Mark Birbeck


Mark is an insurance specialist with over 25 years’ experience gained in the UK and Australia. He joined Meridian Lawyers in January 2018, opening up the firm’s Perth office. He practises almost exclusively in insurance matters, in particular, in the areas of professional indemnity, public and products liability, medical negligence and property.

His private practice experience has been augmented by senior in-house roles with both an insurer and reinsurer. This has given Mark a unique industry perspective of the needs of insurers and their clients and specifically what they require from their legal advisers. He is well known for his pragmatic commercial advice and reasoned approach.

Mark acts for local, national and overseas underwriters, particularly in the London market. He is regularly briefed to provide both coverage and claims management advice in complex multi-party litigation, often involving contractual indemnity disputes and dual insurance issues. In recent years Mark has had particular exposure to the mining, engineering and construction sectors. In addition he has acted in a number of catastrophic sporting related matters.

Prior to joining Meridian Lawyers, Mark was a partner of HBA legal which he co-founded in 2012.

Mark has been recognised in the peer-review guide Best Lawyers in Australia since 2021, for his expertise in Insurance Law.

Sep 4, 2019

INSIGHT: Family Day Care – Compliance and Policies and Procedures

Approved providers of family day care services will be aware that their State Regulatory Authority is responsible for regulating early childhood education and care services and for enforcing compliance with the Education and Care Services National Law (National Law) and the Education and Care Services National Regulations (National Regulations) applicable in each State. It is […]

Jan 29, 2018

INSIGHT: Meridian Lawyers expands its insurance team and footprint from East to West

Media release: Meridian Lawyers is pleased to announce that Mark Birbeck, insurance specialist, has joined the firm as a Principal, to head their new Perth office and spearhead its expansion into Western Australia.  Mark joins from HBA lawyers of which he was a founding Partner based in their Perth office. This announcement follows on from […]