Mining without a doubt is a major economic activity in India contributing 2.2% to 2.5% to the GDP. Even mining done on small scale contributes 6% to the entire cost of mineral production. Naturally, this sector requires specialized and hyper technical expertise to formulate solutions for the clients keeping in mind the webbed complexities of this industry. The team at Lex Chambers regularly supports client requests on contentious and non-contention environmental law issues. We have extended counsel not just on stand-alone basis but also as a part of large corporate and infrastructure/real estate related transactions. Our environment practice vertical also assists clients in obtaining necessary permits and approvals, both at the state and central level. Our team at Lex Chambers has a long history of experience in guiding clients to structure, acquire and execute mining projects. We provide the complete range of legal services and advisory across the complete spectrum of mining activities and take pride in catering to big mining houses in the country.
As a firm, we strongly believe in offering tailored, and cost-effective advice at every stage of the life cycle. We have advised prominent Indian and Multi-National Companies on implications of Forest Conservation Laws (including The Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006) with respect to establishment of thermal and hydro power projects as well as wind farms. We have also undertaken due diligence exercises which have covered aspects of Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) as also evaluating the entire gamut of policy, legislative and regulatory compliance obligations with environmental norms. Our specialists have dealt with related issues with regard to mining in forest as well as non-forest areas, rehabilitation and resettlement, acquisition of land in tribal areas and so on. Our expertise extends to advising on all aspects of Mining law including licensing issues that include reconnaissance permits, prospecting license and mining leases, Policy issues including those relating to prescribed & certain reserved minerals, State mining policies, enforceability of Memorandums of Understanding (MoU), and State Support Agreements.
We also work with Regulatory issues regarding grant of Reconnaissance Permits, Prospecting Licenses & Mining Leases, and transfers thereof, Rehabilitation & Resettlement (R&R) policies, Health Safety & Environment (HSE), Contracting and Regulatory issues.