Keira Brennan

Senior Advisor
Norton Rose Fulbright Australia

Keira Brennan

Keira Brennan


Related services and key industries


Keira Brennan has over 30 years’ experience advising in the energy and resources sectors and is recognised as one of the leading lawyers in these sectors in Queensland.

Keira advises energy and resources clients on strategic issues and operational requirements, including:

  • multi-jurisdictional and multi-asset M&A, joint venture arrangements, organisational restructuring and asset sales
  • contract drafting and negotiation, including coal offtake agreements and strategic supply agreements
  • rail and port infrastructure access and pricing, including haulage agreements and access to coal export terminals.


She advises many of the key industry participants including Anglo American, PanAust, Sandvik, Stanmore Resources and QCoal, as well as key regulator the Queensland Competition Authority.

Keira has "great commercial acumen" and "great understanding of the industry and what its drivers are" according to clients quoted in Chambers Asia Pacific 2016, and she has been recognised as a leading Energy and Natural Resources lawyer in Australia in Chambers since 2009. Keira has also been consistently voted by peers as one of Australia's best lawyers in Mining, Energy, Natural Resources, Commercial, Corporate and Construction / Infrastructure in Best Lawyers Australia, which has named her Brisbane Natural Resources 2023 "Lawyer of the Year".

Professional experience

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  • High Court of Australia 1995
  • Supreme Court of Queensland 1993
  • Advising Anglo American in respect of its whole of portfolio above rail solution, including assisting with the negotiations on the above rail arrangements and providing on-going assistance in the management of those arrangements.
  • Advising the Australian government in respect of the acquisition and management of a humanitarian aid cargo of coal to Ukraine
  • Assisting Stanmore Resources on its acquisition of BHP's interest in BHP Mitsui, which includes the Poitrel and South Walker Creek coal mines in central Queensland.
  • Undertaking vendor due diligence for Shell in advance of its sell down of a minority interest in its mid-stream assets in the QGC LNG project in central Queensland.
  • Advising the Stage 1 customers (which includes Glencore, Aquila, Yancoal and Wesfarmers) of the Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal on their rail access, which has included developing and advising on underwriting arrangements for a $910m expansion of the rail infrastructure and assisting in multiple disputes with the owner of the infrastructure, Aurizon Network.
  • English


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