Neil Thomson

Related Practices

Business Litigation
Insurance Practices


Neil Thomson

Tel: 441.296.9276 I Fax: 441.296.9277

Neil Thomson is an active commercial and general insurance litigation attorney joining Sedgwick Chudleigh from a prestigious Australian global law firm. His insurance cases include property damage, personal injury, contracts and indemnity. Mr. Thomson has an advanced understanding of contract law and civil procedure. He handles multiple commercial litigation cases throughout all stages of the litigation process from pre-pleading stages and interlocutory proceedings to settlement negotiations, trial and appeals.

He has worked on class action litigation, including the recent defense of a $20 million class action involving a global pharmaceutical company. Mr. Thomson is adept at conducting successful litigation and negotiations in demanding situations and has extensive experience in fast-paced asbestos litigation. He regularly drafts complex advices to clients and personally represents them in settlement negotiations.

Affiliations, Activities and Accomplishments

Mr. Thomson is admitted to practice in the state of Victoria, Australia, and in the High Court and Federal Court of Australia. He is a member of the International Bar Association, the Law Institute of Victoria and the Young Insurance Professionals Association. Prior to his commercial law career, Mr. Thomson performed pro bono service for the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service, offering criminal defense to Australia’s indigenous people. He has volunteered for the Melbourne chapter of Lawyers for Animals, advocating for animal welfare. 

Mr. Thomson was the recipient of a number of scholarships and awards in his academic career, including a Commonwealth Scholarship at Melbourne Law School and the Trent University President’s Award during his undergraduate degree. While not practising law, Mr. Thomson enjoys scuba diving and sports, travelling and playing the piano. He is fluent in French.

Presentations and Publications

  • Author, “DLA Piper Guide to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,” DLA Piper (2013).
  • Co-Author, “Property Securities Lm1’ in the Asia-Pacific Region,” DLA Piper (2012).
  • Co-Author, “Barclay v Penberthy: Is ‘Actio per Quod’ Still Available in Australia?” DLA Piper (2012).
  • Author, “Cartel Criminalisation in Australia: The Right Way and the Wrong Way to Implement a Bifitrcated. Model of Prosecution,” Anti-Trust Legal Research Paper, Melbourne Law School (2010).
  • Author, “Can Induction Strengthen Inference to the Best Explanation?” Master’s Thesis, University of Waterloo (2008).

Areas of Concentration

Business Litigation; Insurance Practices


Supreme Court of Bermuda; High Court of Australia; Federal Court of Australia; Supreme Court of Victoria


J.D. (2011) University of Melbourne
M.A. (2008) University of Waterloo, cum laude
B.A. (2007) Trent University, cum laude