Russell is a highly regarded construction claims lawyer and a practising international and domestic arbitrator.
Russell is recognised for his work in major and complex disputes, having advised some of the world’s largest mining and construction companies, ASX-listed companies and Australian government entities. As Head of our Arbitration Group, he has led teams of over 80 lawyers in some of the largest construction claims in Australia delivering hundreds of millions of dollars in value to his clients.
“Russell is uncompromising in his approach to work and in the pursuit of successful outcomes for clients.”
“Russell’s track record was excellent with us and he would be my go-to counsel for any dispute resolution.”
Harsh V. Mishra, Group President – International Business, Adani Group
“Russell Thirgood is an authority on major construction disputes both in Australia and internationally”
Who’s Who Legal: Construction 2018
On the panel of arbitrators for both international and domestic arbitral institutes, Russell has also chaired the Regional Arbitral Institutes Forum (RAIF).
Russell authors and updates the Arbitration Rules of the Resolution Institute (the most regularly used rules for arbitrations in Australia), the Alternative Dispute Resolution Chapter for the Australian Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents, and edits Australia’s pre-eminent alternative dispute resolution journal, The Arbitrator & Mediator. He is also an Adjunct Lecturer in Advanced Construction Law at The University of Melbourne and an Adjunct Lecturer in Alternative Dispute Resolution at The University of Queensland.
Arbitrator of commercial disputes involving millions of dollars in claims, including matters relating to infrastructure and resource projects.
Expert determiner of commercial disputes, including real estate, commercial leasing and partnership matters.
Negotiator of resolutions to commercial conflict in resources, infrastructure and technology industries.
Litigation and counsel
Litigator and counsel in relation to hundreds of millions of dollars of claims in superior courts and arbitral tribunals.
Mediator of sensitive and confidential claims.
Trusted adviser in relation to the supervision and management of international litigation including in the US Supreme Court and Supreme Court of Indonesia.