Important COVID-19 Update


These are certainly challenging times for us all.

We are committed to doing everything we can to prioritise the wellbeing of our people, those who use our services and their representatives and the communities we serve to help contain the spread of COVID-19. Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Saturday, our people will begin working remotely from today, Monday 23 March.

Having well developed online dispute resolution options, it will in many ways be business as usual for us as we focus on providing a seamless service, regardless of where our Registry staff, arbitrators, mediators and other dispute resolution practitioners are working.

We know you are working through similar challenges to ours and that these are uncertain times for everyone. From all of us here we send our thoughts to you, your teams and families.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Please let us know if we can be of further assistance to you and we will keep you informed with any further updates.

Russell Thirgood


Arbitration | Mediation | Arb-Med

Nationality: Australian

Area of Expertise: Building and Construction, Commercial, Competition, Energy, Human Rights, Intellectual Property, Information Technology, Mining, Oil and Gas, Property and Property Planning, Real Estate, Shareholder and Securities, Sport

Legal System of Expertise: Common Law

Languages: English

BA | LLB (Hons) | LLM (Hons 1) | DIP Construction Law | DIP International Arbitration | Cert of Mediation (NMAS)

Russell Thirgood is a pre-eminent Australian dispute resolution lawyer.

Since 1998, Russell has represented clients in major and complex dispute resolution, particularly construction and infrastructure disputes. He advises clients in managing and resolving complex claims including variations, time related claims and defective works claims.

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 experienced in all forms of dispute resolution including litigation in the superior Australian courts, domestic and international arbitration, expert determination and adjudication under security of payment legislation.

Russell is also a practising domestic and international arbitrator and sits on the panels of a number of arbitral institutes. He is the author of the arbitration rules of the Resolution Institute, the most regularly used rules for arbitrations in Australia.

Russell is head of arbitration and partner at the independent Australian law firm, McCullough Robertson. McCullough Robertson was named Lawyer Monthly’s Arbitration and Litigation Law Firm of the Year in 2013 and 2017.
He is recommended and ranked in numerous legal publications in the fields of construction law, litigation and arbitration.

Russell is a NMAS accredited mediator and Harvard trained negotiator. He has been involved in the amicable settlement of many commercial disputes including in the role of mediator. In 2016 he was personally awarded Lawyer Monthly’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year for Australia.

Russell teaches arbitration and construction law at the University of Melbourne and University of Queensland. He has been editor of The Arbitrator and Mediator Journal since 2002 and is the author of numerous articles about construction law in Australia.