About us

We have been involved with most major companies and businesses operating in Vanuatu and do considerable work for financial institutions, public bodies and state-owned corporations, and we are actively involved in the development of Vanuatu.

Our major clients include main commercial banks in Vanuatu, shipping companies, hotel and resort group companies, telecommunication services providers and insurers.

 

Our staff

 

 

Geoff Gee – Senior Partner and Managing Partner

Geoff has had 36 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.

 

 

 

John Malcolm – Senior Partner and Litigation Partner

John specialises in commercial, civil and criminal litigation but is experienced in all facets of the practice and the range is extensive. John has been in practice for 33 years, the past 20 years as a partner in the firm.

Clients represented by John are from both private and public sectors and include major businesses and institutions in Vanuatu.

John received his law degree from the University of Auckland in 1982 and worked as a barrister in Auckland prior to arriving in Vanuatu in 1991.

John is a founding member of the Port Vila Motorcycle Club and the resident exponent of bagpipes in Vanuatu.

 

 

 

Jin Wen – Associate

Jin joined the firm in 2013 as an associate. Prior to this, Jin worked on a UN sponsored project with the Ministry of Justice of Vanuatu in 2012. Jin has previously worked with various UN organisations and international criminal tribunals in international human rights law and international criminal law in Europe and Africa.

Jin specialises in corporate, commercial and banking law.

Jin received her LLB degree from China and an LLM degree from the Netherlands in 2005 and 2006, respectively. She completed the Graduate Diploma in Law and the Legal Practice Course in London, UK, between 2010 and 2012.

 

 

 

Ethel Binihi – Corporate Services Manager

Ethel leads the firm’s corporate services team which provide corporate services for our local and international company clients.

Ethel has been working in the firm for the past 24 years and has over 10 years’ experience in company administration, business and foreign investment licencing, work permits and immigration.

 

 

 

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