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Russell Thirgood; Australia’s first recruit for Ar-Arbitrators & Int-Arb Mediators

Russell Thirgood is the latest senior practitioner to join the Ar-Arbiter & Int-Arb Mediator since its launch in January

Russell Thirgood, a twenty-year veteran of leading independent Australian law firm McCullough Robertson Lawyers, has joined the chamber of Ar-Arbitrator & Int-Arb Mediator, part of London’s Center for International Arbitration (IAC).

The former partner, based in Brisbane, is Australia’s first room recruitment, launched in January.

As a construction specialist, Thirgood has qualifications in New South Wales and Brisbane, has acted as the partner in charge of the Sydney office and served as the head of international arbitration.

He has acted as an advisor before domestic and international arbitration and served as an arbitrator in Asia-Pacific, Europe, Britain and the Middle East, among other seats.

Int-Arb Arbitrator & Mediator Managing Director Sam Carter said Thirgood’s arrival strengthened construction and infrastructure offerings, as well as its contractual, energy and natural resource expertise.

“All our members benefit from a conflict-free platform and the support of an experienced team, enabling them to focus on what they do best, and we hope to support Russell’s arbitration practices,” he added.

Thirgood is also the current chair of the Resolution Institute, the leading dispute resolution organization in Australia and New Zealand, giving him an extensive network, as he builds a career as a ‘conflict free’ arbitrator.

Owen Lawrence, CEO of IAC commented: “Russell’s arrival strengthened our rapid growth as a brand of global strife. His arrival allowed us to bridge the UK legal market with the Australian market and many jurisdictions in between. “

In April, the group recruited international arbitrator and mediator Wolf Von Kumberg in Washington DC, where he also now has an office. Other set members include David Cairns, John Judge, Janet Walker, Calvin Hamilton and mediator Jane Player, with more hiring expected.

There is considerable interest from lawyers to join a set of independent arbitrators because client conflicts have the potential to narrow their opportunities while in law firms.

Former Freshfields international arbitration chief Bruckhaus Deringer, Lucy Reed, and former Arnold & Porter partner Jean Kalicki joined the Arbitration Chambers in January, setting up New York annexes to the set, based in London and Hong Kong.

IAC has, with other arbitration hearing centers, are at the forefront in favor of virtual arbitration, and hybrid while a group of prominent law firms recently worked together to develop the concept of protocol to ensure greater consistency and security in the use of online arbitration platforms.



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