Brokers

Meridian Lawyers provides brokers with focused advice and support. You will experience exceptional personal service and practical, strategic and cost-effective counsel from lawyers with substantial broker and insurance industry knowledge.

We understand brokers’ day-to-day operations better than most lawyers, after representing Steadfast Group, Australia’s largest insurance broker network group, in its major program of investment in 68 of its member brokers.

We acted on the majority of Steadfast Group’s business acquisitions and as a result we gained a detailed understanding the various frameworks within which brokers operate, the challenges broking businesses face and the overarching regulatory environment.

Supporting brokers

Our experienced team of lawyers knows and understands how brokers operate. Our depth of industry knowledge, combined with our cost-conscious approach and ‘one team’ focus, drives our responsiveness.

Our team’s combined experience gives us a thorough understanding of the operations and risk management strategies of the broker and insurance industry.

Our unique structure and business model allows us to distil the qualities of larger law firms but operate with the efficiencies of smaller practices. You will deal with people of exceptional quality and experience, matching our understanding of broking and insurance.

Legal advice and services

Our invaluable knowledge of broking businesses and insurance gives you a market advantage. We help clients forge partnerships and provide services while navigating a myriad of rules. Our legal offering and experience extends across a number of areas including:

Business structuring

  • advice, partnerships, trusts and general advice about designing the most appropriate and effective business structure
  • shareholder agreements/share purchase/buy sell/option agreements/business succession planning advice.

Broker operations

  • employment advice, contracts, contractor agreements
  • unfair dismissal/termination/adverse action claims
  • discrimination/bullying/harassment and workplace investigations
  • occupational health and safety
  • obligations arising under modern awards
  • confidentiality/privacy and protection of intellectual property
  • commercial leases
  • Wills and probate

Commercial litigation

  • commercial disputes
  • policy coverage disputes

Dealing with the regulator

  • licensing advice
  • AR and other agreements

Dealing with the insurer

  • binder agreements
  • distribution and service provider agreements.

Legal Insights

  • Corporate governance update: ASX Rules

    The 3rd edition of the ASX Corporate Governance Principles and Recommendations was released on 27 March 2014 with revisions aimed at the latest developments in corporate governance. What are the Principles and Recommendations? The ASX Listing Rules require ASX listed companies to disclose their corporate governance practices by reference to…

  • Keeping your website up-to-date and accurate

    The evolution of digital media means that when incorrect material is published the publisher has additional means available to minimise the harm caused – namely take it off the website and/or publish a timely update. By extension, a failure to do this adds to the damage caused. The Times debacle…

  • Strategic shareholding agreement with Steadfast Group

    August 2013: Steadfast Group Limited has acquired a shareholding interest in Meridian Lawyers in what represents an exciting development for the Australian law firm. The alliance embodies a cutting-edge business approach for a legal firm in Australia – something not seen previously in legal circles – and marks the transformation…

  • Employment Insights: Fair Work Commission lays down some markers on bullying

    As lawyers we often hesitate in drawing definite conclusions on allegations of bullying, so the last thing we want is for a general article like this to embolden the bully or intimidate the victim. This is because the facts of each case are so critical. For a long time there…

  • Meridian Lawyers successful in long-running professional negligence case

    Meridian Lawyers has successfully defended a long-running professional negligence case against a solicitor. Case note: Borgese [2017] NSWSC 92: The plaintiff, Domenico Borgese, was born into a family of orchardists near Leeton. He lived with his five sisters and his parents, Carmella and Giuseppe on the family farm. The plaintiff left school…

What our clients say

  • “Thank you to all the Meridian team for your support... I’ve never experienced such superior service from any partner/supplier in my professional career.”

    Marissa Limberis, Marketing Manager, Blooms

  • “The level of reserving strength is unusual in the industry. I have only ever seen it once before in the professional risks section of a large insurer.”

    Clive Amery, founding director,
    AM Actuaries

  • “Meridian has a fantastic team of professionals. You did the impossible with a calm and thorough approach throughout. Thank you.”

    Cameron McCullagh, former Chief Operating Officer, Steadfast

  • “Meridian Lawyers always provides an outstanding level of service and quality of advice to both the Australian Veterinary Association and our members.”

    Graham Catt, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Veterinary Association

  • “You have been nothing but brilliant, supportive and positive in your professionalism… I have no words to describe how fantastic you have been. Thank you is not sufficient.”

    Claudine Sachwald, Physiotherapist

  • “Meridian are more than just lawyers to us – they are there when our customers need them the most, providing advice and reassurance. They are a vital piece of the puzzle in the analysis of our claims trends, they are well respected in our markets as experts in the field and most importantly they deliver results. It is a unique partnership that I have not seen replicated in the industry.”

    Allison Prince, Head of Claims, Guild Insurance

  • “Guild Insurance has a unique working relationship with Meridian Lawyers. We have always found their service to be cost conscious and they focus upon commercial resolutions taking into account overall cost considerations. They provide a wonderful service to our team.”

    Chris Harcourt, National Liability Claims, Guild Insurance

  • “The Meridian experience combines a depth of experience across a wide group of industries and Associations with integrity, robust advice, support and a tenacious defence of their clients’ legal entitlements.”

    Bill O’Reilly, client

  • “Thinking about the person from Meridian Lawyers who managed your claim, on a scale of 0-10 how satisfied were you: 10 out of 10 for Helpfulness, Knowledge, Courtesy, Professionalism, Clear Communication, Frequency of Communication.”

    Source: GIL customer survey January 2014

  • “Whilst I would never have chosen to be in the position I have found myself to be in, I consider myself fortunate to have come to know and deal with Kellie Dell’Oro. Her absolute professionalism, integrity, palpable expertise and compassion are sincerely appreciated. She has been able to alleviate much of the stress associated with an inherently stressful process and for that I am truly grateful.”

    Physiotherapist, Victoria

  • “I would not hesitate to recommend Meridian Lawyers. Their service has been both professional and personalised – I could not have hoped for better legal support than I have received. Should I need legal advice again, Meridian Lawyers would most definitely be my first choice.”

    Physiotherapist, Victoria

Contact

  • Sydney

    Level 6, 20 Bond Street
    Sydney NSW 2000
    T:
    +61 2 9018 9999
    F:
    +61 2 9018 9900
  • Melbourne

    Level 12, 357 Collins Street
    Melbourne VIC 3000
    T:
    +61 3 9810 6777
    F:
    +61 3 9810 6770
  • Newcastle

    Level 6, 45 Watt Street
    Newcastle NSW 2300
    T:
    +61 2 4047 2600
    F:
    +61 2 4047 2699
  • Brisbane

    Level 8, 60 Edward Street
    Brisbane QLD 4000
    T:
    +61 7 3220 9333
    F:
    +61 7 3220 9399