'Russell Thirgood is lauded by peers for his impressive understanding of construction law.'
– Who's Who Legal 2020
‘Russell is uncompromising in his approach to work and in the pursuit of successful outcomes for clients’
– Best Lawyers 2018
‘Russell provides exceptional service to his clients. He is an excellent lawyer and a skilled manager. He approaches dispute resolution with energy and focus. He manages his team carefully, always with an eye on costs. Russell has a highly enviable client list which includes some of Australia’s leading blue-chip mining companies. Additionally, he is one of only a handful of lawyers in Sydney that actually has an international arbitration practice. Last year, he was involved in two very important disputes concerning the enforcement of international arbitration awards’
– Nuala Simpson, Barrister-at-law, Sydney 2012
‘Russell Thirgood is one of Australia’s pre-eminent Grade 1 arbitrators with extensive experience in high-value and complex construction related arbitrations.

Russell’s outstanding contribution to Resolution Institute and previously the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia (IAMA) as a board member, editor of The Arbitrator and Mediator journal and author of the Resolution Institute’s Arbitration Rules has seen him become a highly respected thought leader within the Australian arbitral community’
– Gary Ulman, Chair Resolution Institute, Australia 2019
‘Outstanding communicator and practical strategist valued for his effective organisation of complex construction litigation’
– Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018
‘In his field Russell Thirgood is much sought after by experienced litigants because of his intelligence, diligence, toughness, commercial nous and above all experience in large scale construction disputes’
– Michael Stewart QC,
past President of the Australian Bar Association, 2017
Russell Thirgood is an experienced and highly regarded Australian commercial arbitrator, known for fair and efficient arbitral proceedings and the production of high-quality awards in complex matters, drawing upon his more than two decades experience in large-scale construction disputes’
– Dr Dominic Katter, Barrister, Brisbane 2019
‘Russell Thirgood is an authority on major construction disputes both in Australia and internationally’
– Who’s Who Legal: Construction 2018
‘Russell is a talented lawyer who I found to be very good in across the table negotiations and in arbitration proceedings where his strategic overview is backed up by meticulous attention to detail and a deep understanding of the commercial and practical issues facing the client. His track record was excellent with us and he would be my go-to counsel for any dispute resolution’
Group President – International Commodities Trading Company, 2018
‘Russell Thirgood is an esteemed construction lawyer and a go-to-adviser to major industry players’
– Who’s Who Legal: Construction 2019