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Meridian launches in Canberra with team from HWL Ebsworth

National law firm Meridian Lawyers has nabbed a team from fellow BigLaw firm HWL Ebsworth and, with it, expanded into the ACT.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 09 November 2023 Big Law
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Meridian Lawyers has continued its year of substantial growth, this time broadening its national reach to Australia’s capital.

The firm has appointed a team of three – principal Angel Li, senior associate Jesse Iliopoulos, and associate Christine Neou – from HWL Ebsworth, with whom it is opening its new Canberra office – the firm’s sixth office nationwide.

Ms Li will head up the new ACT team, bringing to Meridian over a decade of insurance litigation experience, specialising in CTP, public liability, catastrophic injuries, workers’ compensation, medical negligence, and motor and recovery claims.

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The team is joining Meridian next Monday (13 November 2023).

The opening of the new office aligns, the firm said in a statement, with its strategic growth plans and follows a year of significant growth for Meridian Lawyers.

Earlier this year, it poached a handful of teams from fellow BigLaw practice McCabes, amounting to over 30 practitioners in mid-April, late April, mid-May, and early July. The firm also promoted 12 lawyers to more senior roles in July, and in late August, it entered into a strategic alliance with leading Singaporean firm Donaldson & Burkinshaw LLP.

Speaking about the new team, Meridian managing director Paul Baker (pictured) said: “I am thrilled to welcome Angel, Jesse, and Christine to Meridian.

“Paying close attention to requests from our clients, and as a direct result of our growth over the past six months, we are excited to have a local presence in Canberra.

“Angel and her team have a stellar reputation in the ACT market and bring skills that complement the expertise of our national insurance team as well as our commercial capabilities.”

“News of the office opening and the addition of the new team members has been well received by clients,” Mr Baker concluded.

Ms Li added: “We have long respected the deep insurance, allied health, and commercial expertise at Meridian, and look forward to being a part of the vibrant collaborative culture.”

Meridian currently has more than 30 principals and over 200 staff across its offices located in Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth, and Sydney.

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