Julia Abrey


  • Education: St Hilda's College Oxford, M.A. Jurisprudence
  • Admitted: England and Wales, 1987
  • Languages spoken: French • German
  • Year joined: 1985
  • Year became partner: 1993


Julia specialises in Elder Law and Court of Protection matters and is head of the Withers’ elder law team rated as 'absolutely excellent' in Legal 500 2015. She has a particular interest in international and cross border mental capacity issues. She is chair of STEP’s multi jurisdictional Mental Capacity Special Interest Group and a regular lecturer on elder law topics.

A contributor to a number of books including the Law Society’s Elderly Client Handbook, she is a consultant editor of and contributor to Tolley’s Finance and Law for the Older Client and a member of the editorial board of Jordan’s Elder Law Journal. She is also one of the two UK members of the US National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Inc. and a past Chair of Solicitors for the Elderly.

Other specialisations include Probate, Succession and post death planning.
She is rated as a leading Court of Protection practitioner in Legal 500 2015 and Chambers 2014 and is the current STEP Elder Client Law Professional of the Year.

‘..a well-deserved reputation’ and together, with Paul Hewitt and Stephen Richards, they ‘work well as a team’.

Legal 500 2012, Court of Protection

'Julia Abrey "stands out for her interest in capacity law, and her commitment".'

'Julia Abrey is "very experienced in the field of elderly law and mental incapacity, and is an accomplished public speaker".'

'Julia Abrey is "a prominent figure".' 

Legal 500, 2013, 2014 & 2015

'She is clear, direct and does not beat around the bush.'

'She is "very enthusiastic and very committed to providing a good service for vulnerable older people - like a breath of fresh air."'

Chambers, 2014 & 2015


Winner of the 'Elder Client Law Professional of the Year' award at the STEP Private Client Awards 2009.

Winner of the 'People's Choice' award for Trusted Advisor of the Year at 2015/16 STEP Private Client Awards. Click here to watch the winners clip and the interview with Julia.

Publications and speaking engagements

Julia is a contributor to Sweet & Maxwell's Practical Will Precedents, the Living Wills Section of Volume 42 of Butterworths Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents and the Law Society's Elderly Client Handbook.

She is a consultant editor and contributor of Tolleys Finance and Law for the Older Client and on the editorial board of Elder Law Journal (Jordans). Julia is a regular speaker at conferences on Elderly Client issues.

Julia is a contributor to International Protection of Adults published by Oxford University Press (2015).


  • Solicitors for the Elderly - Past Chair
  • Member of National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Inc. (USA)
  • All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia
  • Chair of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Mental Capacity Special Interest Group
  • Member of STEP England and Wales Regional Committee
  • Member of the Medico Legal Society
  • Member of Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists

On a personal note

Julia is a keen singer of West Gallery music; 18th century sacred works often accompanied by sackbutts, curtles and serpents.


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