Julie Norris

Partner

Regulatory

"an absolute expert in her field who is very quick, shrewd and tough,"

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession 2020

"...a highly intelligent legal mind whose ability to grasp arguments whilst remaining humane and thoughtful towards her client is profoundly impressive"

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2016

Julie is a partner in the Regulatory Team. She specialises in advising in the health, professional services, legal and financial fields, advising professionals, businesses and regulators on regulatory compliance, investigations, adjudication, enforcement and prosecutions.
 

Clients come to Julie for advice on regulatory issues that affect their ability to practice or run their organisations, as well as those regulatory issues that may impact their reputation or professional standing. 

Julie predominantly acts for students, professionals, companies and institutions across the financial, legal, health, education and professional service sectors. Julie’s early career at the criminal bar and “…mastery of criminal law and procedure and its application to regulatory work...” (Chambers UK) means that Julie is particularly well placed to advise clients in regulatory investigations with a criminal angle. Julie regularly advises companies and organisations in inquiries and investigations instigated by regulators and charities, or commenced of their own initiative. In the health sector, Julie advises care homes and primary care providers on their regulatory obligations with the Care Quality Commission.

Julie often advises professionals at the outset of investigations when the responses to the regulator may have particularly serious implications; Julie has an impressive track record for halting investigations pre-hearing.  Julie is particularly well known for achieving better than expected outcomes for clients and challenging regimes and decisions that are legally unsound or unfair.  

Julie is a recognised expert in her field and regularly speaks at industry events, including for ARK, Employment Lawyers Association (ELA) and the Association of Partnership Practitioners (APP) as well as writing in journals and other publications. Julie is a Legal assessor for the British Acupuncture Council. 

Recent work

  • Representing a student in university disciplinary proceedings relating to allegations of sexual assault
  • Advising a firm of solicitors as to the notification requirements under the SRA Standards and Regulations
  • Representing witnesses in an FCA lessons learned review
  • Advising a firm of chartered surveyors on an internal investigation following the financial impropriety of a director 
  • Advising an accountancy firm in ICAEW proceedings relating to the conduct of audits
  • Advising a care home on enforcement action taken by the CQC
  • Representing the CEO of a humanitarian charity in a Charity Commission statutory inquiry involving wide ranging allegations concerning financial mismanagement
  • Advising a charity on the conduct of its internal investigation in respect of alleged trustee misconduct
  • Acting in a Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors investigation in respect of an allegation against a chartered surveyor that they had caused the death of a person due to a deficient inspection/report 
  • Advising an Insolvency Practitioner in disciplinary proceedings before the ICAEW
  • Representing a psychotherapist in an Inquest in which it was alleged that the treatment provided was ineffective 
  • Representing an accountant in Financial Reporting Council proceedings relating to accounting irregularities said to have misled auditors
  • Representing a doctor alleged to have accepted referral fees
  • Representation of a teacher before the Teaching Agency facing allegations of racially motivated unprofessional conduct arising out of the Trojan Horse scandal
  • Representing a  psychiatrist before the General Medical Council (GMC) against allegations surrounding the inadequacy of a clinical report and expert evidence given
  • Acting for a psychoanalyst in successfully defending allegations of professional misconduct brought by the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC)
  • Advising a doctor on the scope of the ‘practise of medicine’ for the purposes of the GMC determining if they needed a licence to practise
  • Advising a counselling practice on the legality of accepting referral fees
  • Advising a charity on the lawful operation of its medical practices in the UK
  • Advising a dental practice on GDC compliance vis-à-vis the employment of qualified overseas non-GDC registered professionals
  • Advising a private equity administration firm on the regulatory requirements for employees to hold practicing certificates

What clients and directories have said

"She's very good, she's hard-working and she makes very good tactical judgements."

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession,  2019

She has a mastery of the detail and is a great tactician.

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession,  2018

"She is exceptional

 Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession,  2018

She is praised for her "incisive, clear and intelligent" approach to cases

Legal 500 UK 2015

“Defence work is overseen by the ‘articulate, fluid and highly skilled' Julie Norris.”

Legal 500, 2014

'She has a mastery of criminal law and procedure and its application to regulatory work – her cross-examinations are truly brilliant’.“

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession,  2014

 

Publications and articles

 

Professional societies and memberships

 

"She's very good, she's hard-working and she makes very good tactical judgements."

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession,  2019

"She is exceptional," adding that "she has a mastery of the detail and is a great tactician."

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession,  2018

"razor-sharp" and "her knowledge and expertise concerning professional discipline is unrivalled."

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession,  2017

Sources say that she is "razor-sharp" and "her knowledge and expertise concerning professional discipline is unrivalled."

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession,  2017

...a highly intelligent legal mind whose ability to grasp arguments whilst remaining humane and thoughtful towards her client is profoundly impressive." 

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession,  2016

...'She has a mastery of criminal law and procedure and its application to regulatory work – her cross-examinations are truly brilliant'.

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession,  2014

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Open and Shut Cases may be re-opened

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Telling tales on your patients? What are the limits of therapeutic confidentiality and what are lawful disclosures?

What constitutes knowledge and the development of the Bolam principle

Specialist medical practitioners - what are the requirements?

The importance of wording in fitness to practise allegations

Close the loophole on therapists and counsellors

GMC Consultation on Draft Order – taking up the torch of the Law Commission reforms in the absence of government action?

Health and Social Care Reform: an analysis of the responses.

Health and Social Care Reform: the responses are in; the possible key features of a new unified system

Mid-Staffordshire Report - impact for professional regulators?

Charges* in Healthcare Professional Regulation

Case Update: Nwogbo v General Medical Council [2012] EWHC 2666 (Admin)

Final decision on Bonhoeffer: the financial legacy for the medical profession?

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Promoting a good working culture in law firms - Part 1: What is a manager's role?

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Testing in Testing Times: WADA Anti-Doping Guidance for Athletes in light of COVID-19

Welcome guidance on the approach to valuations from RICS during Coronavirus pandemic

The Bar: do Barristers have to go to court during the coronavirus pandemic? - an update

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+44 (0)20 7814 1290

jnorris@kingsleynapley.co.uk

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