Profile of Geoff Rankin

Geoff Rankin

Partner, BCom LLB (Hons)

About Geoff Rankin

Geoff has more than 30 years of experience at Allens and has been a partner since 1989. He regularly advises resource companies in relation to complex disputes including domestic and international arbitrations.

He has advised the firm's resources clients throughout his career and has a deep understanding of resource businesses and the third party infrastructure arrangements that are common in these markets.

Geoff has a broad dispute practice and has acted for:

  • Glencore:
    • advising in relation to joint venture disputes, defending representative actions in the Supreme Court of Queensland, acting in a confidential arbitration relating to port access fees; advising in relation to cross-border construction dispute,
    • acting in the CWP Inquiry with a broad role as Glencore Management appeared before the Inquiry, and
    • successfully defended in a range of cases brought by Clive Palmer's companies including Mineralogy relating to access to a shipping berth in Townsville
  • Redpath – contract services in a complex contract dispute with Anglo Coal.
  • CITIC – defending multi-jurisdiction litigation/arbitrations.
  • Repsol – prosecuting a number of confidential international arbitrations.
  • Santos – defending royalty claims.
  • Exxon – confidential.
  • Central Petroleum – defending petroleum claims in Australia and the USA.
  • Queensland Bulk Terminals – prosecuting claim arising from crane failure.
  • Puma – advising on competition issues.
  • Queensland Government Coal Workers Pneumoconiosis (CWP) Inquiry – working closely with Peabody Management in the preparation of submissions to the Inquiry and including the review of documentation required by the Inquiry.
  • Allianz – advising the insurance company in the Hayne Inquiry.
  • BHP – acting in the Connolly Inquiry and the Merna Disaster.
  • Peabody – acting in:
    • contractual disputes with Posco Coal and Yancoal Tech Bucyrus relating to performance of an underground miner,
    • Supreme Court litigation against New Hope, and
    • Supreme Court litigation in a number of pneumoconiosis suits.

Geoff has ranked in Chambers Global, Chambers Asia Pacific and Best Lawyers on numerous occasions in the past decades. He is admitted in all Australian jurisdictions.