We support pharmacists who are working at the forefront of industry and regulatory change, helping you to shape the future of professional practice and industry structure.

Meridian Lawyers is recognised as a leading pharmacy law practice in Australia. We are a principal legal adviser to the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, a number of its state branches and a number of the pharmacy educator institutes and we act for many pharmacists throughout the country.

Supporting pharmacists

The dynamic nature of the pharmacy sector continues to bring about significant change, especially in pharmacy ownership and practice. Yours is a tightly regulated profession operating in a highly commercial and competitive environment.

Our pharmacy team understands this environment. With our personal approach and intimate knowledge of the pharmacy profession we can assist you in dealing with the legal and ethical issues you face in your day-to-day work.

Legal advice and services

If you are buying or selling a pharmacy, restructuring your ownership interests, obtaining or refinancing debt, entering or exiting a partnership, managing staff or planning for retirement, you need clear advice from lawyers who understand your profession.

Our dedicated pharmacy team can advise you on:

  • professional negligence claims;
  • public liability claims;
  • disciplinary matters;
  • discrimination complaints;
  • privacy complaints;
  • coronial inquests;
  • private health fund and Medicare investigations;
  • acquisition and sale of pharmacy businesses;
  • retail leases, lease disputes and retail leases legislation;
  • PBS approval for new and relocating pharmacies;
  • business restructures;
  • debt refinancing;
  • entering, exiting or establishing partnerships, including business succession planning;
  • resolving partnership, shareholder or unitholder disputes;
  • pharmacy group structures including advising on and preparing banner group, franchise and other member documentation;
  • workplace disputes and issues; and
  • all relevant regulatory issues under the various state pharmacy practice legislation, the National Health Act 1953, the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records (Consequential Amendments) Act 2012 and the Fair Work Amendment Act 2012.

Health Insights

  • Pharmacy Insights – APP 2018 edition

    In this edition of Pharmacy insights we invite you to visit us on Trade Stand 282 at APP2018 and provide important updates for pharmacists on the regulatory requirements for expansion or contraction of a pharmacy, new mandatory notifications for certain data breaches, tips for franchisees, Unfair Dismissal claims under fixed…

  • Expanding or contracting your pharmacy? Don’t forget Pharmacy Location Rule 121

    Expansion of a pharmacy may take place where the floor size of a pharmacy is increased, for example by expanding the pharmacy into adjacent premises.   An example of contraction of a pharmacy would be where the floor size of a pharmacy decreases, perhaps because part of the pharmacy is surrendered…

  • Recent trends in buying and selling pharmacies

    Meridian Lawyers acts for pharmacists in the sale and purchase of their pharmacy businesses.  Issues which arise in these transactions commonly include: the negotiation of the contract for sale of the business in order that the written contract reflects the wishes of the parties the obtaining of necessary approvals and…

  • Pharmacy Franchise Law – tips for franchisees

    Many pharmacy business owners are interested in becoming franchisees in order for them to trade with the benefit of national brand recognition, marketing power and tried and tested operating systems. However, it is crucial that pharmacists understand the content, substance and implications of the franchise documentation before they sign or…

  • Misuse, interference or loss of personal information by pharmacists – new mandatory notifications for data breaches

    On 22 February 2018, mandatory data breach notification requirements were incorporated into the Privacy Act 1988 (Act) and now apply to all entities regulated by the Act. Typically, health service providers such as pharmacists will be bound by the Act irrespective of the size of their business, because they provide…

  • Pharmacy insights – Spring 2017

    In this edition of Pharmacy insights we focus on recent legal developments which may impact on pharmacy businesses and highlight recent legislative changes to the Retail Leases Act in NSW, which import new protections for retail pharmacy tenants. Also, we discuss some recent cases in the franchise sector concerning disclosures…

  • A reminder for pharmacists: exercise caution when dispensing Schedule 3 Poisons

    The case scenario: A complaint was made to the Pharmacy Board of Australia (‘Board’) that a pharmacist provided an excessive quantity of Restavit, a Schedule 3 poison, and for a duration for which there was no established therapeutic need. The pharmacist explained to the Board that he had supplied the drug…

  • Beware of altered, forged or fraudulent prescriptions: a reminder for pharmacists

    The case scenario: A patient made a complaint to the Pharmacy Board of Australia (‘Board’) that a pharmacist refused to dispense a prescription for Mogadon. The pharmacist explained to the Board that the reason he refused to dispense the prescription was because the previous year the patient had presented to…

  • Pharmacy insights – February 2017

    In this edition of Pharmacy insights we provide hints and tips on succession planning for your partnership, some trends we noticed in the sale and purchase of pharmacies in 2016, an article on real time prescription monitoring and what it means for health practitioners, stamp duty on the purchase of…

  • Pharmacy insights – Autumn 2016

    Pharmacy insights is a legal newsletter for pharmacists and pharmacy related businesses. This edition provides a detailed overview of the legal process involved in selling a pharmacy business, with tips on how to make the process as pain-free as possible. Contents Aim for a pain-free goodbye Online pharmacy retailer pays…

  • Pharmacy sale and purchase trends during 2016: assignment of leases

    During 2016 Meridian Lawyers acted for many pharmacists in the successful sale or purchase of their pharmacies. Where a pharmacy occupies premises under a lease, the lessor may not always be pleased to learn that their tried and trusted tenant wishes to sell the business to a new owner. The…

  • Real-time prescription monitoring: what does it mean for health practitioners?

    Since at least 2012 there has been an increasing push in Australia for the implementation of a national real-time prescription monitoring system that alerts doctors and pharmacists to people who are misusing prescription drugs. More than 20 Coronial Inquests in New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia alone have recommended…

  • Is Big Brother watching?

    A common concern for many employers is the extent to which they can monitor employees in the workplace. Specific legislation regulating workplace surveillance exists in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory and in other states workplace surveillance is regulated by legislation dealing with specific electronic surveillance devices or…

  • Succession planning for your partnership

    At Meridian Lawyers we are frequently asked to advise on succession planning for pharmacists, especially those in partnership (whether in the traditional sense or shareholders via a corporate pharmacy structure). Many partnerships continue over lengthy periods with little emphasis on exit arrangements in their formal partnership or shareholders agreement. In…

  • Schedule 8 medications: A disturbing trend in storage and record keeping

    The Victoria Pharmacy Authority (VPA) has revealed that ...a disturbing number of pharmacists continue to ignore requirements for secure storage and maintenance of accurate records for Schedule 8 poisons. At its August meeting the Authority reaffirmed its prior decision to convene Panel Hearings following cases of alleged serious breaches of…

  • The changing state of play: The natural evolution of the professional regulation of pharmacy

    The revised suite of Guidelines issued by the Pharmacy Board of Australia (National Board) came into force on 7 December 2015. It is important that employee and locum pharmacists are aware of the revised Guidelines for Proprietor Pharmacists. The reason for this is twofold: first, it is important to have a…

  • AHPRA audits: tips for registered health professionals

    As a registered health professional applying for or renewing your registration, in accordance with your Board’s registration standards, you are required to declare that you have (or have not): met the recency of practice requirements; completed the required amount of continuing professional development (CPD); held appropriate professional indemnity insurance; and…

  • Health professionals: Are you complying with your obligations?

    The Department of Human Services has released its Compliance Program for the next two financial years (2013–2015), setting out its proposed strategies for assisting recipients, health professionals and businesses to comply with their obligations when receiving services or payments. This information is important for many health professionals, who deal with…

  • e-health: A new frontier for health practitioners

    From 1 July 2012, all Australians can register for their own personally controlled electronic health (eHealth) record. Initially, an eHealth record contains basic information but as the system develops, healthcare providers (including allied health providers) will be able to add more information such as treatments, medications and allergies. Although this…

  • How healthy is your relationship with your business partners?

    The relationship between most business partners does not last forever and it is rare to expect it to. Each year we deal with many disputes between business partners, whether they are co-owners of a business set up under a corporate structure or a traditional partnership. Just because partners decide to…

What our clients say

  • “Thank you to all the Meridian team for your support... I’ve never experienced such superior service from any partner/supplier in my professional career.”

    Marissa Limberis, Marketing Manager, Blooms

  • “The level of reserving strength is unusual in the industry. I have only ever seen it once before in the professional risks section of a large insurer.”

    Clive Amery, founding director,
    AM Actuaries

  • “Meridian has a fantastic team of professionals. You did the impossible with a calm and thorough approach throughout. Thank you.”

    Cameron McCullagh, former Chief Operating Officer, Steadfast

  • “Meridian Lawyers always provides an outstanding level of service and quality of advice to both the Australian Veterinary Association and our members.”

    Graham Catt, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Veterinary Association

  • “You have been nothing but brilliant, supportive and positive in your professionalism… I have no words to describe how fantastic you have been. Thank you is not sufficient.”

    Claudine Sachwald, Physiotherapist

  • “Meridian are more than just lawyers to us – they are there when our customers need them the most, providing advice and reassurance. They are a vital piece of the puzzle in the analysis of our claims trends, they are well respected in our markets as experts in the field and most importantly they deliver results. It is a unique partnership that I have not seen replicated in the industry.”

    Allison Prince, Head of Claims, Guild Insurance

  • “Guild Insurance has a unique working relationship with Meridian Lawyers. We have always found their service to be cost conscious and they focus upon commercial resolutions taking into account overall cost considerations. They provide a wonderful service to our team.”

    Chris Harcourt, National Liability Claims, Guild Insurance

  • “The Meridian experience combines a depth of experience across a wide group of industries and Associations with integrity, robust advice, support and a tenacious defence of their clients’ legal entitlements.”

    Bill O’Reilly, client

  • “Thinking about the person from Meridian Lawyers who managed your claim, on a scale of 0-10 how satisfied were you: 10 out of 10 for Helpfulness, Knowledge, Courtesy, Professionalism, Clear Communication, Frequency of Communication.”

    Source: GIL customer survey January 2014

  • “Whilst I would never have chosen to be in the position I have found myself to be in, I consider myself fortunate to have come to know and deal with Kellie Dell’Oro. Her absolute professionalism, integrity, palpable expertise and compassion are sincerely appreciated. She has been able to alleviate much of the stress associated with an inherently stressful process and for that I am truly grateful.”

    Physiotherapist, Victoria

  • “I would not hesitate to recommend Meridian Lawyers. Their service has been both professional and personalised – I could not have hoped for better legal support than I have received. Should I need legal advice again, Meridian Lawyers would most definitely be my first choice.”

    Physiotherapist, Victoria


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