Julia returned to self-employed practice at TGC in July 2012 following a successful and diverse career as a government lawyer. Since returning to chambers, Julia has developed a strong public and EU law practice, particularly in the fields of social security, EU free movement and immigration. Julia also specialises in insurance fraud. Julia was a pupil and then a tenant in chambers between 1996 and 2000.
EU Law and Free Movement
Described by Legal 500 as a “genuine and outstanding free movement specialist who handles cases beyond her call” and “an effective advocate with an encyclopeadic knowledge of free movement issues,” Julia is experienced in all aspects of EU law. She has been instructed in many recent test cases, often as sole counsel.
As a senior government lawyer, Julia was closely involved in many ground-breaking social security and EU free movement cases in the domestic courts and CJEU and established and chaired a cross-government group on EU free movement issues. She also spent several years as a lawyer advising the government on the regulation of medicines and medical devices.
Since returning to chambers, Julia has been instructed in some of the leading “right to reside” and EU social security co-ordination cases, as well as ECHR and domestic law challenges. Julia is experienced in all aspects of social security law. Before returning to chambers, Julia was a senior lawyer at DWP leading a team of lawyers which advised Ministers on means-tested benefit entitlement of foreign nationals.
Julia regularly appears in the High Court and Upper Tribunal. She has experience in many areas of immigration law, including Tier 2 cases (sponsorship), Article 8 ECHR claims, fresh claims, unlawful detention and appeal rights cases.
Other Public Law
As a government lawyer, Julia advised the government on NHS secondary care, as well as prison health and prison judicial reviews.
Julia specialises in acting for insurers in cases in which fraud is alleged or suspected, including staged and contrived road traffic accidents, induced accidents, bogus passenger cases, low velocity impacts and exaggerated claims.
Health and Safety / Regulatory
Since returning to chambers, Julia has acted in a criminal prosecution in a regulatory context, led by Keith Morton QC. Previously, Julia worked for several years for the Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency. Her work included advising on enforcement action in relation to both medicines and medical devices, together with broader regulatory issues. Julia was also legal adviser to the Committee on Safety of Medicines.