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Julia Nelson

Called Called in 1993



About Julia Nelson

Julia has specialised in Family Law for 23 years and has vast experience of dealing with a wide range of people and cases .Her practice includes the full range of family finance work and children. In private law disputes she is able to advise and represent clients in both finance and children issues and clients greatly value the continuity of relationship between the two forms of dispute. Julia has a considerable record of success in contested cases and a fearsome reputation for cross-examination and uncovering concealed assets. Julia’s no nonsense approach, enthusiasm and tenacity has earned her an enviable reputation with family solicitors who compete to instruct her on behalf of their clients.

 Julia has extensive experience of dealing with disputes regarding the welfare of children including numerous applications for leave to remove children from the jurisdiction and internal relocation. Julia’s practice encompasses all forms of family disputes and her extensive court of protection practice means she has also successfully represented clients in divorce and children cases where the client is vulnerable or lacks capacity.

Julia is fortunate enough to be able to thrive on little sleep . As well as a very busy barrister and mother of two, she is an experienced actress and regularly performs in theatre and immersive theatre. Julia is also a keen gardener and an accomplished cook and a previous winner of ‘Come dine with me !’


Personal Details

Education: BA (Hons), University of Manchester
Professional Associations: Family Law Bar Association (FLBA)

Specialist Practice Areas


Legal 500 2017- "Experienced in matrimonial property and finance matters."

Legal 500 2016- "Recommended for Court of Protection work."

Legal 500 2014 - "Experienced in all aspects of family law and highly regarded on circuit"

Legal 500 2013 - Julia Nelson is noted for her ‘supportive way with clients’.

Legal 500 2012 - ‘sensible and incisive with a good eye for detail

Legal 500 2011 - Julia Nelson comes "highly recommended"

Legal 500 2010 - Julia Nelson has a "refreshing no-nonsense approach".

Reported Cases

CZ (Human Rights Claim: Costs) [2017] EWFC 11

Represented the  Children’s Guardian in the case of CZ, who was removed from the care of his mother in hospital in circumstances that led to a consequent human rights damages claim.  Cobb J considered the correct costs orders in a human rights damages claim and whether the imposition of the legal aid statutory charge in respect of any award would nonetheless achieve ‘just satisfaction’ for the claimants.

 Re TJ (Relinquished for adoption: sibling contact) [2017] EWFC 6

Represented the Children’s Guardian in respect of a child relinquished for adoption by its mother. The question for the Court was whether the child’s remaining birth family should be notified of TJ’s existence. In balancing the wishes of the mother against the potential relationship between TJ and a half sibling (PL), it was concluded that TL and PJ did not enjoy Article 8 rights. They had no legal or actual relationship and the limited and infrequent nature of indirect contact was outweighed by other considerations. 

Barrett v Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council [2010] EWHC 467 (Admin)
Application by special guardian for a fresh assessment of the allowances payable to her. A new assessment backdated to March 2006 was ordered.

Re H (CONTACT: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE GUIDELINES) [Court of Appeal] [2006] 1 F.L.R. 943 ; EWCA Civ 1404, FLR [2006]
Contact : domestic violence, Appeal allowed due to Judge's failure to have any regard to Re L (Contact: Domestic Violence) [2002] FLR 334, or to the guidelines prepared by the Children Act Sub- Committee on Family Law in relation to contact cases where there have been allegations of domestic violence.

Re G [2004]
Represented the mother (in care proceedings) who was convicted of selling her unborn baby over the internet.

R -v- Jennison [1998]
Represented devoted daughter charged with the murder of her Alzheimer's suffering mother after assisting in her suicide. The defendant was acquitted.

Re S & P (Discharge of Care Order) FD [1995] 2 FLR 782
Burden on the party applying for discharge of care order to demonstrate that they have a good arguable case.


Leeds and Yorkshire Lawyer Issue 104 - False Economy - Click to view article



Julia has presented on a whole host of topics relevant to family practitioners, including care proceedings, court systems and expert evidence.

Recent seminars include:

  • Schedule 1 of the Children Act: Financial Provision for the children of unmarried parents.
  • 'Special Guardianship Orders and Placement Orders'.
  • 'Residence and shared Residence Orders and Specific Issue Orders/Prohibited steps orders'.
Court of Protection

Julia provides bespoke training to Local Authorities, Private Practice Solicitors, IMCAs, AMHPs and other professionals on all aspects of the Mental Capacity Act and associated law. For further enquiries please contact

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