Geoff Standen is a consultant in the construction and engineering team. He has practised extensively in all areas of the law relating to the building, construction and engineering industries and is highly regarded for his work.

Geoff's practice is primarily centred on commercial, industrial, rail, mining, energy and infrastructure projects and extends from project inception to dispute resolution. He is heavily involved in project structuring, contract documentation, project risk analysis and claims advice and management, and also conducts a substantial litigation and alternative dispute resolution practice.

Geoff is involved in major projects including power projects, hospitals, prisons and water and sewerage infrastructure and has extensive experience in PPP projects. He also advises participants in the rail, mining & resources, and energy sectors.

Geoff has lectured at the University of New South Wales on commercial arbitration and at the University of Technology Sydney on business law. He also lectures at various conferences and seminars.

Recognised internationally as a leading construction lawyer in publications such as the Asia Pacific Legal 500, Best Lawyers in Australia, Who's Who Legal (2016) and Chambers and Partners (2013 - 2019), Geoff has also been acknowledged by his inclusion in 2005 in the "Who's Who Historical Society of Professionals". In 2015, Doyle's Guide listed Geoff as a leading construction lawyer NSW and in 2016, it named him as a recommended construction and infrastructure lawyer in Sydney. In its 2017, 2018, 2019 2020 and 2021 editions, Best Lawyers in Australia listed Geoff as a leading litigation lawyer in addition to his listing as a leading construction and infrastructure lawyer. 

Geoff holds a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Master of Laws from the University of Sydney. He was admitted as a solicitor in NSW in 1977. Geoff joined the legal practice in 1984 and became a partner in 1986.

Area of expertise
  • Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Law Society of New South Wales
  • The Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia (former committee member)
  • Law Society of New Zealand
  • Inter-Pacific Bar Association (and has been deputy chair of its construction law committee)
  • Australian Institute of Project Managers
  • Australian Mining and Petroleum Law Association Ltd
  • Life member of Lawasia and former deputy chair of its Construction Law Committee
  • Infrastructure Partnership Australia's Social Infrastructure & Public Services Taskforce