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Andrew has experience in a broad range of commercial and financial disputes including international arbitrations, bilateral investment treaty disputes and general litigation matters with a strong focus on the shipping, aviation, mining and commodities, oil & gas and other energy sectors.

His shipping expertise encompasses shipbuilding, ship repair, MoA, charterparty, cargo, enforcement and other dry shipping disputes including in specialised sectors such as LNG and cruise. In the aviation sector, he advises on repossessions, lease redelivery, airframe and engine damage, base maintenance and insurance disputes.

Andrew’s natural resources expertise extends to commodities trading, trade finance and mining investment disputes, while his experience in the offshore oil & gas and energy sectors covers construction, drilling and service agreement disputes, as well as wider industry disputes such as judicial reviews.

He is recommended by Legal 500 UK, who described him in 2021 as “being attentive to concerns and concerned with the clients’ objectives – he is pragmatic, very combative, persevering and successful”.


Trained Sydney, New South Wales; Garland Seaborn & Abbott, Sydney 1985-89; qualified 1992; Watson, Farley & Williams 1990 to date.


Law Society of New South Wales; Law Society of England and Wales.


Sydney University (1984 LLB); Tulane University (1990 LLM Admiralty).

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > Commodities disputes

(Leading individuals)

Andrew HutcheonWatson Farley & Williams LLP

Watson Farley & Williams LLP ‘provides the most practical solutions‘ and clients praise its ability to take on ‘high-value, serious work, based all over the world‘. Andrew Ward and Rebecca Williams lead the dispute resolution practice, which is ‘very well resourced and able to take on the biggest opponents‘. Andrew Hutcheon is the key partner for contentious matters in the commodities, mining, oil & gas, shipping and aviation sectors. Rob Fidoe specialises in international commercial dispute resolution, particularly arbitration, and advises corporates and multinationals in industry sector such as energy, infrastructure and international trade.

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market

Watson Farley & Williams LLP‘s ‘very effective team‘ is constantly involved in some of the English Courts’ highest profile commercial litigation; and the fielding of dispute resolution teams from Europe, Asia, the US and the Middle East (in addition to London) facilitates the coordination of complex cross-jurisdictional cases. The practice also stands out for its expertise in large-scale, commercial and corporate litigation in the transport, energy and real estate sectors. The team is jointly led by transport sector expert Andrew Ward; and construction, engineering, petrochemical and energy disputes specialist Rebecca Williams. Also integral to the group are Charles Buss, who focuses on maritime litigation, as well as general commercial and banking disputes; Rob Fidoe, who is ‘building a very strong commercial litigation practice‘; and commercial and financial disputes expert Andrew Hutcheon. At senior associate level Mark McAllister-Jones and Jemma Dhillon both have extensive commercial litigation practices.