Geelong Office Profile

Jirsch Sutherland’s Geelong office was established in 2007 following the merger with Jenkins Peake & Co. The office is based on the doorstep of Victoria’s second-largest city and within easy reach of clients on the Bellarine Peninsula, the Surf Coast and Barwon South West region.

Geelong’s approachable and hands-on Partners Phil McGibbon and Geoff Ridgeway, along with Senior Manager Ben te Wierik, are renowned for delivering straightforward advice and building enduring relationships with locals and businesses.

High-calibre personal and corporate insolvency specialists, Phil, Geoff and Ben are Registered Liquidators and Chartered Accountants and combined bring over 70 years’ experience across a wide variety of sectors including agriculture, manufacturing, retail, transport, building and construction, tourism and hospitality.

The team’s focus is on achieving the best outcomes for all clients. We do this by closely listening to the issues, thoroughly assessing each case and ensuring the financial and emotional stresses often associated with insolvency are reduced. In all cases clients are protected and guided through the process with empathy and understanding.

Achieving the best possible outcome often involves a combination of tailored insolvency strategies along with effective negotiation, deal making and resolution of litigious matters and disputes.

All born-and-bred locals, with strong local knowledge, our Geelong team supports the local communities through the Geelong Chamber of Commerce, social and sporting clubs and school fund-raisers. Phil is a Life Member of Portland SLSC, has over 50 years with Surf Life Saving Australia and has been a local VFA umpire for more than 30 years.

Areas of expertise include:

Visit us in the Geelong CBD at Level 1, 200 Malop Street, near the corner of Bellerine Street or contact us on 03 5223 1000, via fax on 03 5221 4938 or email


1st Floor, 200 Malop Street,

Telephone & Fax:

T: (03) 5223 1000
F: (03) 5221 4938

Geelong Office Contacts

Philip McGibbon
Phil McGibbon
Geoff R.
Geoff Ridgeway
Ben te Wierik

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