Dealing with fraud within your organisation or responding to an allegation of fraud against yourself is complicated and stressful. It can be difficult to know how best to proceed and what needs to be done to protect your interests.
Unlike other fraud lawyers, Andrew also has a background in law enforcement and holds qualifications in fraud investigation, making him uniquely qualified as a fraud expert. Andrew’s expertise was recognised in the 2020 edition of ‘Best Lawyers’ in Australia.
Andrew has a stellar reputation assisting fraud victims to recover stolen assets. He understands how to navigate the peculiar legal and factual complexities when investigating fraud and knows how to explore every avenue to assist his clients to maximise recovery, often using his network of contacts specialised in forensic accounting, document analysis, and IT forensics (imaging electronic devices).
Andrew typically assists victims of fraud to obtain Court freezing and search orders to prevent assets being disposed of or evidence destroyed. When appropriate Andrew also assists victims to report fraud to police or other government agencies. Andrew’s extensive experience means that he is attuned to new fraud methodologies and has the resources to investigate them. In February 2019, Andrew was successful in obtaining the first freezing and search order over cryptocurrency assets in Australia.
In addition to assisting victims of fraud, Andrew also works with individuals or companies defending fraud charges in either civil or criminal jurisdictions. He also acts for individuals defending proceedings commenced by ASIC, the ACCC, the ATO and other Government agencies. Andrew has also appeared in numerous Royal Commissions and Inquiries, hearings before the Ombudsman and various disciplinary and domestic tribunals.
In 2007 ASIC commenced an investigation against me regarding AWB’s involvement in the UN Oil for Food Program. In December 2016, after a lengthy hearing in the Supreme Court, all 13 allegations were dismissed. After 9 long years it was a comprehensive & satisfying victory. Andrew’s method of listening to his client, methodically deconstructing & then reconstructing a body of evidence (he calls it his jigsaw method) & then presenting a case based on fact, was critical in enabling the Court to cut through the rhetoric, & deliberate complexity from the opposing side. During the trial Andrew’s sharp intellect proved invaluable in anticipating, countering & defeating the prosecutor’s court room tactics. I cannot speak highly enough of Andrew. I have no hesitation to recommend Andrew to any prospective client.
We engaged Andrew when our client, Dual Australia Pty Ltd, had been defrauded over $16M. Andrew gave timely and expert advice leading to the commencement of proceedings and a successful application where he appeared in the Supreme Court of Victoria and obtained asset Freezing orders and Search orders. Andrew was also intimately involved in negotiations leading to a quick resolution of the litigation. Our client was most pleased with the outcome and we wouldn’t hesitate to brief Andrew again.
We had a major fraud in our business commited by the company CFO. We didn’t expect to get our money back, but thanks to Andrew most was retrieved. We would have been in strife otherwise. Andrew was fantastic and once we achieved civil recovery, Andrew liaised with the police detectives resulting in the fraudster being jailed.
Andrew and I have successfully worked together on several complex fraud matters over the years and I would not hesitate to continue to do so in the future.