Geoff is a special counsel in the Competition + Regulation group.
Geoff’s practice includes trade practices matters, with a focus on regulated industries. He frequently provides advice on various aspects of the telecommunications access regime and on economic regulation of energy, port and rail businesses.
Geoff is experienced in dealing with both economic and legal issues in regulated industries, particularly electricity, gas, port, rail and telecommunications. He has advised a number of electricity and gas distribution businesses on the revenue and price control regimes under the National Electricity Law and National Gas Law and has represented these businesses in numerous review proceedings. He also provides advice to Telstra on regulatory obligations arising under the telecommunications access regime, particularly in relation to access pricing matters.
Geoff is also frequently called on to advise on competition law matters – including enforcement, compliance and merger clearance matters – particularly where complex economic principles and concepts are involved. Key clients include Boral, Virgin Australia, and BlueScope Steel.
Prior to joining Gilbert + Tobin, Geoff was an economist at a leading Australian economic consultancy. In that role he advised a range of clients on economic issues relating to the regulation of network industries such as telecommunications and energy.
Geoff authored a textbook on access regulation with two colleagues, Access Regulation in Australia (Geoff Petersen, Morelle Bull and Catherine Dermody, Thomson Reuters, 2016).
Geoff holds first-class honours degrees in both law and economics.
Awards and Recognition
Geoff is recognised as a "Future Leader" in Competition.