Veterinary

Recent debate in Australia has focused on animal welfare issues, particularly following the political and public reaction to live trade exports. We work with veterinarians to ensure you understand the legislation and professional codes guiding your legal and ethical responsibilities.

Supporting veterinarians

We support the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) and its members in understanding and dealing with the consequences of any breach of their standards of professional conduct and care.

We assist practitioners who face complaints of unsatisfactory and professional misconduct, and in connection with claims for damages. The veterinary profession maintains a large degree of control over veterinarians’ professional practice, guided by the AVA Code of Professional Conduct.

Legal advice and services

If you are buying or selling a veterinary practice, entering or exiting a partnership, entering into a new lease, managing workplace issues or planning for your retirement, you need clear advice from experienced lawyers who have a detailed understanding of your profession.

Our dedicated team can advise you on:

  • professional indemnity claims;
  • public liability claims;
  • disciplinary matters;
  • privacy complaints;
  • responding to complaints and demands for compensation;
  • acquisition and sale of a veterinary businesses;
  • negotiating premises leases and lease disputes;
  • business restructures and advice on business and asset protection;
  • franchises and similar arrangements;
  • protecting your goodwill, including advising on the protection of intellectual property rights and the enforceability of trade restraints;
  • debt refinancing;
  • establishing or exiting a partnership, including resolving partnership disputes;
  • business succession planning and advice;
  • workplace and employment issues under the Animal Care and Veterinary Services Award 2010; and
  • relevant regulatory issues under the various legislation.

Legal Insights

  • Selling a veterinary practice

    Aim for a pain free goodbye: Meridian Lawyers acts for vets in the sale and purchase of veterinary practices. Here is a brief overview of the legal process, together with tips on how to make the process as pain free as possible. Step 1: Gather information about your practice The vet selling the…

  • Vets must be vigilant to avoid legal action

    An increasingly litigious society and ever-greater humanisation of pets means vets must be vigilant to avoid legal action. This article was written by Chris Sheedy and republished with permission from Vet Practice Magazine, June 2017. Whether a vet’s patient is a million-dollar racehorse, a $250,000 stud bull, a $100,000 exotic bird…

  • Power couple

    Vet Practice magazine recently interviewed Georgina Odell, Senior Associate at Meridian Lawyers - read her insights into how to succeed in a business partnership in the article “Power couple”. Thinking of going into partnership with a colleague? Vet Practice magazine's writer Charmaine Teoh shares some legal and financial issues to consider before opening the…

  • Biosecurity guidelines: Do they pose an increased legal risk to veterinarians?

    Practitioners will be aware of biosecurity guidelines published by the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA). In response to this, some AVA members raised concerns about the legal consequences and whether this created additional legal risk. It is fair to say that the thinking of defence lawyers and insurers has changed dramatically…

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