In 1999, Snedden Hall & Gallop became the chosen Canberra member of Meritas, a global alliance of law firms that delivers localised legal services of the highest quality. Snedden Hall & Gallop’s Meritas membership provides a gateway to 7579 lawyers and 181 full-service law firms serving 241 markets*. Meritas facilitates Snedden Hall & Gallop to advise local, national, and international organisations and associations on their activities throughout Australia and the world.

History of Meritas

In 1990, an American lawyer became frustrated with the lack of quality control in hiring business law firms outside his jurisdiction. He set about developing his own system for selecting and evaluating firm performance. He then began inviting like-minded firms nationally, internationally and then worldwide to join a non-profit organisation for their mutual benefit. Today, that organisation is Meritas and includes member firms located in more than 80 countries. Meritas membership is by invitation only.

Quality assurance

Meritas is the only alliance of law firms with an established means of monitoring and enhancing the quality of its member firms. Meritas firms are held to the highest quality and versatility in legal service. Regular recertification by all firms is a requirement of membership. As part of this quality-assurance process, in 2019 Meritas implemented cybersecurity standards for all current and future member firms. These measures ensure that alliance firms continually provide superior legal service.


As part of the alliance, Meritas firms provide exceptional legal services linked to a cost-effectiveness that larger law firms simply cannot match. Our members invest in improving services and resources rather than opening costly overseas offices.

A business approach to business law

Meritas firms are chosen not only for their high level of legal expertise but also because of their business acumen. Before a firm is invited to join, Meritas verifies that they offer the full complement of litigation and corporate services necessary to handle business matters in any industry.

Our colleagues in the Meritas Australia/New Zealand region

We are proud to share this respected title with colleagues across the region:


Meritas firms regularly liaise with each other to produce relevant and up-to-date publications that draw on their combined expertise. You may be interested in these latest guides:

We also have an alliance with the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC). You can access ACC resources here.

Meritas Australia and New Zealand Wellness Survey

Snedden Hall & Gallop staff participated in the Meritas Australia and New Zealand Wellness Survey, which involved 200 employees at Meritas member firms, from partners through to non-legal professionals. Respondents were asked questions about their work life, experiences with depression and anxiety, barriers to help-seeking behaviour, and attitudes towards and experiences with their employer’s mental health assistance program. You can read the results of the Wellness Survey here.


For further information on Meritas, please visit the Meritas website or contact one of the Snedden Hall & Gallop Meritas team: Dennis Martin or Emily Shoemark.

*Details current at 20 April 2018

Through Meritas, Snedden Hall & Gallop is your gateway to lawyers in other parts of Australia and around the world.

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