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NEWS: Media Release | Meridian Lawyers announces strategic alliance with leading Singapore firm, Donaldson & Burkinshaw LLP

August 31, 2023

Meridian Lawyers, together with Donaldson & Burkinshaw LLP is pleased to announce their strategic alliance. The two firms have formed an alliance to bolster the insurance and commercial legal services available to their clients.

Meridian Lawyers was established in 2004 and provides legal services in health law, insurance law, corporate and commercial law, employment law, commercial litigation and dispute resolution. Best known for their expertise in insurance law and with one of the most expansive health law practices in Australia, Meridian provides legal services to overseas and locally based insurers, underwriters, and TPAs, in addition to leading medical defence organisations (MDOs) and allied health insurers, government, institutional and representative health organisations, national and state-based peak health organisations, clubs, and professional associations, hundreds of health care businesses and individual health care practitioners, peak industry bodies, public and private companies, executives, corporate counsel, and public and private companies.

Donaldson & Burkinshaw LLP is one of Singapore’s oldest law partnerships. Established in 1874, and marking its 150th year in 2024, this heritage law firm is best known for providing high-quality legal services to healthcare, commercial, corporate, financial, insurance, industrial, and public sector clients across the Asia Pacific. Its intellectual property practice is consistently ranked among Asia’s top practices, with a patents team that excels across a range of technical expertise, representing some of the top brands in the world. The firm has an established reputation for integrity, industry, and astuteness in advancing and protecting its clients’ best interests, by looking beyond narrow legal issues towards realising clients’ overarching business goals.

The collaboration will combine the expertise and resources of both organisations to enhance cross-border co-operation and support the mutual interests of clients in both countries.

Meridian’s Managing Director, Paul Baker, said, “We are thrilled to be affiliated with a firm of D & B’s heritage and profile in the Asia Pacific region. Their strength in the areas of Insurance, Health Law, Intellectual Property, Disputes, Corporate & Commercial, and Real Estate legal services, exemplary client service, and affiliations with leading global, regional, and local professional organisations, will enable us to provide further specialist sector support to our clients with an expanded competitive Asia Pacific offering.”

Eric Tin, Donaldson & Burkinshaw LLP’s Senior Partner commented, “My Partners and I are deeply honoured and privileged to be able to build strong ties with Meridian Lawyers – a leading and rapidly growing firm with an impressive track record. This strategic alliance will benefit our Asia Pacific clients who need high-quality legal services for their investments and business in Australia. We also look forward to the sharing of knowledge and best practices that come with this alliance.”

Both firms anticipate the alliance will enable them to collaborate on select matters and pursue strategic opportunities together. The alliance will commence from 1 September 2023 enabling clients from both firms to benefit from the combined insurance, health law, and commercial resources and expertise offered by both firms.

Meridian Lawyers and Donaldson & Burkinshaw LLP will continue to operate independently.


Media enquiries

Jacqueline Lyson
Head of BD, Marketing & Communications
e: jlyson@meridianlawyers.com.au
t: +61 2 9018 9949

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