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.

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 […]

May 30, 2019

INSIGHT: Important information for property developers in Victoria: State Taxation Acts Amendment Bill 2019

The State Taxation Acts Amendment Bill 2019 was introduced into the Victorian Parliament this week and was passed by the Lower House. Importantly for property developers, the Bill contains changes that will significantly broaden the scope of the ‘economic entitlement’ provisions of the Victorian Duties Act 2000 meaning that many property development arrangements that are […]