Gavin (Sandy) Thompson QC

Gavin (Sandy) Thompson QC

Mr Thompson’s practice is commercial, particularly in the fields of commercial arbitration, corporations, mining, engineering and construction, professional indemnity, trade practices and admiralty.

Mr Thompson’s particular area of experience is in the conduct of complex commercial trials and arbitrations involving contractual disputes.

Mr Thompson has acted as a commercial arbitrator (including ICC arbitrations) and has been appointed to make expert determinations. He has appeared as counsel in a number of substantial arbitrations in the fields of mining, construction, engineering, pipeline tariffs and shipping.

Mr Thompson is a nationally accredited mediator.

Mr Thompson has been recognised in the 2019 Chambers and Partners (Asia-Pacific) for his expertise in Dispute Resolution. His peers view him as “very experienced and strategic” and “a go-to silk for large commercial matters”. Mr Thompson has been listed in The Australian Financial Review's and Best Lawyers list of Australia's Top Lawyers in the following categories:

  • 2010-2018 Litigation
  • 2014-2018 "Bet the Company" Litigation

Mr Thompson is listed in Who's Who Legal and Doyle's Guide.

Mr Thompson is an experienced handler of major class actions, he is also sought after for the resolution of contractual disputes, or those arising in the construction and engineering sectors.


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