I believe that clients value my input as an experienced and skilled legal technician who, as a result of working in-house, also has a good understanding of front-line issues that health professionals face on a daily basis.

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Meredith Jacobs

Special Counsel

Meredith Jacobs is a Special Counsel in our Insurance & Health team and is based in the Brisbane office.

‘I was working in a large top-tier firm in Brisbane when I was seconded from general insurance to a position in the medical negligence team. Immediately, I knew this was the area I wanted to practise in going forward..’

At Barry.Nilsson., Meredith specialises in:

  • Medical negligence
  • Coronial law
  • Medico-legal advice (including consent, capacity, confidentiality and end-of-life issues).

Meredith's clients include:

  • Public and private hospitals
  • Medical professionals and their insurers
  • Other health providers and their insurers.

‘I have experience of working both in private practice and in-house. Most recently, I spent 13 years working as the Head of Legal Services at a large, acute teaching hospital in London. It was fascinating work, which involved interacting closely with all levels of medical staff in a wide variety of medico-legal contexts.’

As a result of her extensive experience, Meredith is particularly well-equipped to work with clinical staff in defending claims, preparing for inquests, and providing advice on legal matters that arise within a health setting. Meredith has sat on a clinical ethics committee and has a particular interest in medico legal ethics.

‘I believe that clients value my input as an experienced and skilled legal technician who, as a result of working in-house, also has a good understanding of front-line issues that health professionals face on a daily basis. My legal advice is always informed by my experience at the coal face and my deep understanding of the realities of working in the health sector.’

Meredith has been recognised in the 2020 and 2021 editions of Best Lawyers for Insurance Law.

Meredith has a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland and a Master of Arts (Medical Law and Ethics) from the University of Manchester in the UK.