Paul Baker, Managing Principal - Principal


Contact details

+61 2 9018 9911


  • Insurance and risk
  • Health Law
  • Professional indemnity claims
  • Public and product liability claims
  • Defamation
  • Coronial Law
  • Privacy/Discrimination
  • Commercial Law
  • Statutory and regulatory advice

Paul is the Managing Principal and founder of Meridian Lawyers. With more than 30 years’ experience as an insurance and commercial lawyer, Paul is renowned for his legal acumen, strategic insights and legal industry knowledge. Since founding Meridian in 2004, Paul has led the growth of the firm from 14 employees to its five offices and more than 140 employees today.  As a Director of EML and HEM, Paul is sought after as a leader in the commercial sector.

Paul has acted as the principal legal adviser to Guild Insurance Limited since the 1980s. More broadly, his experience ranges from involvement in high profile cases, to assisting in the resolution of niche legal matters. Having acted for a wide ranging insurance client base, including local and overseas insurers and underwriters, Paul has a tremendous breadth of insurance experience. Paul has dealt with professional indemnity claims, defamation, directors and officers, general liability policy issues, drafting policy wordings, and policy interpretation. His extensive in-house insurance background gives him the edge in providing clients with deep industry knowledge and informed legal advice.  Paul is known as an excellent negotiator, a highly skilled communicator, and a leader in the legal space.

Paul’s tremendous breadth of experience across the insurance and commercial space is consistently recognised by the industry and his peers, notably, Paul is repeatedly acknowledged by the peer-review guide, Best Lawyers in Australia and in Doyle’s Guide. In 2016 and 2017, Paul was also a finalist for Managing Partner of the Year at the annual Lawyers’ Weekly Australian Law Awards.


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  • Sydney

    Level 16, MLC Centre
    19 Martin Place
    Sydney, NSW 2000
    +61 2 9018 9999
    +61 2 9018 9900
  • Melbourne

    Level 12, 357 Collins Street
    Melbourne VIC 3000
    +61 3 9810 6777
    +61 3 9810 6770
  • Newcastle

    Level 6, 45 Watt Street
    Newcastle NSW 2300
    +61 2 4047 2600
    +61 2 4047 2699
  • Brisbane

    Level 8, 60 Edward Street
    Brisbane QLD 4000
    +61 7 3220 9333
    +61 7 3220 9399
  • Perth

    Level 3, 225 St Georges Terrace
    Perth WA 6000
    +61 8 6319 0470
    +61 8 6319 0499