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Geoff Farnsworth | Partner | Sydney

Corporate & Commercial, Transport, Agribusiness, Energy & Natural Resources, Dispute Resolution & Litigation

T: +61 2 8083 0416

M: 0419 721 221

E: geoff.farnsworth@holdingredlich.com

Geoff is one of Australia’s leading transport and commodities lawyers with 25-years experience in the field. He has been recognised in “Chambers Asia Pacific” for providing strategic and effective legal advice and has been listed in “Best Lawyers in Australia” as a leading lawyer in the categories of Shipping & Maritime Law and Trade Law since 2013.

Geoff is also listed in the ‘Leading Australian Shipping Lawyers 2016’ and ‘Maritime Lawyer Rankings – Australia 2017’ categories in the Doyle’s Guide of Leading Lawyers.

Geoff practices in commercial, disputes and regulatory matters for clients involved with Transport, Agribusiness and Energy and Resources.

Geoff works closely with industry associations and brings a close working knowledge of industry practices to his legal advice. 

He advises clients in relation to dispute resolution (including domestic and international arbitration); Admiralty claims and ship arrest; port logistics; regulatory matters; domestic and international sale of goods; trade finance and insurance; governance, business structures and competition law.


Geoff represents shipowners and carriers in relation to liability, Admiralty and regulatory matters as well as stevedoring and terminal operator’s agreements and sale and finance of vessels.

He regularly acts for domestic transport operators and their directors in relation to “Chain of Responsibility” prosecutions and safety related matters.

Geoff also advises providers and consumers of logistics services (including manufacturers and retailers) in relation to long and short-term contractual arrangements. He has drafted various standard form contract documents including charterparties, contracts of affreightment and bills of lading.

Geoff advises local and international marine insurers in relation to coverage and claims issues.


Geoff is a director of Grain Trade Australia Ltd and he advises local and international businesses engaged in the trade of agricultural commodities including grains, cotton, meat and sugar in relation to commercial and regulatory matters.

He regularly drafts and reviews standard contract terms and conditions for domestic and international sales on CIF, FOB and other Incoterms.

Geoff advises exporters and financiers in relation to trade finance and insurance matters.

Energy and Resources

Geoff advised resources companies, producers and financiers in relation to logistics and sale of goods and enforcement issues including supply and off-take agreements and issues relating to title to goods.

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