Julian practises in all areas of family law, undertaking work in public law proceedings, private law proceedings and applications following relationship breakdown (matrimonial/civil partnership and cohabitee).

Whilst recently called to the Bar, Julian was admitted as a Solicitor in 1991 and has practiced in Family Law for 28 years. He was a member of the Law Society’s Children and Family Panels. Julian has conducted the majority of his own advocacy since 1996 in all tiers of the Family Courts. Julian has also practiced as a Solicitor Mediator. Julian was the Principal Solicitor for the Child Protection Services of a Local Authority for 10 years.

Public Law Children

Julian is instructed to act in all tiers of the family court and the court of appeal and on behalf of all parties in proceedings. He brings a wealth of experience having dealt with cases involving child death, serious inflicted injuries, sexual abuse, FII, chronic neglect, FGM, child abduction and cases with a foreign element. Clients have included vulnerable adults, adults with particular faith practices, children and local authorities. He has acted in cases involving vulnerable adults, adults requiring special measures, parents who are themselves children and children giving evidence.

Public Law - Inherent Jurisdiction

Julian has made a special study of the role of the Inherent Jurisdiction in Family Proceedings particularly regarding the use of secure accommodation, DOLS and removal from the Jurisdiction.

Private Law Children

Julian is instructed to appear in cases involving complex elements, and has experience in acting for the child in such applications, permanent and temporary removal from the jurisdiction.


Julian has acted in cases involving contested adoption and adoptions with an international element.

Matrimonial Finance

Julian has experience in acting in ancillary relief and experience in providing advice and representation at all stages of litigation.


  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Resolution
  • North Eastern Circuit


  • BSc Zoology with Honours degree at Liverpool University
  • CPE and LSF leading to admission as Solicitor
  • Level 8 (Masters equivalent) CGSI in Leadership


Julian has a wealth of experience derived from his practice as a Solicitor in private practice and a Local Authority Principal Solicitor. This range of roles has given Julian a broad experience of many issues that arise in the Family Courts with the advantage of viewing applications from a range of perspectives. Julian understands the other issues that face Solicitors in practice who act for the Local Authority, parents and children.

Julian has recently retired from the Reserve Forces after 30 years’ service. A keen musician who sings with Hexham Abbey Choir and has surprisingly, recently taken up the trumpet.

Clerking team

Steven Preen

Lead Family Clerk

0191 245 9551

Family & Immigration Clerk

0191 245 9531

Family Clerk

0191 245 9530


01642 247 569

Direct Access Clerk

01642 247 569

  • Before a High Court Judge acting on behalf of LA involving a child death and substance abuse leading to a six week finding of fact hearing.
  • Before a Circuit Judge acted on behalf of the local authority in Fabricated or Factitious Illness case.
  • Before a Deputy High Court Judge acting on behalf of LA regarding NAHI (‘shaken baby’) inflicting life changing injury to a new-born infant.
  • Regular Court appearances before High and County Court Judges regarding Serious Inflicted Injury (fractures, bruising, burns and peri-natal) on behalf of parents, LA and children.
  • Before a High Court Judge acted on behalf of the local authority in proceedings brought in the Inherent Jurisdiction regarding the Secure Placement of a 15 year old in secure accommodation and whether a DOL was an appropriate order.
  • Before a Deputy High Court Judge/Circuit Judges acted on behalf of the teenage children who were giving instructions directly to their solicitor.
  • Before a Deputy High Court Judge on behalf of the local authority where the teenage subject child was placed out of the jurisdiction in circumstances that amounted to a deprivation of liberty but were not secure accommodation.
  • Before a Circuit Judge acted on behalf of the local authority in proceedings where there was an allegation that the child was at risk of forced marriage.
  • Before a Circuit Judge acted on behalf of the child who was at risk of FGM from non-parental members of her family.

  • Acted in proceedings in relation to proposed permanent removals to Australia, India, Poland and Eire.
  • Acted on behalf of the mother where very significant findings were made in relation to the domestic abuse.
  • Acted on behalf of the father where very significant proposed findings of rape, domestic abuse and violence were defended.
  • Acted on behalf of a number of religious community in various aspects of private law applications regarding the welfare, living arrangements, contact, education and medical issues flowing from different faith practices.

  • Acted on behalf of the all parties in proceedings relating to disposition of assets.