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Phillip Hunter, HWL Ebsworth Lawyers

Philip Hunter has been a partner in the firm's Transport Group since 1996 and advises on liability claims in the marine, aviation and road transport sectors including claims arising from cargo or property damage, crew, third party and passenger injuries and regulatory compliance. Philip also advises on contracts of carriage, charter parties and related disputes.

Philip is also a prominent native title practitioner who has assisted and advised native title representative bodies, native title holders, native title claimants and Commonwealth and State Government agencies on native title and cultural heritage law since 1994. Philip has been involved in many high profile native title cases and has assisted in the negotiation of numerous consent determinations of native title and indigenous land use agreements, native title agreements and cultural heritage management plans for major resource projects.

In 2008 Philip was appointed as a member of the Commonwealth Attorney-General's and the Minister for Indigenous Affairs' Native Title Payments Working Group to prepare a report to Government on leading policy and practice to optimise financial and non-financial benefits from native title resource agreements. The working group's report resulted in the release of a discussion paper by the Government entitled "Optimising Benefits from Native Title Agreements".

Philip has been recognised as a leading lawyer in Native Title Law by Chambers Global (2015) and was named as the 'Market Leader' in Native Title Law by Doyle's Guide (2016). In addition, Philip has been named in The Australian Financial Review's Best Lawyers® as one of Australia's best lawyers in Trade Law, Transportation Law and Native Title Law (2013-2017).