Greg Tucker is the Chair of Claims Funding Australia. He is based in the organisation’s head office in Melbourne. Greg is an Australian Institute of Company Directors Fellow and holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Laws degrees from Monash University.
Greg had a long career with CFA parent company Maurice Blackburn, stepping down after being its CEO for 12 years to take on the role of CFA Chair in 2017. He brings academic research, knowledge of financial markets as well as a passion for the law to leading CFA. Greg’s understanding of how the legal side works ensures CFA is ideally placed to make sound decisions regarding the cases it funds.
Greg started his legal career in commercial law at Darvall McCutcheon and worked at Maurice Blackburn & Co as a consultant in the late 1980s. While he was Professor and Head of the Banking and Finance Department at Monash University, Greg took a sabbatical to work as a research consultant at the OECD in Paris for two years, producing official reports on privacy, information security, and electronic commerce. He is also the author of several books and many academic journal articles.
Greg has also worked in the financial services sector as a senior bank analyst for ANZ McCaughans and then as CEO of the listed stockbrokers and financial planners’ Noall Group. He has also been a director of Mornington Peninsula Hospital and a geo-spatial science company.
Greg was appointed as the first non-executive director of Maurice Blackburn in 2004 – the role he relinquished to lead CFA in 2017. Access to justice was central to Greg’s leadership of Maurice Blackburn, with the firm becoming Australia’s pre-eminent social justice law firm. Greg’s aim is for CFA to find its place in the Australian legal landscape as the pre-eminent litigation claims funder for liquidators and companies from SMEs and start-ups to ASX-listed companies.
Greg in the news:
Dirk Luff is a Senior Associate at Australia’s leading class actions law firm, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers and senior legal advisor to Claims Funding Australia Pty Ltd, the litigation funding arm of Maurice Blackburn. Dirk has more than 11 years of experience in commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution, including domestic and international arbitration, mediation, expert determination, dispute resolution boards and adjudication.
Prior to joining Maurice Blackburn in October 2016, Dirk worked at Corrs Chambers Westgarth specialising in construction and infrastructure disputes. Dirk has acted on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants and has extensive experience in managing large scale and complex disputes. Dirk has worked on a number of significant arbitrations and litigious matters, including arbitral proceedings in respect of the $26bn QCLNG project, arbitral proceedings in respect of the $400m BassGas project and litigation in the Supreme Court of Victoria in respect of the Minerva Gas project.
Dirk graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2004, where he obtained a double degree in Law and Science, majoring in Financial Mathematics.
Jason Geisker is a Principal at Australia’s leading class actions law firm, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers. He is also the principal legal advisor to Claims Funding Australia Pty Ltd, the litigation funding arm of Maurice Blackburn. Jason is a recognised class action litigator throughout Australia with more than 12 years of high-profile class action litigation and 25 years of civil and commercial litigation experience. Since joining Maurice Blackburn in 2003 he has acted on a number of significant class actions and complex commercial claims including the Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda diesel emission class actions, various shareholder class actions against the Australian Wheat Board (AWB); Nufarm; Gunns; and Tamaya Resources, as well as the City Pacific Mortgage Fund collapse litigation. He is one of the select few class action lawyers recommended by Doyle’s 2016 Guide in the field of commercial litigation and dispute resolution in NSW.
For over 20 years Jason has also actively worked on various legal and policy reforms including access to justice issues and civil procedure. Jason writes and presents widely across the industry and shares his expertise as a member of the Law Society of NSW, American Association of Justice, and Law Council of Australia Federal Litigation and Dispute Resolution Section.
Jenny Tallis is a Special Counsel at Australia’s leading class actions law firm, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers and senior legal advisor to Claims Funding Australia Pty Ltd, the litigation funding arm and wholly owned subsidiary of Maurice Blackburn. Jenny is a member of the Law Society of NSW and Australian Lawyers for Human Rights and has more than 25 years of experience working in Sydney, Adelaide and London as a commercial litigator for plaintiff and corporate defendants. She has conducted numerous, wide-ranging commercial and insurance related disputes in the District, Supreme and Federal Courts. Jenny actively works to counter poor corporate conduct and to promote greater accountability towards stakeholders.
Since joining Maurice Blackburn in 2007, she has worked on a number of very significant, complex and successful securities class actions, including those against AWB, OZ Minerals, Transpacific Industries and Leighton Holdings. As part of the social justice practice, Jenny also had conduct of a large claim brought on behalf of intellectually and psychiatrically disabled residents of a boarding house against the boarding house manager and the State of NSW, which settled before trial in November 2016.