Neil Thomson

Associate

Neil Thomson

Associate

What Makes Neil Deliberately Different

Neil commenced his legal career with an interest in corporate law, but quickly realized that his personality was better suited to the “down in the trenches” nature and fast pace of commercial litigation. Neil prefers working under pressure, having acted in countless time-sensitive matters for high-demand clients at his previous practice in Australia. His calm and collected demeanor is well-suited to his role as an arbitration and litigation lawyer in Bermuda. 

Overview Overview Experience Credentials

Neil 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 coverage disputes. Neil 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.

Neil has worked on class action litigation, including the recent defense of a $20 million class action involving a global pharmaceutical company. He 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.

Prior to his commercial law career, Neil performed pro bono service for the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service, offering criminal defense to Australia’s indigenous people. While not practising law, Neil enjoys scuba diving and sports, travelling and playing the piano. He is fluent in French.

 

Representative Matters

  • Assisting in the defence of a large arbitrated reinsurance coverage dispute in Bermuda.
  • Assisting in the defence of Australian federal product liability class action proceeding against a global pharmaceutical company.

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).
 

Admissions

  • High Court of Australia
  • Federal Court of Australia
  • Supreme Court of Victoria

Education

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

Awards

  • Winner of the ‘Rising Stars’ essay competition for young lawyers at the Transcontinental Trusts: International Forum 2017
  • Commonwealth Scholarship at Melbourne Law School
  • Trent University President’s Award