The Honourable
John Gilmour QC


Admitted:  1976
WABA Member:  1990
Silk:   1994 (WA) 1996 (VIC)

Level 36, Exchange Tower
2 The Esplanade
Perth WA 6000

T    +61 8 9460 5297

M   +61 408 093 456




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)


Banking & Financial Services  
Commercial Law  
|  Company Law
Construction & Projects  
Insolvency & Reconstruction
Mining & Energy Law
|  Oil & Gas
Regulatory Law & Investigations
Trade Practices & Competition Law

Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.