DAVID SALIM | Group CEO, Principal Solicitor at Hetherington.

B Comm. (Finance), LLB., GDLP., MAusIMM

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David joined the Hetherington team in April 2010 and has been Company Principal of Hetherington Sydney since April 2016, and Company Principal of Hetherington Perth since April 2019.

David graduated from the University of Wollongong with a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance Major), and Bachelor of Laws in 2008, where he studied Environmental Law and Native Title Law. David then went on to complete his Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice in 2009 and was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in December 2009.

Prior to joining Hetherington, David worked in NSW Parliament in the Shadow Attorney General’s Office and in a general practice private law firm as a Legal Clerk and Graduate Solicitor, dealing with a wide variety of matters and clientele.


Over the last 13 years, David has built a reputation for excellence in resources, mining and environmental law, accelerating Hetherington’s growth to the full-service firm it is today. Hetherington has close to 20 consultants and lawyers and three distinct entities: Hetherington Tenements, Hetherington Legal and Hetherington Environmental.

David specialises in legal compliance, regulation and management of exploration and mining tenure, partnering with ASX listed and privately owned mining and exploration companies within all jurisdictions of Australia, and internationally, including Pacific Region, New Zealand, Canada, North and South America.

A finalist in the 2019 NSW Minerals Council’s Young Achiever award and 2020 Gender Diversity Advocate awards, David has a proven track record and vast experience in:

  • Land access arrangements and landholder arbitration, Native Title, the Right to Negotiate process, Aboriginal Land Council Land, and Aboriginal Sites, Places and Objects.
  • Property reviews, managing conflicts and competition of land use, managing land rehabilitation protocols and outcomes, approvals of state significant developments, Agricultural land objections.
  • Advice and the administration of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

David is also a specialist practitioner in VALMIN Code 2015, ASIC and ASX compliant Independent Solicitor Reports, having assisted several companies in the private sector to submit Independent Solicitor Reports to the Australian, Canadian and Singaporean Stock Exchanges.

David prides himself on providing the highest level of customer service for his clients and continues to work towards becoming a leading authority in the industry.


David’s legal insights and expertise in resources and environmental law are regularly sought out by industry associations. Popular events that David has spoken at include:

  • AMEC NSW Deputy Premier Boardroom Lunch, 2022, 2019
  • AMEC NSW End of Year Function at Parliament House, 2019
  • Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) National Convention in Perth, 2018
  • NSW Minerals Council’s Exploration and Tenure Forum, 2023, 2019, 2018 and 2017
  • Presentation on NSW to Chinese Government delegation at University on Sydney, 2016 and 2015.
  • 4th Annual India Coal Conference, 2022

David’s mining industry professional associations include:

  • Austmine Corporate Member
  • AusIMM NSW Women in Mining Committee member and mentor.
  • Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) Associate Member, Deputy Chair of the NSW Advisory Committee
  • Australian Energy and Resources Law Association (ER Law).
  • Member Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM).
  • NSW Minerals Council Associate Member, Exploration & Tenure Committee Member
  • NSW, SA, and NT Government Department Industry Committees
  • NSW Law Society
  • NSW Committee Member of The Institute of Quarrying Australia
  • NSW Deputy Premier Minerals Industry Advisory Committee
  • WA Law Society

David is proud to contribute to industry by sponsoring:

  • AMEC Western Australia Tenure Forum, 2021
  • AMEC NSW Deputy Premier Boardroom Lunch, 2022, 2020, 2019
  • AMEC NSW End of Year Function, 2019
  • AMEC WA Environment and Land Access Seminar, 2021
  • AMEC WA Awards Dinner, 2022, 2021
  • IQA National Quarry Conference, 2022
  • NSW Mines and Wines Conference, 2022 and 2019
  • NSW Minerals Council Exploration and Tenure Forum, 2023, 2021, 2020 and 2019
  • NSW Minerals Council Health, Safety, Environment and Community (HSEC) Conference, 2022, 2019
  • Sydney Mining Club, 2022, 2021, 2020 and 2019
  • SMEDG Christmas Cruise, 2019
  • SMEDG Jubilee Conference, 2022
  • South Australian Exploration and Mining Conference (SAEMC), 2022, 2021, 2020
  • Women in Mining NSW (AusIMM), 2022, 2021 and 2020
  • 4th Annual India Coal Conference, 2022


David’s awards include:

HONORARY GRATITUDE AWARDAustralian Government, Presented by the Prime Minister, David received the award for his volunteer work in Nepal.



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