Andrew Sharpe


Andrew is an insurance law specialist with 25 years’ experience acting for major Australian and international insurers. He provides advice on a range of issues including strategy, policy drafting, coverage and regulatory disputes, and claims advice. Andrew is also an experienced litigator of financial lines claims with particular expertise in management liability and professional claims against financial (accountants, financial planners, stockbrokers), insurance (brokers and agents) and property (real estate and valuation) professionals.

He’s known for his strategic thinking and collaborative approach, with the ability to affect positive change for the industry generally and deliver enhanced outcomes for clients, insureds, brokers, and agencies.

Through his chairmanship of the National Insurance Law Committee of the Law Council of Australia and collaboration with key insurance, intermediary and professional associations, he has successfully influenced government on a range of policy issues. He is a member of the NSW Committee of the Australian Insurance Law Association, a Fellow of the Australian Property Institute and frequently delivers industry seminars on behalf of ANZIIF and the National Insurance Brokers Association.

Andrew is admitted to practice as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia. He also has a degree in economics and completed his Honours thesis on the topic of proportionate liability schemes prior to the introduction of such schemes in Australia.

Andrew has been included in Best Lawyers in Australia since 2013 for Alternative Dispute Resolution, Insurance Law, and Litigation. He is recognised in the areas of Insurance Law, Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution. He is also listed in Doyle’s Guide as a recommended lawyer for professional indemnity.

Oct 11, 2022

INSIGHT: Pursuing personal advantage: an age old story

Hakea Holdings Pty Ltd v McGrath (No 2) [2022] FCA 995 This case considers the liability of directors who pursue their own personal interest at the expense of the company and the impact of such conduct on coverage under D&O insurance policies. It also considers what constitutes a ‘Claim’ and a ‘circumstance’ under a common […]

Aug 3, 2018

INSIGHT: Unfair Contract Terms: Not if but how

Debate as to whether Australia’s unfair contract terms laws (UCT laws) should be extended to insurance contracts has raged periodically since the UCT laws were introduced. In December 2017 the Government announced that it would extend the UCT laws to insurance. In June 2018 Treasury released a Proposals Paper outlining its proposed model. On 24 […]