Stephen Thompson is a partner in the transport and logistics team and Acting Head of the Colin Biggers & Paisley Foundation.
Stephen's practice is primarily transactional and advisory, with a focus on the shipping, maritime, ports and supply chain industries. His clients number among the leaders in the transport and logistics field, and he has extensive experience advising Australian and overseas shipping lines, logistics companies, port operators and government organisations. He has also worked with shipping specialists in London.
Stephen advises clients on business acquisitions and disposals, regulatory issues, negotiation and drafting of contracts, carriage of goods and passengers by sea, air and land, ship arrest and admiralty.
Stephen is a member and former Director of the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand, as well as a member of the Legal Committee of Shipping Australia Limited. Stephen has also participated in several working groups, on the invitation of the Federal Court, addressing the potential for reform of the Admiralty Act.
Stephen is recognised in Chambers and Partners as one of Australia's leading shipping lawyers, and is listed in the 2014-2023 editions of The Best Lawyers in Australia in the field of transportation law and in 2020-2023 he was recognised for his shipping & maritime law expertise. In addition, Best Lawyers named Stephen lawyer of the year in shipping and maritime law in its 2022 edition. In 2016-2020, Doyle's Guide listed him as a leading shipping and maritime lawyer. Stephen is also listed for shipping in Who's Who Legal: Transport 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Stephen holds a Bachelor of Commerce in addition to his law degree. He is admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia. Stephen joined the legal practice as a partner in 2016.