About Us

About Howard Legal Group

Howard Legal Group is led by experienced energy and resources lawyers with over 20 years of experience on major energy and resource projects in Australia, Libya, Papua New Guinea, and Vietnam among other countries.

  • Top Tier Experienced – Ex Top Tier and in-house at major international oil companies
  • Key commercial and legal advisor on PNG projects, including the PNG Gas Project, PNG LNG Project, P’nyang Gas Project, and the Misima Gold
  • Negotiated all key agreements relating to JX Nippon’s participation in the Exxon Mobil operated PNG LNG Project.
  • Lead advisor for the purchase of additional equity in the PNG LNG Project
    from AGL Energy. The sale was the largest oil and gas acquisition in the
    history of PNG.


  • HLG is more than a law firm, and instead aims to work as trusted advisors for our clients.
  • HLG works with our clients on a long term basis to create lasting ongoing value for joint ventures.
  • Using proven systems, we aim to provide our clients with a service that will save them time and money by identifying potential problems and opportunities to improve their joint venture.
  • Many longer terms costly problems arise because a joint venture partner has not identified the issues. These issues then grow into costly problems that are difficult and expensive to fix. We assist our clients identify the issues, and then provide solutions for those issues.

Your Joint Venture Specialists

Formation of Joint Ventures

Poorly negotiated joint ventures end up eroding value from the project for all participants. We ensure that your joint venture is set up correctly by thereby avoiding future costly issues

Management of Joint Ventures

We oversee your joint venture to ensure you can focus on your core business. The best joint venture agreements are those that remain in the draw. Commercial alignment between parties is key and we can assist in maintaining a strong working joint venture relationship


If for any reason there is misalignment or disagreement in the joint venture, we can assist in getting things back on track and avoiding costly disputes