Geoff has extensive experience in providing advice in relation to commercial disputes, the conduct of proceedings in both Federal and State Courts, expert determinations, and all forms of alternative dispute resolution.
Geoff regularly advises on construction contracts and significant building and construction disputes for a number of large contractors, property owners, and government. He has experience in a wide range of building and construction disputes including professional negligence claims against consultants, variation claims, time related claims, and defective works.
Geoff has been recommended as a leading construction lawyer in South Australia in Doyle’s Guide (2011 – 2014, 2016) and as a recommended lawyer in the area of commercial litigation and dispute resolution, Doyle’s Guide 2016. Geoff is an accredited adjudicator pursuant to the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 2009 (SA).
Geoff also has extensive experience in trade practices law and has acted for the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission in relation to the enforcement of the Competition and Consumer Act (formerly the Trade Practices Act).
Recent experience includes:
- Advising Abigroup Contractors Pty Ltd in relation to claims against design consultants with respect to the construction of major infrastructure involving complex contractual and technical issues.
- Advising Downer EDI Works Pty Ltd concerning a complex claim by a principal for an alleged breach of contract with respect to the performance of civil works including the defence of proceedings instituted in the District Court of South Australia.
- Acting for a Government Department in relation to a significant defective works claim against a contractor with design and construct obligations including the conduct of proceedings in the Supreme Court of South Australia.
- Acting for a statutory corporation in relation to a significant dispute with a contractor with respect to an outsourcing contract for the operation and maintenance of essential services and disputes relating to capital works projects. This dispute involved both proceedings in the Supreme Court of South Australia and two expert determinations. The statutory corporation made a significant recovery.