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Geoff has been practising since 1989 and has established himself as one of South Australia’s more experienced medical defence lawyers. He routinely represents medical and dental practitioners in civil and criminal proceedings at coroner’s inquests and in disciplinary inquiries.
Geoff regularly provides advice to medical and dental defence organisations and their members on issues involving risk management, allegations of unprofessional conduct and claims of negligence. Additionally, his practice includes the administrative law issues arising from professional activities of health practitioners. Outside the health sector, Geoff also acts for members of the teaching profession who require representation and assistance in relation to disciplinary and criminal proceedings.
Although Geoff’s litigation and dispute resolution experience is extensive throughout the South Australian Civil and Criminal Court systems, as well as the disciplinary and administrative tribunals, he recognises that the high personal and financial costs of litigation demand a focus upon attempts to achieve a negotiated, rather than a litigated, outcome for his clients.
Geoff has been listed in the prestigious national Best Lawyers Australia* list since its inception in 2008 and additionally, 2012, 2016 and 2019 he was named the Lawyer of the Year (Adelaide) in the Health Law sector. He has also been listed in Doyles Guide as a leading Medical Defence Lawyer.
Memberships / associations
- The Law Society of South Australia
Areas of Practice
Honours & Awards
- Geoff Black | 2018/19 Best Lawyers Australia Lawyer of the Year (Adelaide) - Health & Aged Care Law
- Geoff Black | Doyles Guide - Leading Medical Negligence Lawyers (Defendant) 2017 (SA)
- Geoff Black | 2017 Best Lawyers Australia Listing - Health & Aged Care
- Geoff Black | Doyles Guide - Preeminent Medical Negligence Lawyer (Defendant) 2016 (SA)
- Geoff Black | 2016 Best Lawyers Australia Listing - Health & Aged Care
- Geoff Black | Doyles Guide - Medical Negligence Lawyers 2015 (SA)
- Geoff Black | 2015 Best Lawyers Australia Listing - Health & Aged Care
- Geoff Black | 2014 Best Lawyers Australia Listing - Health & Aged Care
- Geoff Black | 2013 Best Lawyers Australia Listing - Health & Aged Care
- Geoff Black | 2012 Best Lawyer & Lawyer of the Year (Adelaide) - Health Law Sector