New Partner: HBA Secures Industry Leader for  NewLaw Growth

Date: June 13, 2018


News Release:   13 June 2018


New Partner: HBA Secures Industry Leader for NewLaw Growth


Industry leader and pre-eminent WA medical negligence and professional indemnity lawyer, Dr Andrew Lu OAM, is joining legal services entrepreneur HBA Legal to spearhead its Perth-based Medical Malpractice and Health Law service.

Dr Lu joins the national insurance law firm in July, from his role managing the Professional Development arm of The Law Society of WA. He led the MedMal practice at Jarman McKenna for over four years, and was a Senior Associate at MinterEllison for nine years prior.  He is also currently an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the Law School at the University of Western Australia, a medical and health law editor of Halsbury’s Laws of Australia, and a researcher and writer about developments in the industry.

“Andrew’s technical skill is second to none, but the real draw for HBA is the marriage of this with his great enquiring mind and leadership in our profession,” said Brett Ablong, HBA Legal founder and managing director. “HBA is about forging change in how we think about legal services, and how we better solve client problems.  That takes a certain aptitude.

“Andrew has a rare mix of legal, commercial and academic experience, all the drivers HBA looks for to help us break the mould and drive change in our industry.”

Dr Lu said: “HBA presents an exciting opportunity. It’s a true innovator at this time of fundamental change in the legal profession, and openly fosters a culture of creativity with collegiality.

“It’s a young firm which works for me, and critically, I get to elevate HBA’s medical and health law practice which is such an important area and requires particular skill, sensitivity, and knowledge.”


Dr Lu graduated LLB from UWA, LLM from New England, and holds Doctorate of Juridical Science from The Australian National University. He is Fellow of ANZIIF and Finsia, and a Chartered Tax Adviser. A non-executive director of several private companies, he gives practical support to the not-for-profit sector on the boards of the National Gallery of Australia Foundation, and the Arts Law Centre of Australia.   He is an advocate for inclusion and diversity across all dimensions, and won the Professional Services Category of the 40 Under 40 Awards in 2017, Arts Law’s national Arts Community Pro Bono Award in 2016, and received the Order of Australia medal in 2008.



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Michaela Southby, 0401 367 673

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