Prior to that Andrew was employed at the Office of Chief Examiner of Victoria Police. In that role he appeared and instructed in a range of matters arising under the Major Crime (Investigative Powers) Act 2004 as well as advising and acting for the Chief Commissioner, the Chief Examiner and Victoria Police members in all aspects of organised crime investigation and prosecution.
Andrew began his career as a commercial litigation solicitor and spent one year working in Fiji in aid and development.
Some of Andrew’s specific experience and expertise is in the following areas.
- Inquisitorial proceedings such as judicial enquiries and coronial inquests (covering areas such as mental health, deaths in custody and occupation health and safety matters).
- The use of coercive powers and special investigative techniques.
- Civil and criminal appeals of all kinds including High Court special leave applications.
- Professional disciplinary proceedings.
- Advice and proceedings pursuant to the Aged Care Act 1997.
- Substituted decision-making and mental health.
- Contempt of court.
- The Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal.
- Youth crime and child protection.
- Subpoenas including applications pursuant to the confidential communications provisions of the Evidence (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1958.
- Evidentiary matters such as legal professional privilege, the privilege against self-incrimination and public interest immunity.
- Intentional torts including malicious prosecution.
- Proceedings pursuant to the Confiscation Act 1997.
- Proceedings pursuant to the Serious Sex Offender (Detention and Supervision) Act 2009.
- Prosecutions pursuant to the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004.
- Equal opportunity and discrimination.
Some notable matters in which Andrew has appeared are as follows.
- Glass (a pseudonym) v The Chief Examiner & Ors  VSC 507;  VSC 29;  VSCA 127 (led by R Niall QC – extension of time to bring judicial review arising out of organised crime drugs trial on question of use of coercively obtained evidence – special leave pending).
- Defending asylum-seekers detained in Nauru on charges of riot, unlawful assembly and related offences arising out of the 2013 disturbance at the Regional Processing Centre (November 2014).
- Jean Ross (a pseudonym) v The Chief Commissioner of Police and Anor  VSCA 254 (unled in trial division – led by OP Holdenson QC on appeal – application to use coercively obtained evidence in organised crime murder trial and appeal against grant of application – statutory interpretation).
- DF v The Queen  VSCA 288 (led by S Donaghue QC – appeal against contempt conviction on a question of statutory interpretation).
- The Queen (on the application of the Chief Examiner) v D F (No. 2)  VSC 213 (led by B Young SC – contempt sentence).
- The Queen (on the application of the Chief Examiner) v D F  VSC 119 (with G Livermore – contempt liability for refusal to answer questions before the Chief Examiner).
- Inquiry into the conviction of David Harold Eastman for the murder of Colin Stanley Winchester (led by Dr I Freckleton QC – post-appeal judicial inquiry into conviction for murder).
- Director of Public Prosecutions for the Australian Capital Territory and Anor v The Honourable Acting Justice Brian Martin  ACTSC 104 (led by Dr I Freckleton QC – intervening in judicial review proceedings arising out of the judicial inquiry).
- Police v Bagg; Police v Rout (unreported, Magistrates’ Court, 2013) (led by J Langmead QC – acting for Victoria Police and Corrections authorities in threatened contempt proceedings arising out of the prison accommodation crisis).
- Matthews v SPI Electricity Pty Ltd and SPI Electricity Pty Ltd & Ors v Utility Services Corporation Ltd & Ors (Ruling No 15)  VSC 112 (led by J Langmead QC – admissibility of Royal Commission materials in bushfires class action).
- Worksafe v J & T International Pty Ltd (unreported, Magistrates’ Court, 2013) (first ever prosecution of a charge pursuant to s 28 of the Occupation Health and Safety Act 2004 – criminal liability of engineers in design of workplace)