Andrew Mitchard is the Managing Director of Johnston Withers and heads up the growing commercial law team.

He brings broad and valuable experience to the role. He started his practicing life as a lawyer dealing with the dual roles of tax and personal injury. He found as his clients evolved, so did he. He now practices in commercial law and commercial litigation – with a particular interest in secured debt documentation and recovery, commercial property matters, including high value transfers and commercial leasing.

Many of Andrew’s clients have been with him for years, following him from his previous firm to Johnston Withers when he joined in 2009. They admire his commercial nous, his easy manner, his practical approach, and his ability to give comprehensive advice. And the worth of that advice can be tracked in his clients’ successes – many of whom have grown significantly, some into multi-million dollar businesses.

In addition to his commercial work, Andrew carries responsibility for Johnston Withers’ regional office in Clare, visiting regularly and supporting the local staff.  He is also the State secretary of the Australian Lawyers Alliance, an organisation dedicated to the protection and promotion of justice.

Outside of law, Andrew is a keen follower of cricket and AFL and enjoys spending his spare time with his family.


  • Bachelor of Law


  • Law Society of South Australia
  • Australian Lawyers Alliance (State Committee Member)
  • American Association for Justice

Favourite Quote

  • Just do it!

Articles and Videos by Andrew Mitchard

SA Land Tax Reform. Managing Director, Andrew Mitchard & Head of Commercial Team, Kirsty Bennett 2020

Managing Director, Andrew Mitchard and Senior Lawyer, Kirsty Bennett present the new land tax changes which are coming into effect on 30 June 2020. The session goes for around 1 hour and covers: a summary of the changes; examples of how these changes effect aggregation of ownership and the calculation of land tax on jointly owned property and property held in discretionary, fixed and unit trusts; the process of nominating beneficiaries for property held by discretionary trusts – the advantages and pitfalls; summary of what Trusts may be defined as “excluded trusts”, explanation of how companies may be aggregated and a review the timeline and key dates including the land tax transitional fund (concessions and deferred payment arrangements due to Covid-19).