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Meridian adds insurance principal, senior associate

National law firm Meridian Lawyers has moved to bolster its insurance ranks, with the appointment of a new principal, as well as a senior associate, for its Melbourne office.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 17 July 2023 Big Law
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Drina Govic and Gabrielle Fergus have joined Meridian Lawyers, strengthening the firm’s insurance practice.

Ms Govic, who joins as a principal, brings nearly two decades of experience managing a range of insurance claims and disputes, including subrogated property damage recoveries, first-party coverage disputes and fraud/investigations, the firm said in a statement, noting that she is a “skilled and client-focused negotiator, whose technical skills, client base and work type complement and deepen Meridian’s current insurance offering and national insurance expertise”.

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Ms Fergus’ experience includes managing domestic and commercial recoveries and liability claims, coverage disputes and fraud/investigations. She joins as a senior associate.

The pair have come across from Ligeti Partners and will be based in the Meridian Melbourne office.

The news follows the firm’s taking of two principals from McCabes earlier in July, its promotion of 12 lawyers to more senior roles in early July, and its raiding of McCabes’ insurance ranks, reported by Lawyers Weekly here, here and here.

Speaking about the arrival of Ms Govic, Meridian managing director Paul Baker (pictured) said that the firm is “so pleased” she is joining.

“She is a high-calibre insurance lawyer with an outstanding track record and loyal client following. There are many synergies with Drina’s practice and Meridian’s existing client base,” he said.

“We share many clients in common, and with Drina’s added expertise and involvement in our insurance practice, we will broaden the scope of our legal service offering.”

Jerome Doraisamy

Jerome Doraisamy

Jerome Doraisamy is the editor of Lawyers Weekly. A former lawyer, he has worked at Momentum Media as a journalist on Lawyers Weekly since February 2018, and has served as editor since March 2022. He is also the host of all five shows under The Lawyers Weekly Podcast Network, and has overseen the brand's audio medium growth from 4,000 downloads per month to over 60,000 downloads per month, making The Lawyers Weekly Show the most popular industry-specific podcast in Australia. Jerome is also the author of The Wellness Doctrines book series, an admitted solicitor in NSW, and a board director of Minds Count.

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