Nick Llewellyn-Jones - Principal

Nick Llewellyn-Jones

Employment & Industrial Relations
Local Government
Mining & Resources
Native Title, Resources & Associated Land Access

Direct number:+61 8 8210 1269
Mobile:+61 4 3192 0124


  • Mining, Energy and Resources
  • Employment Law
  • Native Title and Aboriginal Heritage
  • Industrial Instrument Formation, including Negotiations and Industrial Action
  • Unfair Dismissal, Unlawful Dismissal and Adverse Action
  • Constitutional, Administrative law and ICAC
  • Occupational health and safety
Nick is one of South Australia’s leading native title and resources lawyers, with the unique distinction of significant experience representing all three groups with a legal interest in mineral exploration and extraction and native title: government, the resources and energy industry, and native title claimants. This has equipped him with an unparalleled insight into the differing interests and imperatives of all parties involved these industries, allowing Nick to achieve swift and lasting outcomes when negotiating relevant agreements.

Nick is also one of South Australia’s leading lawyers in the fields of employment law, constitutional and administrative law having conducted significant reported litigation, both as solicitor and counsel, in these areas throughout Courts and Tribunals ranging from the South Australian Industrial Relations Commission to the High Court of Australia. His relevant experience includes:
  • Acting in a number of significant reported industrial litigations including: Schefenacker Vision Systems Australia Pty Ltd, AWU, AMWU Certified Agreement 2004 (18 March 2005) PR956575; Gelzinis v T & R (Murray Bridge) 2009 SASC 61 and the landmark High Court constitutional law challenge to the Federal WorkChoices legislation: New South Wales v the Commonwealth of Australia [2006] 231 ALR 1.
  • Acting as successful counsel in the Full Court of the Supreme Court of South Australia in the landmark case of Starkey & Ors v the State of South Australia and Ors [2011] SASCFC 164, and acting in relation to the Special Leave proceedings where the Supreme Court decision was upheld by the High Court of Australia. This case established the definitive law regarding the operation of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988 (SA), in relation to exploration activities undertaken throughout South Australia.
  • Acting in significant cases for local government including, as prosecutor for the City of Adelaide in their successful prosecution against members of StreetChurch for preaching without authorisation in Adelaide’s Rundle Mall. Nick also acted as lead Counsel in the Supreme Court of South Australia in the case of Ferguson v Reid [2007] SASC 445.
  • Finalising a number of significant native title matters throughout Australia, including the Cultana agreement for the expansion of the military base in South Australia, the Olympic Dam Indigenous Agreement (ODIA), which is considered the most significant native title mining agreement presently entered into in South Australia. Nick also represents the majority of local government entities in the critical native title claims over urban and metro Adelaide.