Insurance

Insurance is the cornerstone of our business at Meridian. We have an established reputation for excellence in insurance law and are consistently recognised as a leading Australian insurance law firm. Of our 20 Principals, 16 are dedicated insurance specialists.

As a trusted legal advisor to many Australian and overseas insurers, we are mindful of the strategic and operational challenges facing the industry and those specific to our clients. By understanding the issues and focusing on what matters most, we are well positioned to deliver claims management, litigation, corporate advisory and regulatory advice.

Our client relationships and track record include advising general and life insurers, underwriters, self-insured entities, reinsurers, mutuals, underwriting and claims management agencies, brokers and intermediaries, industry associations, and a wide range of corporate organisations.

Delivering cost-effective, pragmatic and commercially astute advice, we understand our clients’ focus on risk management strategies including monitoring of claims costs, pricing, alternative dispute resolution, and the need for accurate reserving, regulatory and prudential governance.

Our experience extends to Europe and Singapore where we have high-level capabilities delivering advice and services for Lloyd’s Syndicates and the companies market, adhering to reporting protocols, reserving philosophies and binder arrangements as they apply in the Australian market.

We are consistently recognised for our leadership in the insurance space by industry leaders and peers. In the 2019 Edition of Best Lawyers, 14 of our senior insurance lawyers were acknowledged. Meridian was also announced as the Insurance Law Firm of the Year in Australia in 2018 in the Client Choice category by Global Law Experts. In 2017, Meridian was the top ranking insurance law firm when taking into account all insurance areas in Doyle’s Guide and notably, all of our NSW Insurance Principals were recognised. Our team was also shortlisted as a finalist in the Lawyers Weekly Insurance Law Firm of the Year. These awards are a testament to Meridian’s commitment to excellence.

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  • Health,
  • Dec 6, 2019
  • Author: Andrew Saxton
  • INSIGHT: General practitioner successfully appeals negligence finding

    Abstract A Sydney-based general practitioner has successfully appealed a finding of negligence based on an alleged failure to refer a patient for specialist treatment in the context of particular pathology results (which predated his involvement in the patient’s care) on a background of a chronic and prolonged health condition.   District Court proceedings [1] Mr […]

  • Health,
  • Nov 13, 2019
  • Author: Kellie Dell’Oro
  • INSIGHT: A reminder about the potential strength of ‘usual practice’ evidence

    Phelan v Melbourne Health [2019] VSCA 205 Defending or even assessing the merits of an action in medical negligence can often be challenging when the medical practitioners involved cannot recall the particular patient concerned. Through no one’s fault, memory can be impeded by the lapse of time and high patient volume loads. As such, it […]

  • Insurance,
  • Nov 11, 2019
  • Author: Peter Axelrod
  • INSIGHT: Insurance, drones and you.

    Article 1 of 3 – An Introduction In a series of upcoming articles, we will be providing: An overview of drone regulations and rules Licensing requirements for drone use A summary of the potential liabilities and penalties Information on what happens if injury is caused by an individual, state employee or commercial operator- does it […]

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