Meridian Lawyers bolsters insurance practice with appointment spree

Senior hires have strong track record of success and passion for developing young talent, director says

Meridian Lawyers bolsters insurance practice with appointment spree

Insurance News

By Roxanne Libatique

Meridian Lawyers (Meridian) has continued to boost its Australian national insurance practice by making an appointment spree.

The law firm welcomed two new principals, a consultant, and three associates to the insurance team. An additional two graduates and five paralegals have also joined.


Matthew McDonald has over 20 years of experience in insurance law with a track record in handling high frequency, complex, and sensitive claims across multiple jurisdictions. He practices in public and products liability and professional negligence.

Paul Garnon is an insurance litigation specialist with over 25 years of experience across professional indemnity (PI), fidelity, management liability, and property claims. He works closely with insurers and governments to develop and implement effective claim resolution strategies and manages a high volume of insurance recoveries and settlements practice.


Peter Ford is a seasoned public and products liability lawyer with extensive experience in managing large, high risk, and sensitive personal injury claims.


Joining McDonald, Garnon, and Ford in Meridian's insurance practice are associates Simon de Chasteigner du Mee, Talia Mason, and Allana Robertson.

The new hires made the total number of new recruits to Meridian's insurance practice to 30. They will join fellow senior colleagues from McCabes and formerly Curwoods:

  • 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.

Meridian managing director Paul Baker said: “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.”

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