Meridian Lawyers expands national insurance team

Appointments bring firm's hiring tally to over 110 for the calendar year

Meridian Lawyers expands national insurance team

Insurance News

By Roxanne Libatique

National law firm Meridian Lawyers has expanded its national insurance team with the addition of two principals, Jacinta Long and Marcus O'Brien.

Bringing over 25 years of expertise to Meridian's Brisbane office, Long is recognised as a defence and coverage expert in product liability/recall and general liability. Her practice extends across the Australian, Japanese, and London markets, where she represents underwriters and large corporates, frequently handling complex, novel, and sensitive matters.

Long, formerly with Clyde and Co, is joined by her team, including special counsel Sarah Yau and associate Jackson Hayes.

Also joining Meridian from Clyde and Co, O'Brien contributes extensive experience across various lines of insurance. His practice places a strong emphasis on defending professional indemnity and D&O claims.

O'Brien has a proven track record of successfully resolving significant professional indemnity and financial lines litigation, including involvement in several class actions. He will be based in Meridian's Melbourne office.

Expansion of Meridian Lawyers principal team

Long and O'Brien are set to officially join Meridian on Dec. 11. Their addition enhances the principal group, raising the total count to 34 and bringing the firm's hiring tally to over 110 for the calendar year.

Meridian Lawyers managing director Paul Baker welcomed the duo to the national insurance team.

“Jacinta and Marcus are excellent additions to our principal group and our national insurance practice. They are both held in high regard in the market and their liability and financial lines expertise adds further depth to the insurance services we offer our clients. Jacinta and Marcus are part of the continued expansion of our national insurance capability, and I am delighted to welcome them to the business,” he said.

Long and O'Brien will join the firm following the appointment of cyber law and IT liability expert Matthew Pokarier as a principal for its national insurance team last month.

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