Geoffrey Gee

Geoffrey Gee has had 40 years’ experience in law since graduating from the University of Auckland in New Zealand in 1978, with 30 years’ experience in Vanuatu which covers most facets of the profession but specialises in corporate, commercial, trust and banking work.

Geoff advises a large number of local companies in their corporate and commercial activities within Vanuatu. His clients include commercial banks, hotel and resort owners and developers throughout Vanuatu, major telecommunication companies, in addition to overseas institutional clients from Asia Pacific, U.S. and Europe.

Prior to establishing his own practice and the firm, he worked in legal practice and elsewhere in Auckland, London (UK) and Saudi Arabia.

Firm Overview:

As a firm of barristers, solicitors and notaries public, we have been present in Vanuatu since 1987. Geoffrey Gee & Partners was first set up by its senior partner, Geoffrey Gee, as a general practice with emphasis on corporate, commercial, land, trust and business law in Vanuatu.

The firm then strengthened its litigation practice in 1991 when John Malcolm joined the firm, specialising in civil and commercial litigation. John became a partner of the firm in 1995.

We provide a comprehensive service for clients. As one of the major private firms in Vanuatu, a small yet fast-developing jurisdiction, with both internationally qualified lawyers and local staff, we have assisted clients of all sizes in a wide range of matters across all sectors (tourism, banking, real estate, construction, telecommunication, shipping and etc.). Our clients range from multi-nationals with sophisticated investment interests in the Pacific to the indigenous custom land owners of Vanuatu, from international financial institutions to small local businesses. We ensure that our clients are aware of all benefits and pitfalls of investment in Vanuatu whilst assisting in taking decisions about their investment in the country with knowledgeable recommendations of where to go, who to see and where problems might arise.

Vanuatu at present is at the cusp of a very bright future and we are delighted to be part of that future.

Dane Thornburgh

Dane Thornburgh has practiced in commercial law, commercial litigation and insurance law for more than 11 years.

He established the firm in February 2013 after serving as a Senior Associate at another Port Vila firm for 4years.

Prior to Dane and his family moving to Vanuatu in March 2009, he practised as a Barrister – at – Law in the prestigious Culwulla Chambers in Castlereagh Street Sydney, Australia.

Dane commenced his legal career as a Solicitor in the Brisbane firm Bennett & Phillip where he handled civil litigation and insurance law matters before moving to the commercial corporate practise area.

Dane has a high level of experience in all aspects of commercial litigation and corporate transactions & commercial law. He is well versed in the areas of company law, partnership disputes, insolvency, banking and finance litigation. Dane’s extensive experience across a range of industries sees that he is well placed to advise on the legal and commercial issues affecting his clients.

Dane’s background as Barrister – at – Law in prestigious Sydney and Brisbane Chambers is evidence of his advocacy skills and attention to detail.

Qualifications & Memberships:

– Diploma of Justice Studies
– Bachelor of Laws
– Graduate Diploma of Legal Practise
– Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland
– Barrister – at – Law of the High Court of Australia
– Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory
– Legal Practitioner Supreme Court of Vanuatu

Firm Overview:

Thornburgh Lawyers is a full service law firm with offices in the central business district of Port Vila Vanuatu in the South Pacific.

The firm owes its name to Dane Thornburgh who established the firm in February 2013 after four years at another Port Vila firm as a Senior Associate.

Dane is Senior Partner of the firm with extensive Australian and Vanuatu legal experience brought to the table for the benefit of clients of Thornburgh Lawyers.

Vanuatu is a recognised offshore financial centre as designated by the OECD, (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) & IMF (the International Monetary Fund).

As such, the jurisdiction is home to many large corporations, offshore & merchant banks, trust companies etc. which bring with it the need for a law firm capable of providing timely commercial, corporate and litigation advice and services.

Admission in Vanuatu is a fused profession; therefore, Thornburgh Lawyers run matters from inception to trial including all advocacy, ADR, Arbitration and associated litigation and procedures.

Thornburgh Lawyers also provides all commercial law services and has extensive experience in the challenging commercial conditions that operate in the South Pacific.

Our solutions and legal services reflect current international best practice and we take great pride in our ability to provide results-focused advice and client-oriented services.

At Thornburgh Lawyers, you can expect a dedicated lawyer working diligently on your instructions 7 days a week if circumstances require.

We are devoted to providing an unmatched level of service. Our people are well rounded, multi-skilled and carefully handpicked for their strengths, expertise and experience.

By engaging us, you will be assured that the professionals working on your matter are familiar with and committed to achieving the best possible outcome.