The Honourable John
Gilmour QC

John Gilmour has had an extensive commercial litigation and arbitration practice for about 30 years, as well as having been a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia for 11 years.

He was educated in Scotland and practiced as a commercial litigation solicitor in an Edinburgh Law Firm before migrating to Australia in 1975. He practiced as a Solicitor and Barrister in Perth until 1989 when he joined Francis Burt Chambers. He took Silk in Western Australia in 1994 and in Victoria in 1996.

He has been briefed almost exclusively in commercial cases in the Superior Courts in Western Australia and Victoria.

As a Judge of the Federal Court, from 2006 to early 2018, he delivered almost 600 judgments spanning the full body of the Court’s work, including important judgments in commercial law, company law and trade practices.

He accepts briefs as Senior Counsel in Commercial Litigation matters as well as in Arbitrations.

He will also take appointments as an Arbitrator, Mediator and as an Expert in Neutral Evaluations.

He is a Panel Member of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre and of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre.

Summary of Expertise (click here).

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PH +61 3 (08) 94605297
Email [email protected]

Chambers: Room Ground floor
Owen Dixon Chambers West
525 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne 3000

Practice Areas

Alternative Dispute Resolution
Neutral Evaluation
Civil Appeals
Bankruptcy Law & Insolvency Law
Commercial Law
Building Law & Construction Law
Bankruptcy Law & Insolvency Law
Competition Law & Consumer Law
Banking & Finance
Competition Law & Consumer Law
Trade Practices
Energy Law & Resources Law
Equity & Trusts
Regulatory Investigations


Admitted to the Legal Profession:
02 May 1994
Signed Victorian Bar Roll:
21 Sep 1994
Appointed Silk:
20 Dec 1994



Also Entitled to Practise in

Federal Court of Australia
High Court of Australia