Andrew Orr

Andrew Orr

Principal Commercial Litigation and Insurance | Brisbane
07 3014 6512 aorr@mcw.com.au Download vCard

Boasting an international background spanning from London to Brisbane, Andrew joined McInnes Wilson Lawyers in 2011 and has proved to be an asset since. 

Specialising in professional indemnity, life insurance and commercial litigation, Andrew was appointed principal in 2015.  He is a pragmatic and passionate lawyer who has built a strong reputation among major insurers across Australia and the United Kingdom. 
Andrew is known for his commitment to deliver commercial advice and results to clients.

Recognised in Best Lawyers in Australia for his work in Insurance Law
Best Lawyers Australia 2019 Edition

Andrew's Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science, University of Queensland
  • Juris Doctor, University of Queensland
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, College of Law

Andrew's Expertise

  • Commercial litigation
  • Professional and directors and officers liability
  • Life insurance
  • Commercial insurance

Andrew's Leadership

  • Australian Professional Indemnity Group
  • Australasian Life Underwriting and Claims Association Inc
  • Australian Professional Indemnity Group (APIG) Committee (QLD Chapter)
  • Member, Queensland Law Society

Andrew's Recent Experience

Area of Expertise

Area of Expertise

Professional liability

Work Undertaken

Appointed to the Lexon panel to defend claims against Qld lawyers. BWC Properties Pty Ltd v. Queensland Insurance Brokers Pty Ltd & Anor (QSC – 2013) - Acting for an insurance broker for failure to competently advise in respect of flood cover pre-2011 Brisbane flood. Defending numerous claims against building certifiers, architects, and engineers.

Area of Expertise

Area of Expertise

Life insurance

Work Undertaken

Kristoffersson v Superannuation Complaints Tribunal QUD673/2013 - successfully opposing appeal to the Full Federal Court from a decision of the SCT to affirm declinature of cover under life insurance policy. Defending claims on the basis of fraudulent non-disclosure and misrepresentation. Defending numerous claims in respect of disputed TPD benefits.

Area of Expertise

Area of Expertise

Commercial litigation

Work Undertaken

Treton Pty Ltd v HM Australia & Anor (2012) (QCA) - Obtained specific performance of a contract by a purchaser which refused on the basis of statutory breaches by the developer post GFC. Upheld on appeal. BDO v Rich QSC (2006) BS 6034/06 - successfully obtained an urgent interim injunction restraining a former partner from acting for clients of his former firm, a decision upheld on appeal. BDO v Sully (2015) QSC 166 - successfully applied to restrain a former partner from acting for clients of his former firm.

Andrew's recent publications

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  1. REVEALING THE RISKS OF REINSURANCE

    16 Oct 2018

    A recent decision by Slattery J in MX V FSS Trustee Corporation as Trustee of the First State Superannuation Scheme & Anor [2018] NSWSC 923 highlights the risks and relevance of reinsurance arrangements in the assessment of Total and Permanent...

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  2. Deferring the Assessment Date – Wilkin v TAL Life Limited & Ors

    31 Oct 2016

    On 24 June 2016, Dorney DCJ handed down his decision in Wilkin v TAL Life Limited & Ors,[1] referring the matter back to TAL to determine whether Mr Wilkin was Totally and Permanently Disabled (TPD) within the meaning of the relevant policy of...

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  3. TPD Claims- Reynolds v Sunsuper Pty Ltd & Ors [2016]

    08 Jun 2016

    Yesterday Justice Dorney of the District Court of Queensland handed down his decision in Reynolds v Sunsuper Pty Ltd & AIA Australia Limited [2016][1]. The decision is welcomed by insurers as it vets numerous issues which are often the subject of...

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