Media Release | Meridian Lawyers announces internal promotions

June 23, 2022

Meridian Lawyers is delighted to announce its latest round of internal promotions, effective 1 July 2022.

The promotions have been made in Meridian’s Health Law, Insurance and Corporate & Commercial practice areas and reflect the firm’s ongoing commitment to developing and recognising exceptional talent.

Meridian has appointed senior Health Law practitioner Joanne Hayes (Sydney) to Principal.

Joanne Hayes has an exemplary track record in medico-legal matters, representing medical and allied health care practitioners in civil claims, inquests and disciplinary investigations.

Managing Director, Paul Baker, comments, “I am thrilled to announce Joanne’s promotion to Principal. She is an outstanding lawyer, with exceptional technical and leadership skills. With a stellar track record, and the confidence of her clients, Joanne has played an integral role in the continuing success of the firm’s health law practice. This is the second promotion for Joanne since she joined the firm in 2017 and I am delighted to announce her recent promotion to Principal.”

Meridian has also promoted Timothy Brown (Melbourne) to Special Counsel, Kristina Fox (Brisbane) and Jennifer Balech (Sydney) to Senior Associate and Alexander Hughes (Sydney) to Associate.

Managing Director, Paul Baker said, “I am immensely proud of the achievements each of these outstanding individuals has made in their respective practice areas. They have each demonstrated their ongoing commitment to our clients and our firm, and I am delighted to be able to reward their legal and business acumen.

On a personal note, it is very pleasing to see our people develop their skills and confidence. It is equally pleasing to be able to recognise and reward the high calibre talent we have in our business. Meridian is committed to growing and nurturing our team of dedicated insurance and health law, and corporate and commercial lawyers and I congratulate Joanne, Timothy, Kristina, Jennifer and Alexander on their achievements.”


About Meridian Lawyers

Meridian Lawyers provides focused legal advice in insurance law, health law, corporate and commercial law, workplace relations and safety, and commercial litigation and dispute resolution.

Meridian has grown significantly since its inception in 2004 and numbers more than 140 staff with 23 Principals in offices located in Sydney, Newcastle, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.

Meridian was recently selected as the only Australian law firm to join the exclusive Insuralex Global Insurance Lawyers Group, the world’s leading insurance and reinsurance law firm network. As an Insuralex member firm, clients and Insuralex’s insurance law firm network have access to Meridian’s insurance services and coverage throughout Australia.


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