Areas of practice
Insurance – disability claims
Judicial review – motor accidents
Judicial review – workers compensation
Work injury damages
Public and Administrative
Admitted to practice in 1981, Geoff Bourhill spent the first five years of his professional life acting for plaintiffs in personal injury claims in the areas of workers’ compensation, employers’ liability, public liability and motor vehicle accidents.
In 1985, he joined Lavan Solomon (soon to become Philips Fox) and was made a partner of that firm in 1987. Over the following 19 years at Phillips Fox and a further four years following its transition to Lavan Legal, he acted for many workers’ compensation, public liability and CTP insurers in Australia.
Geoff also developed a practice in professional indemnity claims, acting for the insurers of doctors, hospitals and lawyers.
In 2010, Geoff joined Tottle Partners, remaining there until June 2016. In July 2016, Geoff commenced practise as an independent barrister at Francis Burt Chambers.
Before joining the Bar, Geoff was a member of the legal panels of Insurance Commission of WA, MDA Insurance Pty Ltd, Transport Accident Commission and formerly Law Mutual and SGIO / CGU.
Geoff has appeared as counsel in numerous trials, inquests and appeals. He has been solicitor and in several instances trial counsel in a number of matters that have ultimately been determined by the High Court.
Geoff has a particular interest in the assessment of damages in catastrophic claims, policy coverage under compulsory third party insurance schemes, medical negligence claims and asbestos claims.
He is a member of the Law Society’s Courts Committee.
Date of admission: 1981
Qualifications: BJuris, LLB
Liability limited by a Scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation