John Southalan

Street Address118 Railway Street, West Perth Western Australia 6005
Postal AddressPO Box 3248, East Perth Western Australia 6892
DX Address
Telephone(08) 9226 0358
Fax(08) 9486 7663
Year Admitted to Practice 1993 (WA)
Year Elected to WABA2014
Year Appointed QC/SC
QualificationsLLB (UWA), MBA in Mineral Resource Management (distinction) (Dundee)

John's practice at the bar is mainly in commercial and resources disputes and advice.  He started with Corrs Chambers Westgarth and has worked in areas of commercial law, administrative law, and human rights. He has experience in occupational health and safety in the resources sector and general commercial litigation. Since 1998 John’s work has particularly focused on mining and human rights issues, both as a practitioner and academic. John teaches two post-graduate courses: International and Comparative Mineral Law and Human Rights, Mining and Petroleum. His recent publications include the book Mining Law and Policy: International Perspectives; a chapter on 'Parliamentary-ratified agreements in the resources sector'; and updating the Laws of Australia chapter on Mining.


  • Administrative & Constitutional
  • Building & Construction
  • Commercial Law
  • Discrimination Law
  • Equity
  • Mining Law
  • Planning and Development
  • Property Law
  • Trade Practices

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