Berger QC, Andrew

Senior General Counsel Dispute Resolution

Andrew is one of AGS’s most senior advocates. He has acted in many of the Commonwealth’s most significant litigation matters. He has broad experience in tort and administrative law, statutory interpretation, national security and the protection of information. He also has particular expertise in the use of alternative dispute resolution techniques.

He is a recognised expert in administrative law litigation and regularly appears for Commonwealth agencies in the Federal Court and High Court and numerous other courts and tribunals and has appeared for government agencies in a number of high-profile inquests and royal commissions.

Andrew was presented with an AGS Australia Day Award in 2007, in recognition of technical excellence, professionalism and dedication to advancing the interests of the Commonwealth in national security matters, and in 2010, in recognition of the outstanding support provided to the Montara Commission of Inquiry.

Recent experience

Andrew’s recent work includes advising/acting for the Commonwealth in:

  • a Hague Convention child abduction matter listed in the Full Family Court of Australia
  • the inquest into the death of an immigration detainee
  • the 2015 inquiry into the conviction of a person for the murder of the ACT Assistant Police Commissioner in 1989.

Qualifications

Practitioner’s Certificate in Mediation and Conciliation, Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators, 2001

Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Australian National University, 1996

Bachelor of Arts, Australian National University, 1994

Recognition

Andrew was presented with an AGS Australia Day Award in 2007, in recognition of technical excellence, professionalism and dedication to advancing the interests of the Commonwealth in national security matters, and in 2010, in recognition of the outstanding support provided to the Montara Commission of Inquiry.