About Geoff Bowyer

Accredited Central Victorian Mediator

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About Geoff

Geoff Bowyer is the principal of Central Mediation Victoria. Geoff has extensive experience in both legal and corporate environments over a 39 year period including employment at Public Transport Victoria, Ericsson Australia, SPC Limited as well as engagement as a principal lawyer and director in Melbourne law firms and most recently as a Principal Director of Beck Legal for the last 17 years.

Background

As a lawyer, Geoff has had a wide range of clients which have included both, local government, statutory and private sector organisations as well is a vast array of SME  clients.

Geoff has been an accredited business law specialist with the Law Institute of Victoria since 2007 and has practiced widely in workplace relations law, construction and  company law, retail leasing, receivership  and succession law  as well a deep understanding  of commercial litigation across both State and Federal jurisdictions   which has included significant involvement in both pre-litigation and court-sanctioned mediation.

Geoff has significant experience in corporate governance ranging from being a former local government Councillor in Melbourne to advising a range of local government instrumentalities. Geoff has held a  range of board position for sporting clubs including Melbourne Vicentre and the foundation chair of Bendigo Bombers. Geoff is currently chair of Bendigo Community Health Services and an executive director with Law Council of Australia as well as a board member of a number of Bendigo-based organisations.

Geoff has been a former president of the Law Institute of Victoria and presented on many occasions to the Institute as well is being a long-standing legal commentator on ABC Regional Radio Victoria.

Geoff has completed the mediator accreditation course with Bond University in 2016 and is an accredited NMAS mediator.

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATION

  • Admitted as a Solicitor in Victoria, 1978
  • Director of Law Institute of Victoria, 2009 - 2015
  • President of Law Institute of Victoria, 2014
  • Director of Law Council of Australia, 2014 – 2016
  • Law Council Executive, 2017 – Present
  • Long-standing Legal Commentator on ABC Regional Radio Victoria.
  • Melbourne University Law School Mentor
  • Law Institute of Victoria Mentor
  • Former Director 2017 LIV Boutique Law Firm of The Year

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