Julia joined the Criminal Litigation team in July 2015. She is a non-practising barrister with extensive experience in legal policy and public affairs.
As Practice Development Lawyer, she is responsible for knowledge management and practice development for the Criminal Litigation team, alongside Gemma Tombs, and supports cross-firm groups such as the Financial Services/Regulatory team and the KN Brexit Legal group.
She has a particular expertise in European criminal justice. She is a member of the Centre for European Studies (CEPS) Task Force on Brexit. Julia developed her European justice and home affairs expertise with a traineeship in the European Commission working in DG Justice and Home Affairs in 2000. From 2001-2003 she worked at the European Parliament as political advisor on European Justice and Home Affairs matters. She joined the UK Law Societies’ Joint Brussels Office as Deputy Head for EU and WTO Affairs in 2003 and was the first to hold the post of Justice and Home Affairs Policy Advisor in October 2003. She was Head of Office from 2008 and returned to the Law Society headquarters in London as Head of International in 2011.