Before being called to the Bar of Northern Ireland, Julie practised at the Bar of England and Wales, specialising in Family and Criminal Law.
Throughout this time, Julie represented Local Authorities, parents and Guardians ad Litem in a variety of public law matters, including those involving Care Orders, Emergency Protection Orders, adoption and special guardianship. Julie also frequently appeared on behalf of parties in private law matters, including residence, contact and specific issue applications. Her experience also comprises representation in non-molestation proceedings.
In addition, Julie has broad experience of representing both prosecution and defence in Magistrates’ Courts and also in Crown Court jury trials. Julie has also acted on behalf of the DWP in relation to benefit fraud matters, and has experience of prosecuting cases concerning the proceeds of crime.
In addition, Julie has experience of acting in Infant (Minor) Approvals and in representing both individuals and insurance companies in the County Court regarding road traffic disputes.
Following Call to the Bar of Northern Ireland in 2019, Julie has represented prisoners at Parole Panel hearings, and has also been involved in High Court family proceedings. She has a particular interest and experience in representing clients with learning difficulties.
Julie is a current member of the Northern Ireland Family and Criminal Bar Associations.
She also holds a Public Appointment as a member of the HSC Research Ethics Committee (RECA) in Northern Ireland since 2018.
2003; LL.B. (Hons) Common and Civil Law with French, (2:1), Queen’s University, Belfast
2003; Diplôme d’Etudes Universitaires Françaises (DEUF), L’Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3
2004; Postgraduate Diploma in Professional and Legal Skills, Inns of Court School of Law, London (Very Competent) - ‘Outstanding’ grade attained in Negotiation and Professional Conduct modules
2004; Called to the Bar of England and Wales (Middle Temple - Benefactors’ Scholar)
2019; Called to the Bar of Northern Ireland