Julie is a Partner in the Family team.
When relationships break down, she helps people to find the best solution whether this is an interim arrangement, formal separation, divorce or dissolution of a same sex civil partnership. She often acts for high-net-worth individuals and families providing advice on complex financial remedies including 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. She is a Resolution Accredited Specialist in the areas of pensions and complex financial remedies
She is also experienced in supporting clients with pro-active solutions to managing wealth including cohabitation agreements or prenuptial agreements to protect their inherited or business wealth when setting up home together, getting married or entering a civil partnership.
Her hands on approach to navigating the challenges faced by clients separating and encouraging engagement across all parties during the process helps to drive a smoother resolution. As a trained collaborative lawyer, Julie can manage the process for those wishing to work together to reach agreement.
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.
Julie works with families, the professional community, mid-wealth and high-net worth individuals.
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 dispute; and
- defending the father and protecting his time with his children, in the face of persistent parental alienation, including false accusations of abusive behaviour.