Andrew Anderson 2017-08-15T15:58:45+00:00
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Andrew Anderson

Andrew Anderson has experience as both a solicitor and barrister. He has undertaken work in courts, tribunals and commissions throughout Australia, including as counsel in the High Court of Australia and the Queensland Court of Appeal.

As a barrister Andrew worked both in private practice operating as barrister registered with the Queensland Bar Assocation, as well and as a Principal Crown Prosecutor with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Upon joining the firm in 2013, Andrew focused on complex cases and draws on his extensive courtroom experience to assist clients. He provides expert legal advice as well as thorough and fearless advocacy in the courtroom.

Andrew Anderson AFT

Phone: (07) 3369 2200

Professional Background

Andrew completed a bachelor of economics and laws with honours degree, with his honours’ thesis being co-supervised by Aboriginal leader Noel Pearson. In 2006 he completed the Bar Practice Course through Queensland University of Technology. He has completed trial and appellate advocacy programs through the Australian Advocacy Institute.
Andrew has previously worked for the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and was appointed a Crown Prosecutor in 2007, a Senior Crown Prosecutor in 2009 and a Principal Crown Prosecutor in 2011. He has worked also in private practice as a barrister through the Queensland Bar Association. He was a Partner and Director of the law firm Boe Williams Anderson, prior to it merging with Fredericks Heywood in 2016 to form Anderson Fredericks Turner.
Andrew is currently a member of the Children’s Law Committee of the Queensland Law Society. He formerly held executive positions on the executive of the Downs and South West Law Association.
In 2015 Andrew received the ‘Outstanding Early Career’ Alumni Award from James Cook University through the College of Business, Law and Governance. Andrew has been recommended as a leading criminal lawyer in Queensland by independent review in both 2015 and 2016.

Notable Cases

Andrew has been engaged as junior counsel in a number of successful appeals in the High Court of Australia. His appeal work includes cases concerning propensity evidence for violent and sexual offences, as well as the constitutional guarantee of jury trials for certain crimes under the laws of the Commonwealth.

Andrew has appeared as both lead and junior counsel in the Queensland Court of Appeal, in relation to appeals against conviction as well as sentence.
  • Homicide offences: murder, manslaughter, dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death;
  • Drug offences: trafficking in dangerous drugs; supplying dangerous drugs;
  • Sexual offences: maintaining a sexual relationship with a child; rape; assault with intent to rape; indecent treatment of a child under 16; possessing child exploitation material; sexual assault; unnatural offences
  • Violent offences: robbery; grievous bodily harm; torture; assault occasioning bodily harm; wounding; deprivation of liberty; common assault; going armed so as to cause fear;
  • Dishonesty offences: burglary; fraud; stealing;
  • Driving offences: dangerous operation of a vehicle.
Andrew has appeared for survivors in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth in relation to case studies before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. He has also appeared in the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) both for clients and organisations in relation to disciplinary proceedings.


We entered the legal process hoping to have chosen an experienced and effective lawyer with whom we could feel comfortable and in whom we could feel confident. That Andrew was all of these was very apparent. At every point he considered the most effective approach and advised only the necessary steps to take that would benefit his client most and would also be the most cost effective. The outcome validated his considerable understanding of legal processes.

Andrew showed this skill while being calm, personal and genuinely caring. He surpassed expectations in going the extra mile. Although I wouldn’t have expected to be able to use  the words genuine, caring, humane and considerate to apply to a lawyer, they definitely applied to Andrew Anderson. We consider it a privilege to have been Andrew’s client and would highly recommend him to others.

Mother of Client (Domestic Violence Proceeding), Brisbane

Andrew Anderson of Anderson Fredericks Turner heard my anguish, embraced my call for justice and stood firmly beside me, openly capping his fees, and providing me the resources that were equally committed to representing the rights of every Queenslander. Applying his professional approach to the court system, he was able to gain results within a few short weeks. A few months later, the fight was over, the case was dismissed at committal, and the justification of changing to Anderson Fredericks Turner will never be questioned.

A testimonial to praise the ability of Anderson Fredericks Turner is the least that I can give back. I hope every person that reads this, and knows that they are innocent, holds the hope in their heart that a law firm does exist that will stand beside them through what is a traumatic time for yourself and more importantly your family. Anderson Fredericks Turner is that firm, and they are a firm who always believe in you as their number one priority.

W. Simondson (Criminal Law: Computer Hacking), Brisbane

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