Andrew is a CFA Board member, national head of Maurice Blackburn's class actions practice and a Director of Maurice Blackburn.
Andrew has overseen some of the most significant class action settlements in the nation's legal history, including for people affected by the Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria and for thousands of shareholders who have been victims of corporate misconduct. Maurice Blackburn’s class actions have recovered $2.5 billion for claimants since 1998.
Doyles Guide lists Andrew as a recommended commercial litigation and dispute resolution lawyer in Melbourne, and he is also noted by the Australian Financial Review as one of the best class action lawyers in Australia. Andrew holds Honours degrees in Law and Science, from the University of Melbourne and his legal career includes working as an employment lawyer and then a barrister representing unions. Following this, he worked as a ministerial adviser and then for the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), where he won an above-inflation increase to the minimum wage four years in a row in the annual national wage case.
Andrew's experience at Maurice Blackburn includes working on cases for consumers, victims of disasters and small businesses. In his work on behalf of shareholders, Andrew has represented the largest financial institutions from Australia and overseas together small businesses and individuals.
Andrew is a regular speaker and commentator on the role of class actions in helping to clean up bad boardroom behaviour and enforce better standards of corporate governance.
"Class actions provide access to justice and fill a regulatory void," he says. "They enable hundreds of thousands of people to be compensated when they have been mistreated by the companies in which they have placed their trust and money."