Andrew Cheetham

Andrew is the national head of general insurance at HWL Ebsworth. He has over two decades of experience assisting statutory bodies, insurers, captives, corporates, directors, and brokers with the defence of claims and regulatory investigations. He also provides both contentious and non-contentious policy advice to those clients. The work Andrew’s team does spans all major insurance lines (liability, environmental, D&O, professional indemnity, construction and engineering, BIR, regulatory and property) and consists of 15 specialist corporate insurance lawyers.


Andrew’s experience includes advising:

  • A Queensland statutory authority in the defence of a Crime and Corruption Commission investigation;
  • Queensland government department, commercial guidance about insurable risks in connection with negotiating a multimillion-dollar arrangement with its IT provider;
  • The ex-CIO and director of an ASX listed funds management company (in liquid) in defending a class action for breaches of directors’ duties in Federal Court;
  • Insurers, as defence counsel, in an environmental insurance dispute in respect of contamination issues at a major international airport;
  • A captive insurer for an ASX listed national rail operator in respect of major derailments and recovery of loss against third parties;
  • Regulatory advice to national transport insurer for relief from DSM provisions stemming from Hayne royal commission;
  • Major banks and financial institutions as defence counsel, in multimillion dollar claims for negligence and misleading and deceptive advice/conduct;
  • Domestic and international insurers across major banks and financial institutions, as coverage counsel on remediation programs, regulatory investigations, and prosecutions;
  • International D&O insurers, as coverage and monitoring counsel, in respect of numerous class actions initiated against banks and other financial institutions;
  • The D&O insurers of ASX listed leisure management company, as coverage counsel for the WHS investigation and coronial inquest following the death of four patrons at Dreamworld;
  • Excess insurers, as coverage counsel, on a banking and professional liability policy for claims against a financial services providers for breaches of money laundering and terrorism funding provisions; and
  • Insurers, as coverage counsel, in relation to analysing complicated financial and regulatory claims surrounding manipulation of wholesale interbank interest rates and associated pecuniary penalties.

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