has established the Piper Alderman “LawLinx” computerised database for clients of the firm giving immediate access to the laws and documentation which govern their business activities.

Expertise

Recognition

Accolades

  • The Legal 500 Asia Pacific: Australia – Recommended for Energy (transactions and regulatory) – 2020 edition
  • Best Lawyers in Australia – ‘Lawyer of the Year’ for Planning and Environmental Law (Adelaide) – 2018
  • Best Lawyers in Australia – ‘Lawyer of the Year’ for Native Title (Adelaide) – 2020
  • Best Lawyers in Australia – Recognised for Commercial Law – Since 2019
  • Best Lawyers in Australia – Recognised for Mining Law – Since 2016
  • Best Lawyers in Australia – Recognised for Native Title – Since 2017
  • Best Lawyers in Australia – Recognised for Oil and Gas Law – Since 2019
  • Best Lawyers in Australia – Recognised for Planning and Environmental Law – Since 2013
  • Doyle’s Guide – Recommended Lawyer for Energy and Resources, Adelaide – 2016
  • Doyle’s Guide – Recommended Lawyer for Planning and Environment, Adelaide – 2019
  • Doyle’s Guide – Recommended Lawyer for Agribusiness, Adelaide – 2019

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