National law firm Meridian Lawyers has secured the appointment of cyber law and IT liability expert, Principal Matthew Pokarier, to its national insurance team. His arrival brings the number of hires to the firm to more than 110 this calendar year.

Matthew has a career spanning more than 25 years, providing legal services to the insurance industry in the areas of professional indemnity, directors and officers insurance. He has developed a strong practice in cyber law and IT liability and advises clients on cyber security, handling responses to cyber breaches, developing privacy and data management policies and advising on cyber insurance cover.

Paul Baker, Meridian’s Managing Partner, comments:
“I am delighted that Matthew has joined our business. As one of Australia’s most highly respected lawyers in cyber law and professional indemnity insurance claims, we are thrilled that he has transitioned his practice to Meridian. Matthew’s experience perfectly complements our existing insurance offering and the depth of his knowledge and experience in cyber law will further expand to the offer we provide our clients. We warmly welcome him to the team.”

Matthew Pokarier said:
“It’s an exciting time to be joining Meridian, a firm known for its reputation in delivering excellence to the insurance industry, and one which is experiencing dynamic growth. I am looking forward to being a part of the Principal Group and the broader insurance team and leveraging their strengths and sector expertise to advise clients across a broad spectrum of insurance services and to bolster the cyber law offering.”

Paul Baker reflects on the business highlights over the past six months as Meridian forges ahead with its strategic growth plans:
“Our continued growth and expanded footprint have attracted market-leading lawyers, like Matthew, in their chosen areas of practice to our business. We are continuing to build our capacity at the senior level as well as attracting high calibre support staff. We have also been able to promote from within and maintain our focus on our enviable culture. The market is taking note and we are excited to continue on our growth journey and expand the expertise and services we provide to our clients.”

Matthew will be based in Meridian’s Brisbane office.

About Meridian Lawyers

Meridian Lawyers provides focused legal advice in insurance, corporate and commercial, workplace relations and safety, commercial litigation and dispute resolution and health.

Named Insurance Specialist Firm of the Year in 2020, Meridian has grown significantly since its inception in 2004 and numbers more than 200 staff with 32 Principals in offices located in Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth and Sydney.

Meridian was recently selected as the only Australian law firm to join the exclusive Insuralex Global Insurance Lawyers Group, the world’s leading insurance and reinsurance law firm network. As an Insuralex member firm, clients and Insuralex’s insurance law firm network have access to Meridian’s insurance services and coverage throughout Australia.