Andrew Watson

Principal

Key practice areas: Class actions
Other areas: Class actions
Qualifications: LLB (Hons), BSc (Hons)
Location: Melbourne (VIC)

Andrew Watson is the head of Maurice Blackburn's Class Actions department. He oversees a number of cases, including the unfair bank fees class action against the ANZ bank and seven others, and the bushfire class actions for people affected by the Kilmore East/Kinglake and Murrindindi/Marysville Black Saturday bushfires.

Andrew is an experienced litigator in class actions, particularly for shareholders who have been victims of corporate misconduct. He has extensive knowledge of the Australian industrial relations system, including industrial and employment law, discrimination law, defamation and privacy law.

Andrew's experience includes conducting the Multiplex class action, which related to Multiplex's disastrous Wembley Stadium project. Andrew was also Special Counsel on the Aristocrat class action, a role that included providing advice on complex legal issues, liaising with major institutional investors and briefing expert witnesses.

Andrew joined the ACTU as senior industrial officer in 2000. He was appointed Director Legal and Research in 2002 and was responsible for preparing and presenting the ACTU's major test cases, including the annual Minimum Wage Case to the Industrial Relations Commission.  He also represented the peak union body in other legal and industrial cases.

Read the Australian Financial Review profile on Andrew