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Established in 2004, Meridian Lawyers is a dynamic and innovative law firm with offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Newcastle, Brisbane, Perth and Canberra. Clients look to our experienced and award winning team for advice in Insurance, Corporate & Commercial, Workplace Relations & Safety, Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution, and Health Law.

As one of the fastest growing law firms in Australia, the core of our approach at Meridian is delivering cost-effective legal services and understanding the key issues facing our clients. We work with industry leaders and regulators to adapt, reinvent and drive success into the future. At Meridian we genuinely set ourselves apart: not just in terms of what we do and how we do it, but also why we do it.

At the heart of it, we are people who are passionate about legal practice and helping others prosper. We look deeper, try to understand better and we ask more questions. Our lawyers are approachable, down-to-earth and caring and our team is committed to understanding your business and your issues. Ongoing education and training is vital to staying innovative in an evolving and highly regulated environment. We offer bespoke education programs and, wherever possible, seek opportunities to collaborate and share knowledge and lessons learned with our clients.


Meridian is passionate about diversity and promoting equality across the firm. Our commitment is reflected in our culture, practices, programs and policies.

Our structure provides support to our people to embrace differences and feel empowered. We recognise that through diversity of thought, we enhance innovation and creativity.

We also recognise that differences are not a barrier to success – leveraging differences enables us to achieve our goals as a business. Recognising differences and promoting inclusivity in our work practices enables people to feel respected for their uniqueness, valued for their contributions, and empowered to succeed.

We are an equal opportunities employer with a strong record of support for family-friendly policies. We effect diversity in practice, whether this is through provision of training, raising awareness, or maintaining an inclusive workplace environment. Meridian has adopted the Australian Law Council’s Diversity and Equality Charter to reflect the strength of our commitment.

Our areas of focus include drawing attention to issues of:

  • social responsibility
  • diversity and inclusion
  • health and safety
  • human rights
  • philanthropy
  • environmental and sustainability concerns.


Our executive team ensure that we have the right resources to suit our clients’ legal needs, by assembling teams with the necessary legal skills, industry experience and regional knowledge.


Managing Director Paul Baker
Paul Baker
Managing Director
Robert Kelly
Managing Director/CEO, Steadfast Group
John Dowling
Non-Legal Practitioner Director – Chairman
Andrew Bloore
Non-Legal Practitioner Director


Key events that have shaped our evolution.

  • Sydney office opens under the name of Guild Legal
  • Insurance practice established with a team of 14
  • Guild Group Holdings acquires a shareholding in Guild Legal
  • Melbourne and Newcastle offices open
  • Commercial law offering established
  • Employment law offering established
  • Business name Meridian Lawyers introduced
  • Brisbane office opens
  • Commercial Litigation offering established
  • Steadfast Group Ltd acquires a shareholding interest in Meridian
  • Meridian Lawyers and CLS join forces in Brisbane
  • Meridian reaches 100 employees
  • Perth office opens
  • Number of team members reaches 140 with 85 professional staff
  • Voted ‘Insurance Law Firm of the Year’ in Australia by Corporate INTL Global Awards
  • Voted ‘Best Insurance Law Firm’ and ‘Commercial Litigator of the Year’ in Sydney by Oceania News
  • Insurance Specialist Firm of the Year Award, Australasian Law Awards 2020
  • Meridian reaches 200 employees
  • Significant growth with new practice areas established in CTP and Recoveries
  • We establish a strategic alliance with one of Singapore’s leading law firms, Donaldson & Burkinshaw
  • November – Canberra office opens
  • Meridian celebrates 20 years in business
  • Ranked as a Tier 1 firm in Insurance Law in the inaugural edition of Best Law Firms – Australia