Top litigation and disputes lawyer Scott Castledine joins Thomson Geer as Partner

27 April 2022


Thomson Geer is pleased to welcome highly-regarded Sydney litigation, disputes and risk management lawyer Scott Castledine to the firm as a Partner.

Scott comes to Thomson Geer from Clifford Chance where he was Counsel having previously practised at top tier and magic circle firms in Australia and overseas.

Thomson Geer Chief Executive Partner Adrian Tembel said Scott would be joining the firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution team.

“I am excited to have Scott joining us in the Sydney office. He is a very competent litigator who brings a wealth of experience working in Australia and previously in London where he trained and practised at leading Magic Circle firm, Slaughter and May, for several years,” Adrian said.

Scott has over 15 years of domestic and international experience acting for major multinational corporates, investment and retail banks, funds, leading private companies, governments, professional services firms, insurers and company directors, often in relation to high-profile, corporate-threatening or reputational disputes. His practice spans the full spectrum of contentious disciplines including complex commercial litigation (including class actions) in all major Australian jurisdictions, arbitration, regulatory investigations, enforcement proceedings and contentious insolvency work.

Some of the notable cases on which Scott has worked include the Bank Fees litigation (in which he acted for Nationwide Building Society in its, and other UK retail banks’, successful defence of GBP 9 billion proceedings concerning the legality of certain bank fees, culminating in a landmark appellate victory in the House of Lords); the Air Cargo litigation (in which he defended British Airways in long-running regulatory investigations and follow-on proceedings / class actions across multiple jurisdictions arising out of alleged cartels in the global air cargo sector); and defence of securities class actions brought against Leighton Holdings and QBE.

More recently, Scott successfully defended Herbert Smith Freehills in multiple proceedings brought by major banks and funds over the collapse of mining group, Arrium; and Deloitte in proceedings arising out of the failure of electronics retailer, Dick Smith.

Scott said he is delighted to be joining Thomson Geer as a partner in its disputes team.

“Thomson Geer is a firm with a fine history and one with a clarity of purpose as to its future. I very much look forward to joining the team and contributing to that journey.”

Scott joins Thomson Geer at the end of April.