He focuses on divorce and family law, in particular the financial repercussions of relationship formation and breakdown. His work frequently has an international dimension, often involving tax and trust implications, substantial assets or incomes. He speaks French, and consequently does a good deal of Anglo-French work.
Julian has developed a niche practice in negotiating domestic and international pre-nuptial agreements, whose importance has increased substantially in recent years. He handles disputes relating to children, both within and outside of the Court forum.
Amongst many other accolades, Julian has been recommended as one of the top ten UK family lawyers by Spears Wealth Management in its Family Law Index. The report was previewed in The Times, which described him as ‘ultra-efficient’ and highlighted feedback such as ‘enormously likeable’ style characterised by ‘combination of empathy and objectivity’.
He frequently acts for (or against) household names, but his clients also include City professionals, entrepreneurs, those in the arts/media, financiers, the independently wealthy and their spouses/partners.
Julian has appeared on BBC TV, Sky News, CNN, Newsnight, Radio 4 and Bloomberg to comment about family law issues. He is also often quoted in the national and international press, most recently on the front pages of The Financial Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and the Times.
Chambers and Partners: is one of only five ‘Star Individuals’ in family law. ‘He can handle the big litigation, but will try to get the most sensible solution away from the courtroom,’ and he is a ‘phenomenal, meticulous performer.’
‘the best of his generation…very bright and has a lovely manner about him… He often represents well-known household names, and he has been involved in some of the most high-profile and high-value cases in recent times. He is wise, calm and extremely bright, pragmatic, academically strong and firm when necessary.’
‘brilliant, practical and shrewd’ to get the most sensible solution away from the courtroom,’ and that he is a ‘phenomenal, meticulous performer.’