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Andrew is an insurance litigator with over 30 years experience as a legal practitioner. He was an equity partner at Dunhill Madden Butler, PWC Legal and Curwoods Lawyers before joining YPOL.

Andrew has recently been mentioned as a leading Dust Diseases & Toxic Tort (Defendant) Lawyer Rankings – New South Wales, 2018 in the Doyles peer reviewed publication. He has been a regular presenter of papers on asbestos litigation at the International Conference on Asbestos Litigation in London 2010-2013 inclusive and has recently presented a paper on asbestos litigation in NSW for the University of NSW CLE programme. He is the author and co-author of several articles concerning asbestos and insurance litigation.

Andrew has acted for a number of insurers and reinsurers and their insureds. His areas of expertise include:

  • Insurance and reinsurance claims including coverage issues
  • Excess of loss claims for insurers and reinsurers
  • Product and public liability
  • Common law and employment claims in multiple jurisdictions
  • Catastrophic and complex claims in multiple jurisdictions
  • Abuse claims in multiple jurisdictions
  • General litigation advice

Andrew’s experience includes:

  • managing and advising on coverage, indemnity, liability and quantum for a major portfolio of asbestos claims;
  • acting in and advising on multiple silicosis claims in NSW and Qld;
  • representing the insurer in one of the earliest passive smoking cases in a common law jurisdiction (Sharp v Stephen Guinery t/as Port Kembla Hotel and Port Kembla RSL Club [2001] NSWSC 336 (23/4/01);
  • representing the insurer in the landmark decision of Orica Ltd v CGU Insurance Ltd [2003] NSWCA 331;
  • acting in multiple cases concerning the interpretation of the insurance provisions in s.151AB of the Workers Compensation Act, 1987 as amended; QBE Insurance Australia Limited v Dust Diseases Tribunal of NSW [2011] NSWCA 421, CGU Insurance Limited v Davies [2015] and CGU Insurance Ltd v AAI Limited [2016] NSWCA 335 and [2017] NSWCA 58;
  • acted for the insurer in a case involving the categorisation of smoke as a dust in East West Airlines Limited v Turner [2010] NSWCA 53 (special leave to the High Court of Australia refused);
  • acted for the reinsurer in a case involving catastrophic injuries arising out of a helicopter accident: Cook and Ors v Modern Mustering Pty Ltd and Ors [2017] NTCA 1 (23 June 2017); (special leave to the High Court of Australia refused);
  • acting for insurers in catastrophic and complex claims in Tasmania, New South Wales, ACT, and Queensland.

Andrew is a member of the Law Society of New South Wales and the Australian Insurance Law Association. He is a qualified mediator and also specialist accredited for personal injury with the Law Society of New South Wales.

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