Andrew is a highly experienced litigator with a wealth of experience in complex commercial, personal injury, insurance and professional indemnity litigation.
Andrew has about 25 years of litigation experience in the Magistrates Court, District Court and Supreme Court of Western Australia, as well as in the Federal Court and High Court of Australia.
During that time, he has had the full conduct of up to 150 files per annum ranging from modest ‘commercial value’ claims up to multi-million dollar claims involving complex legal/technical issues and multiple parties.
Andrew excels at technical points of law and also provides clients with the benefit of his carefully honed negotiation skills at Mediations, Pre-Trial Conferences and Informal Conferences.
Andrew possesses the extensive experience and tactical skills required to successfully negotiate difficult issues (such as liability apportionment issues) which are usually vigorously contested between Defendants and/or Third Parties.
"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."
A remarkable highlight of Andrew’s experience is his role in the well-known Dossett v. TKJ Nominees Pty Ltd decision. He had the full conduct of this case, which went on appeal to the High Court of Australia. As instructing solicitor, Andrew ultimately won the appeal, with the full five judge Bench ruling unanimously in favour of the appellant. As a direct consequence, the State Government amended aspects of the law in Western Australia.
Recommended in Doyle's Guide in the category Leading Dust Diseases Lawyers (Defendant) in the area of asbestos disease compensation, Andrew has conduct of large and complex asbestos cases on behalf of a local government entity.
Andrew provides local government clients with advice and legal representation in native title claims, matters under the Local Government Act 1995 and construction contract issues, particularly with respect to defective dwellings and unauthorised structures/planning approval disputes. In addition, Andrew has successfully represented Local Government clients in the State Administrative Tribunal in a variety of matters, including the obtaining of legal cost orders in favour of the Council or Shire.
Andrew also appears regularly at WorkCover WA representing State Government Department employers and their insurer, RiskCover, in relation to workers' compensation disputes.
Andrew joined the Civic Legal team in 2007 and is now one of its key practitioners with a loyal client base.
Local Government Law
Construction Contract Issues
Dog Act Prosecutions
Rates Recovery and Enforcement actions
Administrative Law and other public law issues
Recommended in Doyle's Guide:-
Bachelor of Arts (1985)
Bachelor of Laws (1988)
Barristers’ Board Top-up/Bridging Course (1991)
Supreme Court of Western Australia (1993)
High Court of Australia (2003)