Media Release | Meridian Lawyers continues to expand its national insurance practice

April 28, 2023

National law firm Meridian Lawyers announces a further expansion to its national insurance practice with the addition of Principals Matthew McDonald, Paul Garnon, Consultant Peter Ford, and Associates Simon de Chasteigner du Mee, Talia Mason, and Allana Robertson. An additional two graduates and five paralegals also join the team.

Principal Matthew McDonald, joins with more than 20 years’ experience in insurance law. Practising in public and products liability and professional negligence, Matthew brings with him a stellar track record in handling high-frequency, complex, and sensitive claims across multiple jurisdictions.

Principal Paul Garnon, is an insurance litigation specialist with more than 25 years’ experience across professional indemnity, fidelity, management liability, and property claims. Paul works closely with insurer and government clients to develop and implement effective claim resolution strategies, in addition to managing a high volume insurance recoveries and settlements practice.

Consultant Peter Ford, a highly experienced public and products liability lawyer, brings to Meridian the benefit of his wisdom and many years of practical experience managing large, high risk and sensitive personal injury claims.

Meridian’s Managing Director Paul Baker, comments on the recent additions to the national insurance team:

“I am excited to be welcoming the high calibre expertise of Matthew McDonald, Paul Garnon, and Peter Ford, to our national insurance group. Matthew, Paul, and Peter bring with them a wealth of experience, a strong track record of success, and a passion for developing young talent. I look forward to having them on board and welcome members of their team to Meridian. Their substantial experience and approach to client service is an excellent fit with the capabilities and culture of our firm.”

The additional team members bring the total number of new recruits to Meridian’s national insurance team to 30.

The additional team members join their fellow senior colleagues from McCabes and formerly Curwoods, including Principal Vid Dragomirovic, Special Counsels Laura D’Alessandri, Isabel Cusumano and Phillip Thomas, and Senior Associates Nicholas Robertson, Mia Ioannou, Sarah Zevari and Homira Haideri, who commenced with Meridian earlier in April 2023.


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