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4 Aussie lawyers to hold leadership roles with Meritas

Australia is “punching above its weight” in the leadership ranks of independent global law group Meritas, with an Australian being named to the group’s board, two sitting on an advisory board, and one retaining the role of chair on Meritas’ wellbeing initiative.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 29 June 2023 NewLaw
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Bennett & Philp director Andrew Lambros has been named as the first representative for a decade to come from the Australasian region on the 21-member board of Meritas.

Swaab partner James Skelton and DMAW Lawyers senior associate Nicole Mead will sit on Meritas’ emerging leaders advisory board as secretary and board member, respectively.

And Swaab managing partner Mary Digiglio is set to continue in her global roles of chair of Meritas’ “Wellbeing in the Law” initiative and member of its Leadership Council for the Women’s Leadership Congress.


Meritas is made up of 183 member firms across 95 countries and 254 markets and comprises nearly 9,000 lawyers.

Meritas members in Australia include Swaab, Madgwicks, Bennett & Philp, DMAW Lawyers, and Williams + Hughes.

Speaking about his election, Mr Lambros said he is “honoured” to be representing Australia on the board of the global group.

“Australia and New Zealand are globally cutting edge in many areas of law firm management and business development. I would expect more Australians will join the leadership team in the future,” he said.

Mr Skelton reflected that his participation in Meritas’ emerging leaders advisory board has helped him develop his leadership capabilities.

“The connections made and skills learnt over the last few years have been important to my career progression at Swaab and in the law generally,” he noted.

“As a former councillor of the Law Society of NSW, I have been active in legal leadership before, but this takes it onto the international stage.”

And Ms Mead added that she intends to make a significant contribution to the global group moving forward.

“It’s pleasing that an Adelaide-based lawyer such as myself can make a difference to the management and success of law firms across the world and show that Aussie firms can mix it with the best in the US, Europe, and Asia,” she noted.

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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