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Former world champion triathlete opens Sunshine Coast-based firm

Richard Thompson has embarked on an exciting new chapter, going from a successful athlete to opening a legal practice in the heart of Bli Bli, Queensland.

user iconGrace Robbie 20 February 2024 SME Law
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After claiming the title of Ultraman Triathlon world champion twice, Mr Thompson has ventured back into the legal world (his original vocation) with the launch of his own practice Thompson Legal located on the vibrant Sunshine Coast.

He has utilised his “all or nothing” approach, which propelled his athletic success, to fuel his vision for Thompson Legal, the new firm noted in a statement.

He declared that, “going big and going all in. 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.


Thompson Legal will specialise in a variety of legal services including property, commercial law, wills and estates, and estate litigation.

Before the opening of the practice, Mr Thompson sourced a five-person team around him who would be ready to go and deliver unparalleled client satisfaction.

“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 employed Teresa Mundt as our head of support staff and Cody Osborne as our practice manager,” Mr Thompson said.

“We’ve also managed to coax legal industry stalwart John Kruger out of retirement to join us as a special 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.”

Mr Thompson completed his studies at Queensland University of Technology, where he graduated with a law and accounting degree, then waited no time in immersing himself into the legal world.

He spent numerous years working as a solicitor, including a successful tenure working under the mentorship of renowned legal figure Peter Boyce at Butler Mcdermott, allowing him to hone his skills in all areas of commercial law as well as succession and elder law.

However, in the past five years, Mr Thompson’s put his all into his career as a professional ultra triathlete, which took him across the globe clinching two world titles and breaking a world record for the “gruelling” three-day Ultraman Triathlon.

The last name Thompson has a deep legacy within the Sunshine Coast’s legal and business rankings with Richard’s grandfather Fraser Thompson pioneering one of the region’s earliest law firms in Mooloolaba during the 1970s, the firm went on.

Mr Thompson is already planning for the future and the accomplishments he wants to achieve in regard to the business growth stating, “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.”

Michael White, director of White’s IGA, echoed the community’s sentiment, expressing enthusiasm for having a local law firm within Bli Bli Village, commenting: “We’ve long believed that Bli Bli needed a law firm which was based locally to serve the whole community and we couldn’t think of anyone better to take on this role than Richard.

“He has done a fantastic job fitting out his office space, it looks fantastic. It’s a large 220m2 floor plate which will meet his current and future needs as the business grows to service the whole Sunshine Coast. We look forward to watching his progression,” said Mr White.