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.

Listed in The Best Lawyers in Australia 2020 for Insurance Law

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. When will delay constitute a breach of a TPD insurer’s obligations? Can the second stage be decided “on the papers”?

    14 Mar 2019

    A recent decision by Parker J in Sargeant v FSS Trustee Corporation [2018] NSWSC 1997 demonstrates circumstances in which delay will not constitute a breach of a Total and Permanent Disability (TPD) insurer’s obligations. The decision also addresses...

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  2. Importance of Considering Psychological Medications in TPD Claims

    07 Mar 2019

    A recent decision by Hallen J in Folmer v VicSuper Pty Ltd & Anor [2018] NSWSC 1503 highlights the importance of giving real consideration to any psychological medications, and the full-time/part-time nature of work specified in the policy definition,...

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  3. 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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