Andrew Davidson

Andrew is a Partner in the Commercial Litigation Practice in the Perth office of HWL Ebsworth. Andrew has practised in Construction, Commercial Litigation and Insurance for over 25 years in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Australia. Andrew joined HWL Ebsworth as a partner in 2013 following its merger with Downings Legal, where he was a partner for 12 years.

Andrew acts on behalf of a number of local, national and overseas companies, government agencies and insurers (Domestic, US and Lloyd’s) on a wide range of matters including professional indemnity/ Directors and officers/property damage/energy policies and contractual disputes, regulatory investigations, statutory breaches and construction/mining/resources disputes.

Andrew has been recognised for in both Best Lawyers™ Australia and Doyle’s Guide for Litigation.


Andrew’s experience includes acting for:

  • An insurer of an engineer who was sued in the Supreme Court for negligent design of a major construction project, with damages in excess of $50 million;
  • A major construction company with respect to a billion dollar infrastructure project and a dispute with the State Government, advising on a range of contractual issues, contractual interpretation and preparation of claim for filing in the Supreme Court;
  • A Government instrumentality in recovery actions against various entities arising from breach of contract, negligence and damage to assets;
  • A listed mining and resources company in proceedings relating to a dispute over contractual insurance and indemnity obligations, relating to an injury sustained on site;
  • A listed earthworks contractor with respect to a major tunnel collapse and in recovery proceedings;
  • Two corporate entities and an individual in the defence of an environmental prosecution concerning the unauthorised discharge of pollutants;
  • An accounting firm with respect to two regulatory investigations following alleged misappropriation of clients funds;
  • A tier-two construction company in defending WorkSafe prosecution as a result of a site fatality;
  • A Securities adviser in defending allegations of negligence and misleading and deceptive conduct arising from failed investments in mortgage and asset backed securities and CDOs, with claims in excess of $50 million;
  • The CFO of a public company with respect to investigations by Australian and US regulators into non-disclosure; and
  • A listed mining services company in defending a claim of breach of contract and negligence causing damage in excess of $300 million at Cape Lambert Mine.

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