Our Health Law Team includes Alison Choy Flannigan, Partner in
our Sydney office and Andrew Forbes, Partner in our Brisbane
Alison Choy Flannigan
Alison has over 19 years experience in acting for health and
life sciences clients. She advises in many areas of corporate and
commercial law with clients across a range of areas including
public and private hospitals and health care providers, private
health insurers, biotechnology, pharmaceutical and aged
In 2008, 2009 and 2010, she was nominated by her peers in Best
Lawyers International: Australia as one of Australia's
'best lawyers' in the area of health care and has
previously been named in Legal Profiles as a rising star in health
Alison specialises in corporate and commercial; regulatory and
health law. Alison is also Company Secretary of Research Australia
Limited and is a member of various hospital committees.
Andrew practises in litigation and administrative law with a
particular focus on health. He is recognised for his expertise in
Within his area of speciality, Andrew acts for: government and
administrative bodies including the health practitioner
registration boards advising on their regulatory responsibilities
and acting in applications for judicial review, administrative
appeals and disciplinary proceedings; insurers of health
professionals, hospitals and manufacturers of medical devices in
medical negligence claims, coronial inquests and has advised on
Andrew has acted in Commissions of Inquiry and led
investigations into health related incidents, such as the Hendra
virus outbreak. He has acted as 'counsel assisting' in
internal disciplinary hearings and inquiries.
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