Special Counsel of the Year

Principal Partner


Tosin Aro

Special Counsel



Queensland University of Technology, University of Bristol

Construction and infrastructure, Corporate, Energy, Government, Litigation, Mining, Native title, Oil and gas, Projects

LLB (Hons) (Bristol); LLM (Bristol); LLB (QUT)

Law Society of Queensland

Queensland Resources Council (QRC), Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA), Australian Resources and Energy Law Association (AMPLA)

The complete victory we achieved in the Full Federal Court in December, on behalf of SWALSC, in McGlade (No 2). At issue were 10 applications for judicial review that sought to block the settlement (which is worth $1.3 billion to the Noongar people traditional owners, and is the largest Australia has ever seen) of all native title claims and compensation applications lodged on behalf of Noongar people over the last 25 years. After titanic struggles with the state throughout that period, serious and intensive (albeit often delicate) negotiations have meant that real and sustained outcomes in areas such as economic participation, health, education, housing and heritage protection (currently, a sensitive and topical issue in Western Australia) are tantalisingly close for all Noongars. The obstructionist efforts behind the judicial reviews, which are a last throw of the dice have been taken to the High Court, seek to derail the implementation of what many are calling the country’s first Aboriginal treaty, and must not be allowed to succeed. Last December’s victory sparked celebrations across south-west Western Australia. Victory in the High Court will trigger even greater joy. It has been a privilege to have been entrusted with this critically important work since we started ILUA drafting in late 2013.

If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time…

120 hours