Meridian has a significant dentistry client base – we are the principal legal advisers to the Australian Dental Association (ADA) and branch members. Our familiarity with the risks dental practitioners face enables us to provide high quality risk management advice and legal support when clients most need it.

Dental practitioners, including dentists, dental prosthetists, dental hygienists and oral health therapists, benefit from dealing with a legal team that cares and understands the distressing impact that claims of misconduct or negligence can have on them and their staff.

Our team provides support throughout the legal process with strategies to minimise reputational risk and disruptions to work.

We act for all dental practitioners in responding to complaints lodged with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and assist in responding to litigation and demands for compensation.

Key services

  • Defending professional negligence claims
  • Defending public liability claims
  • Managing disciplinary matters
  • Addressing discrimination complaints
  • Managing privacy complaints
  • Coronial inquests
  • Private health fund and Medicare investigations
  • Managing the acquisition and sale of businesses, including due diligence
  • Negotiating premises leases and lease disputes
  • Business restructures and advice on business and asset protection
  • Review and preparation of employment contracts, contractor agreements and services and facilities agreements
  • Advising on franchises and similar arrangements
  • Protecting goodwill, including advising on the protection of intellectual property rights and the enforceability of trade restraints
  • Debt refinancing
  • Advising on establishing or exiting a partnership, including resolving partnership disputes
  • Business succession planning and advice
  • Managing workplace disputes and issues
  • Advising on regulatory issues relevant to all dental practitioners, including registration