About Us

McArthur Legal Services was opened in 2016 by principal Juliana McArthur. The Abbott Street Chambers are located in what was once a lovely old family home in Abbott Street, Gunnedah.

Juliana can provide you with consistent, quality legal advice at reasonable rates with a commercial focus.  Integrity and a commitment to excellence is our hallmark.  We are effective in finding the best possible solution for you.  Juliana  is supported by law graduate and paralegal, Jodie Sheen and legal secretary Maree Wilkinson.


Our Director

Juliana McArthur

BA (Hons), LLB, GDLP.
Admitted NSW Supreme Court (1999) and the ACT Supreme Court (2001).

Juliana is our Director.  Formerly a solicitor at Clayton Utz (Sydney and Canberra) and at W A Baxter & Co. (Gunnedah), Juliana is passionate about resolving legal issues for clients with a commercial and legal focus.   She has lived in Gunnedah for 20 years.  Juliana also runs a stud cattle, sheep and cropping farming enterprise over 8500 acres at Gunnedah, Mullaley and Manilla with her husband Peter.

Our Team


Maree Wilkinson

Maree is our Legal Secretary and Book-keeper.  She has lived in Gunnedah for over 40 years and has extensive local knowledge of the community.  Maree will cheerfully take appointments and handle all queries with aplomb.


Sarah Heggaton

Sarah joins us after practice in Tamworth since 2014. From a local farming family, Sarah helps run a successful dry land operation and has a passion for the land that our rural clients will appreciate.

Sarah can advise you on a range of legal issues including rural law, property, court matters, family law and wills and estates.

Our Services

Estate Planning

Drafting and updating wills, Power of Attorney, Enduring Guardianship instruments are some of the services we can assist with. Careful attention to your wishes is our hallmark. We act for estates when applying to the Supreme Court for probate or letters of administration and have successfully represented estates against family provision claims.

Conveyancing and Property

We can assist you whether you are buying or selling residential, strata, industrial or rural land, including water entitlements, or leasing property and water. You will have a reliable service to ensure good title if you are a purchaser or a smooth sale if you are selling. We have a reputation for efficiency and achieving early settlements.


We can draw leases or contracts for sale of a business or assist you with a purchase of business.  We can establish a company or trust for you to assist with a purchase of property or to safeguard a future succession plan.  We will work closely with your financial adviser throughout the process to ensure a smooth transition.  We are successful at recovering debts due to companies and individuals, issuing letters of demand or acting in the Court to secure a judgement order.

Divorce & Family Law

Your rights and obligations upon the ending of a relationship are handled with compassion and as your firm advocate. We can assist with applications for divorce, parenting or financial agreements (including prenuptial), child support and Family Court orders.


With a focus on attempting to resolve the dispute without the cost and uncertainty of litigation, we have a reputation if the matter proceeds to Court of reasonable costs, clear communication and reliable advice. We also handle traffic law matters in Court.

Succession Planning

We have direct experience of the challenges faced by farmers on the land and how passing the family farm on to the the next generation can be complex on many levels. We can assist you to navigate an effective plan whilst supporting family relationships.

Renewable Energy Projects

We can advise you about terms sheets, option agreements and long-term leases for renewable energy projects.  We have experience representing landowners who take up offers of hosting wind turbines or a solar farm, drafting the legal documents to secure the commercial arrangement with the renewable energy company.  We have also represented landowners neighbouring renewable energy projects concerned about the impacts of such projects on them.  We have negotiated directly with renewable energy companies and consent authorities to ensure the conditions of consent properly address those concerns or provide compensation.

Contact Us

McArthur Legal Services is located at Abbott Street Chambers,
22 Abbott Street (the Oxley Highway)

T 02 6742 0422
E gunnedah@mcarthurlegalservices.com.au

We also travel to Coolah on Wednesdays and we are situated at 60 Binnia Street, next to the Bakery at Piper Street Real Estate.

Our Locations