Areas of Practice
- Customs, Trade and Transport
- International Relations
- Corporate and Commercial Law
Andrew commenced working with Hunt & Hunt in 2004 and is a member of the firm's corporate and international relations teams.
Andrew practices in the area of commercial law with a focus on customs and international trade. He has provided legal services to all parties involved with industry, including importers, exporters, customs brokers, freight forwarders, shipper and trade financiers. This has involved advice and actions seeking judicial and administrative review of government departments.
He has provided advice covering all aspects of trade ranging from international trade conventions, arbitrations to resolve disputers, trade financing options, commodity and freight contracts to dealing with inquiries and prosecutions by Customs in such matters as dumping and alleged underpayments of customs duty, together with all related litigation.
His key projects include:
- representing a significant Australian manufacturer n a number of AAT matters to oppose application for tariff Concession orders by importers of competition products;
- acting for a Chinese manufacturer and exporter of chemicals to oppose allegations of dumping of their product in Australia;
- acting for a major Australian importer of Asian foodstuffs to oppose application of anti-dumping measures including successful review of Customs action to the trade Measures Review Offices;
- acting for a number of Australia companies to review tariff classifications adopted by Customs leading to reduction of duty payable and refund of past duty paid;
- acting for industry associations, importers and service providers to service compensation for losses following the introduction of new Customs IT systems in October 2005; and
- representing industry in relation to the introduction of new legislation including appearances before the Senate Inquiries and implementing legislation. This ahs included submissions to the Senate Inquiries on Trade Modernisation Legislation, legislation imposing strict and absolute liability offences (including for customs offences) new anti-dumping legislation, proposed Free Trade Agreements and other customs powers. Andrew is also a regular presenter at industry forums on legal developments.
Andrew was awarded the CBFCA National Award for contribution to the CBFCA and Barrier Clearance/International Freight Forwarding Industry in 2002 and 2006.
Memberships / Professional Associations
Member, Council of the Law Institute of Victoria for 2006
Past Committee Member, Kelvin Club
Past Chairman, Customs and International Transactions Committee of the Law Council of Australia
Chair, International Law Committee of the Law Institute of Victoria
Chair, Customs, Trade and Transport Special Business Team of Interlaw (www.interlaw.org)
Member, Victorian Committee of Management of Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia
Member, Section Executive of the International Law Sectional of the Law Council of Australia.
Co-Convenor, Law Council and Austrade Roundtable
Past Member, Customs National Consultative Committee (CNCC) being the peak consultative body between the Australian Customs Service and Industry
Member, Advisory Committee to the Australian Law Reform Commission’s Reference on “Civil and Administrative Penalties”
Member, University of Melbourne Confucius Institute Business Advisory Committee
Member, Trade Remedies Task Force of the Australian Industry Group
Member, Services Export Advisory Committee conducted by DIIRD within Victorian Government
Member, Programs Advisory Committee for the School of Applied Economics at Victoria University
Past Member, Executive of the Administrative Law and Human Rights Committee of the Law Institute of Victoria
Member, “Working Party on E-Commerce” of the Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia
Affiliate Member, Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia
- University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Arts
- University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Laws