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Meridian takes 2 principals from McCabes

National law firm Meridian has continued to take from BigLaw rival McCabes, adding another two principals, who will serve as group leaders of Meridian’s new CTP team and general insurance team, respectively.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 06 July 2023 Big Law
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Meridian Lawyers has welcomed Andrew Gorman and Scott Kennedy as principals, both of whom have come over from McCabes.

Mr Gorman will serve as the firm’s new compulsory third-party (CTP) practice group leader, while Mr Kennedy will be a co-practice group leader of its general insurance team.


The pair joined the firm earlier this week, on Monday, 3 July.

The news follows the firm’s promotion of 12 lawyers to more senior roles earlier this week and its raiding of McCabes’ insurance ranks, reported by Lawyers Weekly here, here and here.

Speaking about the new partners, Meridian managing director Paul Baker (pictured) said: “I am delighted to welcome Andrew and Scott to Meridian and to the national insurance group. Both are recognised leaders in the legal market with an exceptionally loyal client following.

“Their experience and standing in the insurance industry, exemplary track record, and technical skills complement the expertise of our high-calibre team and reinforce our position as a firm providing pre-eminent strategic legal advice and representation.”

“The addition of Andrew and Scott strengthens our insurance industry capabilities, and their presence in our national insurance team has been extremely well received by our clients.”

The news also follows recent promotions rounds in the profession, including: Clayton Utz elevating 64 on Tuesday, 4 July; Dentons promoting 14, including four to partner, on Monday, 3 July; Carroll & O’Dea elevating 17, also on the 3rd; MinterEllison promoting 91 on Friday, 30 June; three Australians making partner at Baker McKenzie on Friday; Colin Biggers & Paisley promoting 13 on Friday; Clyde & Co naming 13 new senior associates, as reported on Monday, 3 July; Meridian elevating 12 lawyers, also reported on Monday; Allens promoting 70 on Thursday, 29 June; the elevation of eight, including four to partner, at PCL Lawyers, also on Thursday, the 29th; IPH promoting 25, including seven to principal, also on Thursday, the 29th; Russell Kennedy’s promotion of 18 on Wednesday, 28 June; Slater & Gordon promoting 46; Holman Webb elevating eight and nabbing three new partners from BigLaw rivals, also on Wednesday, the 28th; Herbert Smith Freehills’ elevation of 46 to senior associate on Tuesday, 27 June; the promotion of 12, including three to partner, at Arnold Bloch Leibler, on Tuesday, the 27th; Holding Redlich’s promotion of 41 lawyers to more senior roles, also on 27 June; Hamilton Locke’s elevation of 14 across its firm and one in its allied business, on Tuesday; HopgoodGanim’s promotion of 25, including four to partner on Monday, 26 June; Hicksons’ promotion of 10, also on Monday; McCabes’ elevation of 13 to more senior roles, also on Monday; King & Wood Mallesons’ promotion of 77 lawyers, including 44 to senior associate, on Friday, 23 June; Wotton + Kearney elevated 34, including four to partner, also on Friday; Barry Nilsson promoting 21 on Thursday, 22 June; Hall & Wilcox promoting 48, including five to partner, on Wednesday, 21 June; McCullough Robertson elevated 17 lawyers, including two to partner, on Tuesday, 20 June; 55 being promoted as part of Mills Oakley’s EOFY promotions round on Monday, 19 June; the promotion of 23 at Thomson Geer on the same day; the elevation of 26 to more senior roles at Piper Alderman, also on the 19th; six new partners in Australia at King & Wood Mallesons announced on 16 June; the promotion of seven to partner at Gadens on 15 June; the elevation of 18 at the start of June at Johnson Winter Slattery, followed by its promotion of five to partner in late June; 35 senior promotions at Lander & Rogers in early June; four senior hires for MinterEllison’s consulting arm earlier this month; seven to partner at Moray & Agnew in late May; three new partners at Corrs Chambers Westgarth, also in late May; seven named as special counsel at Clyde & Co in early May; two new partners at DLA Piper as announced in late April; three new partners at Allen & Overy from April; seven to counsel roles at Herbert Smith Freehills in the same week and 10 to partner in Australia a week earlier; and the elevation of 13 to the partnership at Ashurst in mid-April.