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Jay Leary

Jay Leary


Jay is an energy, resources and infrastructure lawyer and is co-head of our global mining team.



Jay has particular expertise in iron ore, coal, coal seam gas, gold and copper; as well as ports, railways and pipelines.

Jay’s energy and resources experience includes acquisitions and sales (private M&A), joint ventures, project development (including EPC and EPCM agreements and procurement contracts), operation and maintenance (including O&M agreements, contract mining agreements and gas transportation agreements), commodity sales agreements and agency agreements.

Jay’s port and rail experience includes acquisitions and sales (private M&A), access regimes, State agreements, rail and port agreements, infrastructure leases, rail and port development and expansion, rail connection agreements, rail user funding arrangements, rail haulage agreements, supply chain coordination arrangements, port authority rules, marine and channel arrangements.

His experience also includes:

  • Rio Tinto Iron Ore as principal adviser on the $1.4 billion upgrade of the Dampier Port and the $800 million upgrade of Cape Lambert
  • Queensland Resources Council as principal adviser on the Queensland Rail Access Undertaking, including developing a user funding model, standard access agreements and a connection agreement
  • Rio Tinto Iron Ore as principal adviser on the development expansion of mines including Eastern Range, Yandi, Brockman, Tom Price and West Angelas
  • Santos as principal adviser on the Gladstone Liquefied Natural Gas project’s development, including upstream coal seam gas fields, pipeline, LNG trains and port development
  • InterGen as principal adviser on a merchant, project-financed greenfield 800MW gas-fired combined-cycle gas turbine power station in Singapore


Jay is a graduate of the Murdoch University School of Law in Perth. He was previously the associate to Justice Carr in the Federal Court of Australia.

Jay is considered one of the leading resources and infrastructure lawyers. He is the global co-head of HSF’s mining practice. He is also the joint global relationship partner for BHP Billiton and South32. He is recognised by Best Lawyers in numerous areas (2009 to 2016) and best lawyer in a number of those years, ALB, IFLR, Chambers and Co (Leading and Up and Coming categories), Doyle’s Guide (Pre-eminent category), and ILC as Australian energy and resources lawyer of the year 2011. 

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