Geoff is a highly-regarded solicitor with decades of experience in the field of family law. He was admitted as a Legal Practitioner to the Supreme Court of the ACT in 1983 after completing a Bachelor of Economics with Honours at Flinders University (1975) and a Bachelor of Laws at the Australian National University (1982). He has also been admitted as a Legal Practitioner of the High Court of Australia. He began to practice family law soon after his admission and has been regarded as a specialist since 1989.
In 1983, Geoff began practicing in civil litigation, criminal law and conveyancing and, two years later, opened his first firm. Since then, Geoff has been both a solicitor and partner of various law firms in Canberra before becoming sole Principal of Mazengarb Family Lawyers in 2011.
Geoff completed his accreditation as an independent children’s lawyer in 1996 and has been a registered family dispute resolution practitioner since 2009. He regularly appears in the Federal Circuit Court and Family Court, as well as the Children’s Court and Magistrates Court of the ACT. He is a qualified and experienced mediator. He regularly mediates between parties in Legal Aid-funded Family Dispute Resolution Conferences and also conducts private mediations. Geoff has an intricate understanding of family law as well as complementary areas of law, such as domestic violence legislation, wills and estates. Of equal significance is his understanding of the emotional consequences of the breakdown in a relationship and the need to find an effective and efficient outcome.
Complex property matters are of particular interest to Geoff, as are matters involving children and alternative dispute resolution. His clients benefit greatly from his 33 years' experience in the practice of law.