Julia Smith

Special Counsel

+61 3 9810 6700


Julia is an experienced corporate, commercial and tax lawyer with 20 years’ experience acting for SME’s, family groups and start-ups across a range of industries including pharmacy, medical, property, digital/on-line and franchising.

Julia provides practical and strategic advice through all phases of business from start-up, growth and expansion through to exit.

In the health sector, Julia provides structuring advice to pharmacists, medical clinics and allied health service providers. Julia acts for businesses that are expanding through franchising and/or licensing and has significant specific experience working with pharmacy franchise groups.

Julia also has expertise in tax and duty. She regularly assists with tax compliance including responding to ATO investigations and audits and providing strategic advice on tax issues arising on transactions including acquisition, sale and restructure of a business.

In the property sector, Julia advises on tax and duty implications of property development and devising appropriate structures. Julia also advises on GST and stamp duty exemptions in relation to property transactions.

Prior to joining Meridian Lawyers in May 2019, Julia spent 19 years as a Tax and Commercial Lawyer at Robert James Lawyers.

Dec 11, 2019

INSIGHT: Payroll tax clampdown on healthcare clinic operators

In recent times, there has been a strong focus by revenue authorities on tax compliance by health service providers including operators of medical, dental, optometry and other allied health clinics. Payroll tax compliance in particular has been in the spotlight. In the recent decision of Commissioner of State Revenue V The Optical Superstore Pty Ltd […]

Sep 3, 2019

INSIGHT: Be Data Smart

Pharmacy data is a valuable resource and pharmacy owners are increasingly being asked to permit third parties to access their pharmacy computer systems for a range of purposes. Pharmacy owners need to be extremely cautious about permitting third parties to access their pharmacy computer systems and before doing so should ensure that they question and […]