Julia has a high-profile criminal defence practice and is regularly instructed as leading counsel in cases concerning murder, manslaughter, serious sexual offences and fraud. She has a wealth of experience in successfully defending those facing rape and historic sexual allegations.
Recent notable cases
R v SS: Chester Crown Court Defending in a ‘baby shaking’ murder case. Led Richard Orme in a three-week trial at Chester Crown Court. They represented a mother who was found not guilty of both Murder and Causing/Allowing the Death of a Child. The case involved a multiplicity of medical experts from various disciplines. The case was covered on the BBC and in the Manchester Evening News.
R v KL: Central Criminal Court Five-handed murder leading for first Defendant “cut- throated” by the other four Defendants.
R v UO: Central Criminal Court Two-handed “execution style” murder. Leading for first Defendant “cut throated” by second Defendant.
R v MG: Sheffield Crown Court Defending 76-year-old woman of good character charged with murder of her 78-year-old husband. Crown’s expert changes his view after Defence expert diagnoses a rare form of dementia. Crown accepts plea to manslaughter. Defendant sentenced to hospital order without restriction.
R v MF: Liverpool Crown Court Leading for second Defendant of five. Murder in allegation of gang-related revenge shooting.
R V RP: Central Criminal Court Defending student accused of murdering flatmate.
R v JT: Central Criminal Court Leading for first Defendant of three accused of “manslaughter by flight”.
Serious Sexual Offences
R v LA: Croydon Crown Court Defending university student accused of rape. Case collapsed after Julia found exonerating text messages on a disc containing over 50,000 messages only disclosed to defence mid-trial. Case had world wide media coverage resulting in a countrywide review of disclosure in criminal cases.
R v JH: Court of Appeal/ Inner London Crown Court Instructed as a “cold case” appeal for a music producer serving nine years imprisonment for historic rape/sexual assaults on five complainants. Defendant had previously been advised by his KC that he had no grounds to appeal. Julia was initially refused permission to appeal and renewed pro bono to the Full Court. Julia was given permission and overturned all convictions on appeal. At re-trial Julia argued severance into two trials as between complainants. The Defendant was subsequently acquitted of all counts.
R v MB: Central Criminal Court Defending retired teacher in allegations of serious historic sexual abuse of former male pupils in 1980s.
R v NK: Sheffield Crown Court 8-week trial defending in a five-handed Rotherham “grooming gang” case relating to historic allegations of 1990s.
R v KG: Warwick Crown Court Defending foster father accused of raping 12-year-old foster daughter. Acquitted following successful submission of no case to answer following Julia’s cross examination of child witness.
R v NS: Snaresbrook Crown Court Defending foster father accused of raping 17-year-old foster daughter. Convictions successfully overturned on appeal on account of inconsistent verdicts. No re-trial ordered.
R v IB: Blackfriars Crown Court Defending father accused of raping wife and stepdaughter having trafficked them from Romania.
R v NG: Wood Green Crown Court Defending teenage defendant alleged to have raped three boys aged 10-13 at their special needs school, videoing many hours of alleged rapes. Defendant with IQ of 64 and ADHD and intermediary. All three complainants had intermediaries.
R v RH: Southampton Crown Court Defending man accused of seriously sexually assaulting 4-year-old daughter of girlfriend. Successful submission of no case to answer after Julia’s cross examination of 5-year-old complainant.
R v CH: Harrow Crown Court Defending elderly retired teacher in allegations of serious historic sexual abuse of five boys (aged 8- 12) at a prep boarding school in 1970s.
R v DS: Birmingham Crown Court Defending in historic rapes allegations from 1970s on a girl aged 8- 14. Indictment stayed on the basis of a successful abuse of process argument re delay.
R v DF: Wood Green Crown Court Defending retired teacher accused of serious historic sexual assaults on 7-year-old male pupil in 1960s. Acquitted.
R v DA: Huntingdon Crown Court Defending male nurse accused of assault by penetration on elderly patient. Acquitted.
R v ED: Winchester Crown Court Four-week trial defending university student accused of raping three fellow students as they slept. Acquitted of all counts.