Experience

Year of Call: 2011

Education

MA (Cantab), Law, Girton College, University of Cambridge
BPTC, Kaplan Law School, London (Advocacy Scholar)

Languages

Conversational French
Beginner’s Spanish

Profile

Julia practises in all areas of family law, with an emphasis on divorce, the financial consequences of relationship breakdown and disputes about child arrangements. Many of her cases have an international element, including applications for permanent or temporary leave to remove a child from the jurisdiction. Julia provides practical legal advice and excellent advocacy at all court levels, with maturity and expertise beyond her level of Call. She is approachable yet professional, and is respected by those in the field. She obtained tenancy after successful completion of her pupillage at 4 Paper Buildings, during which she was awarded the Inner Temple Pupillage Advocacy prize in 2012.


Julia has worked as part of the legal teams in two Supreme Court cases – she assisted Alex Verdan QC in Re B (A Child) [2013] UKSC 33 and worked as part of the team representing the child (TM) in the matter of LC (Children) [2013] UKSC 221. Julia was recently a junior in a high value cross-jurisdictional financial remedy case in which an application was made for the variation of a lump sum by instalments. In addition she has been led in the High Court by Jonathan Cohen QC in proceedings where there were serious allegations of fabricated and induced illness, and by Sally Bradley in a lengthy fact-finding hearing involving sexual abuse and vulnerable individuals with learning disabilities. Julia was junior counsel in Re AD and AM (fact-finding hearing) (Application for re-hearing) [2016] EWHC 326 (Fam) which clarified the law applicable when findings of a court are reopened.

Prior to pupillage Julia volunteered with a charity which enabled disadvantaged children to attend school holiday residential camps. She was also involved in an interactive teaching project at HM YOI Feltham. Her experience also includes having assisted a Partner of a large wealth management and financial planning group.

Julia has represented individuals in a number of cases pro bono, including at child tax credit decision appeals and through the Free Representation Unit. She served as a member of the Inner Temple Junior Bar Association Committee for three years (as pupil representative, social secretary and as family law representative). She has recently started volunteering on the advice line for charity Rights of Women. Julia regularly presents lectures and seminars and provides witness training to professionals.

In her spare time Julia enjoys running (recently a half marathon) and travel (having trekked in the Andes, climbed Mount Toubkal – the highest mountain in North Africa, and explored the Great Wall of China).

PUBLICATIONS

Julia is a frequent contributor to journals and other publications. Her work includes:

Co-author with Charles Hale QC of the ‘Children Act 1989, section 8 orders’ chapter of the 2016 edition of Rayden and Jackson on Divorce and Family Matters
A Guide for Families, 7th Edition for charity Parents’ Aid (Southern Essex)

Author of Court of Protection Updates for Family Law Week:
Court of Protection Update August 2014
Court of Protection Update January 2015 
Court of Protection Update September 2015

Unsettling settlements: Setting aside consent orders on the ground of material non-disclosure, Rainscourt Family Law Blog, 28 January 2016

Procedure: Orders restricting further applications under section 91(14), LexisNexis Practice Note, July 2015

The Children and Families Act 2014: how does it affect family practitioners? Fam. Law (2014) No.44 June 874-877

WEBINARS
June finance update, 21 June 2016, SG
Re B and what it means for future child cases, 27 June 2013, SG

Professional Memberships

Family Law Bar Association
Inner Temple

Testimonials

“Julia did an exceptional job. I shall be instructing her again and telling everyone about her”.
Lisa Pepper, Partner, Osbornes Solicitors LLP


“Julia displays all the characteristics of an excellent family barrister – she is great with clients, has a thorough understanding of her area of expertise and shows initiative in court. One to watch”
Tasha Bevan-Stewart, Partner, Watson Thomas Solicitors

“I unreservedly recommend Julia for her commitment and tenacity, coupled with excellent client care. Her legal advice is practical and relevant”
Simon Stell, Partner, LCF Law