Andrew Deards

Special Counsel

Andrew is a Special Counsel in our Dispute Resolution practice and has maintained a litigation practice throughout his career. 

He has appeared or instructed counsel in most NSW courts including the Local Court, District Court, Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and Court of Criminal Appeal, Coroner’s Court and the Land and Environment Court.  

Prior to joining Makinson d'Apice, Andrew worked for the Office of the General Counsel of the NSW Police Force and at the NSW Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. 

Andrew’s criminal law and policing background has proved invaluable in allowing him to establish and build rapport with clients and to quickly and efficiently distil the areas of both legal and corporate risk and to identify a strategic approach to litigation.

Legal Expertise 

  • Prosecuting offences under the Heavy Vehicle National Law.
     
  • Prosecuting and defending appeals for offences under the NSW Road Transport legislation.
     
  • Intentional torts spanning false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, assault / battery, misfeasance in public office and trespass to land and goods. 
     
  • Inquests and public inquiries including coronial inquests. 
     
  • Proceedings and civil applications including those under the Restricted Premises Act, the Law Enforcement (Powers and Responsibilities) Act and the Crimes (Serious Crime Prevention Orders) Act 2016.