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 predominantly acts in the professional services sector, advising lawyers, accountants and built environment professionals on regulatory compliance, investigations, adjudication, enforcement and prosecutions.

Julie is top ranked in both major legal directories for her work in this field. She is recognised as a leader in her field.

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. 

Central to Julie’s practice is acting for law firms and partners; she is frequently instructed to advise in advance of any SRA interest or at the outset of an SRA investigation. Julie has an impressive track record for halting investigations pre-hearing. 

Julie regularly advises companies and organisations in inquiries and investigations instigated by regulators and charities, or commenced of their own initiative. 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’s early regulatory career was in healthcare regulation; she continues to advise doctors and talking therapy professionals facing disciplinary allegations as well as entities on their regulatory obligations with the CQC.

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 and legal advisor to the Lord’s Taverners.  

Recent work

  • Advising a law firm as to the notification requirements under the SRA Standards and Regulations
  • Advising a senior partner in respect of SRA allegations into historic sexual allegations
  • Advising a partner in respect of allegation of breaches of the Solicitors Accounts Rules
  • Representing a surveyor in proceedings before RICS alleged to have failed to comply with the Red Book standards
  • 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
  • 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 an accountant in Financial Reporting Council proceedings relating to accounting irregularities said to have misled auditors
  • Advising a private equity administration firm on the regulatory requirements for employees to hold practicing certificates
  • Securing the closure of a student disciplinary case before a University, re. allegations of sexual touching

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

 

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"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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