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Mr Michael Lawrence Expert Witness
GeologistMINVAL Associates Pty LtdGeologist

Mike Lawrence

Mike is an economic geologist with some 48 years’ international Minerals Industry experience, who provides independent valuations of exploration and mine properties, project technical audits and dispute resolution solutions.  He specialises in due diligence and mineral property technical appraisals and valuations in an ADR or litigation context, involving a very wide range of commodities [eg, coal, iron ore, base metals, nickel, gold, bauxite, phosphate, aggregates, industrial minerals, dimension stone and gemstones.

He has been a mining and geological consultant to the metalliferous, coal and quarrying industries as CEO of international resource consultancies’ regional operations [eg, the French Government’s BRGM/SEREM and the UK Robertson Group], until 1991 when he founded Sydney-based Minval Associates.

He has been widely recognised by the Industry as an independent, highly ethical expert (MICA Medal, Honorary Fellow AusIMM & FAIG, 1999, President AusIMM and its Beryl Jacka Award recipient).

He authored 99 technical papers (to end 2013), particularly on aspects of valuation, due diligence, risk, ethics and professional liability.  He has made major contributions to AusIMM’s VALMIN Code since 1991 and development of AusIMM/MICA Alternate Dispute Resolution Scheme.  Appointed 2008 to NSW Ministerial Land Access Arbitration Panel (reappointed to June 2017).

Qualifications
  • BSc(Hons1) UNSW 1966,
  • GradDipPublicSectorMgt NSWIT 1985,
  • CertArb&Med 2000,
  • MAIMVA(CMV), MMICA, FAusIMM(CPGeo), FIMM(CEng), FAIG, MIAMA
Specialities
  • Technical Assessments, Audits and Valuations
  • Exploration Strategy, Planning & Management
    Alluvial & Hard Rock Geology
Areas of Practice:
  • Exploration – Planning and Management
  • Exploration – Property Appraisal
  • Government and public relations
  • Independent expert valuations
  • Resource / Reserve estimation (inc. geostatistics)
  • Technical audit and due diligence studies
Commodity Experience:
  • Bauxite and Alumina
  • Base Metals
  • Diamonds
  • Gemstones
  • Gold, Silver
  • Iron Ore, Manganese, Chrome
  • Nickel and Cobalt
  • Sn-W-Ta-Nb Group
Regional Experience:
  • Australia – Western Australia
  • Indonesia
  • New Zealand
  • Pacific Islands
  • Philippines
  • PNG
  • S E Asia (Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar)
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Mr John Lea Expert Witness

John Lea is a Chartered Professional Geologist whose 24 years of work experience is predominantly in the planning and management of exploration programmes for coal and groundwater, data acquisition and their evaluation. His professional associations with Groundsearch Australia’s current clients provides him with practical experience by working directly with internationally-recognised, technical experts in drilling, geophysical logging, coal analysis, groundwater, geotechnical, environmental and human impact investigations. His wide-ranging experience and continuing professional contacts are invaluable in his current role.

Qualifications
  • BSc (Hons) Newcastle,
  • MMICA, MAusIMM(CP), Mine Mgr Permit (NSW)
Specialities
  • Coal Geology
  • Baseline Groundwater Investigations
    Downhole Geophysics
Areas of Practice:
  • Baseline Studies
  • Geophysics
Commodity Experience:
  • Industrial Minerals – Clay Minerals, Refractories, Abrasives
Regional Experience:
  • India

 

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