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Russell Thirgood

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Russell Thirgood BA, LLB, LLM (Hons), Dip Const Law, Dip ICArb, FCIArb, FACICA is a practising arbitrator and dispute resolution lawyer.
 
Since 1998, Russell has represented clients in major and complex dispute resolution.  In particular he is counsel for clients in the arbitration of construction and infrastructure disputes.
 
He has acted for some of the world’s largest mining and construction companies, together with ASX listed companies and Australian government entities.  He is on the panel of arbitrators for both international and domestic arbitral institutes and has chaired the Regional Arbitral Institute Forum (RAIF).
 
Russell is a Director of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration.  
 
Russell is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London), the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration and the Resolution Institute.  
 
He authored (and updates) the Arbitration Rules of the Resolution Institute. These rules are the most regularly used rules for arbitrations in Australia.
 
Russell is Head of Arbitration at the Australian law firm McCullough Robertson. In 2013, McCullough Robertson was awarded Lawyer Monthly’s Arbitration and Litigation Law Firm of the Year - Australia.    
 
Russell was personally awarded Lawyer Monthly’s 2016 Australian Alternative Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year award.  
 
He is listed in Best Lawyers in three categories: International Arbitration; Construction Law; and Alternative Dispute Resolution.  Russell is recommended in Doyles Guide for Leading Construction & Infrastructure Litigation Lawyers – Queensland.
 
Russell is the editor of Australia’s pre-eminent alternative dispute resolution journal, The Arbitrator & Mediator.  He also authored the Alternative Dispute Resolution Chapter for Butterworths Loose Leaf Series on Forms and Precedents.  
 
Russell is a lecturer in Advanced Construction Law for the University of Melbourne’s Master of Laws Program, and in Alternative Dispute Resolution for the University of Queensland’s Postgraduate Law Program.  
 
Russell has a significant pro bono international law practice and has:
  • recently contributed to an amicus curiae brief which was filed in the Supreme Court of the United States, and
  • represented a client before the Supreme Court of the Republic of Indonesia. 

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Russell Thirgood