Julie is a Senior Associate in the Family team.
She advises people on matrimonial agreements and family disputes arising from separation or divorce, or disagreements over financial arrangements and time with children.
Working for clients who want a cohabitation agreement or a prenuptial agreement to protect their inherited or business wealth when setting up home together, getting married or entering a civil partnership.
When relationships break down, Julie helps people to find the best solution whether this is an interim arrangement, formal separation, divorce of dissolution of a civil partnership. She often acts for high-net-worth clients and is experienced in negotiating financial settlements involving pension sharing or offsetting, capitalising maintenance payments into a lump sum to achieve a clean break, and dealing with complex trust arrangements.
In addition, Julie advises parents and grandparents in regard to children, such as living arrangements, time together and delicate issues such as abuse or parental alienation.
Recent examples of how Julie has supported clients include:
- protecting a significant family trust, by showing that over £30 million in assets were not matrimonial and therefore outside the scope of the divorce settlement, and ensuring that 50 per cent of the settlement would be repaid to the trust on the death of the former spouse;
- securing a clean break divorce for a client who relied on income from a family trust, by negotiating a capital sum when the spouse had been seeking income for life;
- helping grandparents to provide a secure home for their grandchildren via a ‘live with’ order in a difficult family dspute; and
- defending the father and protecting his time with his children, in the face of persistent parental alienation, including false accusations of abusive behaviour.