Geoff is the leader of Russell Kennedy’s Victorian WorkCover Authority team and the Client Relationship Principal for the Victorian WorkCover Authority. Geoff has worked in Workers Compensation and insurance acting for both plaintiffs and defendants for many years.
Geoff’s extensive experience includes acting on behalf of the Victorian Workcover Authority in relation to common law, statutory benefits and recoveries disputes under the Accident Compensation Act for over 30 years. His involvement in this area has allowed him to develop a comprehensive understanding of the interaction between legislation, regulatory framework, the imperatives of government policy and accountability.
In addition, Geoff is a trained mediator and has facilitated meetings between diverse groups of stakeholders on behalf of government.
Acting on behalf of the Victorian WorkCover Authority
Acting for employers and WorkCover in hundreds of actions defending claims by workers seeking compensation and damages. Geoff has also recovered very substantial amounts of compensation paid by WorkCover to injured workers from negligent third parties
Represents government departments and employees in a variety of disputes including public liability and occupational health and safety matters
Mediator and facilitator advising in meetings between diverse groups of stakeholders on behalf of government
Advising on insurance and injury litigation, acting for both plaintiffs and defendants
Co-chair, Australian Medical Association, Law Institute of Victoria Vic Bar, Medico-Legal committee
Honorary Life member Law Institute of Victoria
Council of Law Reporting
Former Chair, Mt. Buller Resort Management Board (2010-2011)
Former Committee member, Alpine Resorts Coordinating (2001-2011)