Geoff Rees, Founder


  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Accredited Commercial Law Specialist (LIV since 1991)

Prior to opening the doors to JRT Partnership Geoff Rees was a director of a well respected Melbourne law firm for 30 years.

In recent times Geoff has been the key commercial advisor on various important transactions in the higher education and medical institute sectors.  He also advises many listed and privately owned midsized corporations.


  • Representing private and not-for-profit organisations with their national and international broadcasting arrangements
  • Assisting entities to establish new leagues, teams, player EBAs and policies
  • Advising Institutes, including working alongside General Counsel for management of material transfer and collaboration arrangements and agreements dealing with funding and commercialisation
  • Representing individuals before high profile regulatory inquiries, incluidng ASIC investigations
  • Representing the corporation owned by the 38 Australian universities, in the transfer of international student recruitment and English language testing services to a for-profit entity and equity raising by that entity
  • Procuring State Government approval of the key rail infrastructure lease over the Victorian freight network
  • Assisting in the transition of a Medical Research Institute from a statutory corporation to a company limited by guarantee
  • Assisting in restructure of two leading peak "not-for-profit" national bodies
  • Acting for commercialisers of intellectual property
  • Contributor to the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes Round Table on Commercialisation submission to McKeon Review
  • Settling submissions to the Senate Enquiry on the challenges posed by New Digital Media
  • Providing advice, and submissions to the ACCC in relation to a regulated takeover in the manufacturing sector
  • Advising on the merger of two medical institutes, including the repeal of the relevant state legislation

Geoff’s experience in various industries has led to a number of senior appointments.  He was Chairman of the company that formed and then listed Melbourne IT Limited.  In the course of that process he dealt with the Auditor General, many public compliance issues, the media, the NTEU and the Minister for Education. He was also Deputy Chairman of Melbourne University Private when it successfully obtained reaccreditation as an Australian University. More recently Geoff has been Chairman of the Advisory Board of Melbourne University Sport and Chairman of the Legal Practitioners Liability Committee, which provides professional indemnity insurance and associated risk management services to all Victorian and many national law firms. Until 2016 he was the Representative Director of the University of Melbourne on Uniseed, an $60 million preseed technology commercialisation fund of three leading Australian Universities. 


  • Director of UoM Commercial Limited, the commercial corporation of the University of Melbourne
  • Author for Business Law and General Counsel modules of LexisNexis Practical Guidance 

The breadth of Geoff’s commercial experience over 35 plus years has lead to demanding roles in regulated industries. 

He has maintained his interest in amateur and professional sport, and continues to be the principal legal advisor to one of Australia’s leading Olympic Sports, which includes convening appeals and disciplinary tribunals. During his time at University he regularly rowed for Australia and was a member of the first Australian crew to win a gold medal at a world rowing championship.  During the course of the 70s, he won Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at world rowing championships held throughout Europe.  Most recently, Geoff was part of the Masters crew who won gold at the Head of the Charles, the world’s largest two day rowing regatta.

Geoff has broad experience in finance, manufacturing, biotechnology, ICT and related service industries.  He is regularly called on to assist, advise and resolve disputes in the area of protection, development and commercialisation of intellectual property.  His telecommunications work was recognised in the last publication of Butterworth’s Australian Legal Profile.