Welcome to Dynon Legal Consulting

Dynon Legal Consulting is a boutique law practice, based in Melbourne. Its Principal, James (Jim) Dynon, consults to businesses predominately in the mining, energy, major projects and private equity sectors on their commercial legal matters.

Jim draws on his 35 years in-house legal experience in these sectors to manage legal risks affecting clients’ businesses.  This experience comprised in-house legal positions with BHP (30 years) and junior mining companies and private equity (5 years), including numerous General Counsel roles.  Jim is highly experienced in working on complex and multi-faceted transactions and projects in Australia and internationally, including in conjunction with clients’ existing law firms.

Jim provides clients with commercially focused and practical legal support for their businesses on a very flexible and cost competitive basis to suit clients’ needs.

Over 35 Years of Experience

Jim worked for over 35 years as an in-house commercial lawyer within large and small businesses:


30 years supporting BHP’s mining (15 years) and petroleum (15 years) businesses, including in various General Counsel and legal management roles.

Junior Mining

General Counsel to Tigers Realm Group.

Private Equity

General Counsel to EMR Capital.

Jim has also worked with a Magic Circle law firm in London.

Jim’s breadth of experience includes the following areas:

  • Trusted legal advisor to senior management in business
  • Successful legal risk management
  • Strategic and complex transactions and projects
  • M&A and joint ventures
  • Equity and debt capital raisings
  • Commercial contracts throughout project life cycles
  • Key acquisition, establishment, development, operations, marketing and contracts in the mining and petroleum sectors
  • Corporate governance and compliance
  • Working on transactions in conjunction with, and managing, major external law firms
  • Cross border transactions and projects, involving more than 20 countries
  • Litigation and arbitration management

Jim holds Master of Laws (LLM), LLB (Hons) and BA degrees from The University of Melbourne.

Scope of Legal Consulting Services

Jim provides the following legal consulting services to clients:

  • Trusted legal advisor to clients, with a “one-on-one” experience
  • Legal risk management
  • Strategic commercial transactions, including structuring, negotiation and documentation aspects
  • M&A and Joint Ventures
  • Commercial contracting
  • International transactions and projects
  • Support on transactions involving Private Equity
  • Major projects
  • Equity and debt raisings
  • “Independent legal peer review” role
  • Agreements customary in the mining and petroleum sectors (eg. option, exploration, farm-in, farm-out, joint venture, development, operating, management and marketing agreements)
  • Corporate governance and compliance
  • Regulatory
  • Supplement existing in-house legal teams

Flexibility and Fee Basis

Jim’s services are available on a very flexible and competitive fee basis.


  • works on an individual “one on one” consulting basis
  • works in conjunction with clients’ existing internal legal teams and/or external law firms, as required
  • available to work at clients’ offices on specific projects
  • able to access a network of experienced legal practitioners in specific areas, if required

Competitive Fee Basis

Jim fully understands clients’ needs for cost effective legal services, particularly since in-house legal teams are increasingly required to undertake more work within tightening budgetary constraints.

Our fee basis is extremely focused on providing added value to each client’s business and is very flexible and competitive in order to meet clients’ needs.


+61 (0)419 367 644


PO Box 389, Brighton, Victoria 3186

Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.