Background

Andrew is a highly experienced litigator with a wealth of experience in personal injury, workers' compensation, professional indemnity and other insurance litigation as well as native title and complex construction litigation. His experience ranges from modest claims up to multi-million dollar claims involving complex legal and technical issues and multiple parties.

Andrew's approach encompasses applying technical points of law the benefit of clients when engaging in litigation or negotiations with opposing parties.

A highlight of Andrew's career is his role in the well-known Dossett v. TKJ Nominees Pty Ltd decision. Andrew had conduct of the case, which went on to a successful appeal to the High Court of Australia. The full five judge Bench ruled unanimously in favour of Andrew's client. As a direct consequence, the State Government amended aspects of the law in Western Australia.

"It’s a really good feeling, in court, when you achieve a good result and you convey that win to your client. You see the impact when you get to tell your client."

Andrew is one of only a handful of lawyers in WA with conduct of a series of large and complex asbestos disease cases being conducted in the Supreme Court.

When servicing local government matters, Andrew provides clients with advice and legal representation in native title claims and has also done so on other, matters under the Local Government Act 1995. He has advised on matters such as defective dwellings and unauthorised structures and planning approval disputes.

Experience

Insurance Law

Construction Litigation

Dust Diseases Litigation

Native Title

Awards

Recommended in Doyle's Guide:-

  • Leading Dust Diseases Lawyer (Defendant) – Western Australia, 2018, 2019

Industry Associations

Current

  • Member, Australian Insurance Lawyers Association (AILA)

Former

  • Founding Member, Australian Plaintiff Lawyers Association Western Australia branch (APLA), now known as the Australian Lawyers Alliance

Qualifications
University of the Witwatersrand

Bachelor of Arts (1985)

Bachelor of Laws (1988)

University of Western Australia

Barristers’ Board Top-up/Bridging Course (1991)

Admission

Supreme Court of Western Australia (1993)

High Court of Australia (2003)

Practice Areas

Local Government

Dispute Resolution

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