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Andrew Williams

Andrew Williams


When clients engage Andrew he solves their problems – he doesn’t create new ones. Andrew works closely with his clients to understand their legal issues and broader commercial position and delivers practical advice in language they can easily understand.

In his role as head of our Commercial Disputes team, Andrew applies his expertise across many industries including mining, resources, engineering, wine and corporate. He advises and acts in a range of dispute resolution matters for clients and practises in a variety of courts.

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Andrew’s adaptability is demonstrated by the diverse clients he represents. Andrew has acted in litigation for statutory authorities and major engineering contractors and for major mining and resources companies in disputes. He has also acted for a major accounting firm, significant wine industry clients and a major supermarket chain in various disputes, including urgent injunctions in the Supreme and Federal Courts.

Andrew enjoys working closely with his clients’ businesses and developing close working relationships. He works particularly hard to ‘stand in his clients’ shoes’ in order to better understand their legal and commercial position, to identify and understand the relevant technical details of a matter and provide commercially-relevant and informed advice.


  • Bachelor of Laws (with Hons)
  • Bachelor of Science (Jurisprudence) (Hons)
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
  • Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of South Australia and the High Court of Australia


  • Law Society of South Australia Member
  • International Wine Law Association (Australasian Chapter) Member
  • Australian Mining and Petroleum Law Association (AMPLA) Member
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Association of Corporate Counsel

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