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, 15 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 2021 Edition of Best Lawyers, 12 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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PERSPECTIVES

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  • Mar 22, 2021
  • Author: Robert Minc
  • INSIGHT: Commercial Occupiers: What is expected of them to keep premises safe?

    Carnemolla v Arcadia Funds Management Ltd [2020] NSWCA 308 Key takeaways An occupier of commercial premises does not have a duty to keep a floor dry at all times, but rather to take reasonable steps to minimise the risk of harm by ensuring an adequate inspection and cleaning system is in place. The plaintiff bears […]

  • Insurance,
  • Feb 16, 2021
  • Author: Robert Minc
  • INSIGHT: Waivers and extreme sports

    Marks v Skydive Holdings Pty Ltd [2021] VSC 21 Key takeaways Where an organisation wishes to rely on a waiver to bar all future claims against it, the waiver must be brought to the attention of the party in a sufficient manner. It is sensible to force a party to review and agree to the […]

  • Insurance,
  • Feb 9, 2021
  • Author: Robert Minc
  • INSIGHT: Are all activities performed in a gym recreational? The court says no.

    Powell v JFIT Holdings Pty Ltd t/as New Dimensions Health and Fitness Centre [2020] NSWDC 264 Background On 4 February 2016, a gym member twisted her back while clearing weights strewn about the floor of the gym to make space for her exercise regime. She sustained a serious spinal injury which has resulted in ongoing […]

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