Former world champ opens law firm

When Sunshine Coast lawyer Richard Thompson talks about ‘going big’ – he means it and knows what he is talking about.

The Director of the new Thompson Legal is a former, two-time, Ultraman Triathlon world champion, having won the 2018 Ultraman World Championship in 22 hours, nine minutes and 26 seconds.

The ultra-endurance event, staged across three days in Hawaii, consists of a 10-kilometre ocean swim, 421-kilometre bike ride and an 84-kilometre ultramarathon run.

He also broke the long-standing world record for Ultraman in 2017 in a time of 21 hours, 21 minutes and 14 seconds.

Thompson Legal team: Tayla Rawlings, Cody Osborne, Mahoney
Neuwirth, Richard Thompson, Teresa Mundt and John Kruger.

After focusing his career as a professional ultraman triathlete over the past five years, Richard is stepping back to his original career as a lawyer. But Richard is not slowing his pace with the opening of his own legal practice which specialises in property, commercial law and, wills and estates.

His competitive nature should help ensure his new legal venture, based within the Bli Bli Village precinct, is a success.


“If I was going to do it, my vision was to go big and go all in,” Richard said.

“It’s part of my DNA and I’ve been able to prove through my career as a professional athlete as well as in my career as a lawyer that being both strategic and bold with my intentions is the key to achieving high performing success.

“I am extremely fortunate to have five incredible staff members who have all settled in and are ready to go.

“It is a big commitment but no success is without teamwork and I’ve assembled a great team, headed by highly experienced and well-respected local succession lawyer Mahoney Neuwirth as well as property law young gun Tayla Rawlings.

“We’ve also managed to coax legal industry stalwart John Kruger out of retirement to join us as a specialist consultant. John’s experience over many years and his passion for law will be incredible not only for our clients but I’m sure all of our team will benefit from his presence.”

Richard previously worked with Peter Boyce at Butler McDermott in Nambour where he practiced in all areas of commercial law as well as succession and elder law.


The Thompson name is synonymous within the local legal community with Richard’s grandfather Fraser establishing one of the region’s first law firms at Mooloolaba in the 1970s.

“As far as I know we are the only legal practice with a permanent office based in Bli Bli, and while we believe there is significant potential for growth in our local area, our vision is to be a law firm which will service the whole of the Sunshine Coast as well as the broader South East Queensland market,” Richard said.

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