Julia Abrey

Consultant | London

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Julia is a consultant in the private client and tax team, focusing on elder law.

She is rated as 'incredibly capable' in Legal 500 2017. She has a particular interest in international and cross border mental capacity issues. She was past 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 Lexis Nexis 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 specialisms include probate, succession and post death planning.

Julia was awarded 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.

Me in a minute

I became an elder client lawyer on my wedding day in 1984

I act for older people and their families, friends, advisers, trustees and carers. Many of my clients lack the mental capacity to make decisions themselves. I do a lot of work with the Court of Protection which looks after the interests of people who are no longer able to manage their financial affairs or make decisions about their health and welfare themselves.

I became an elder client lawyer on my wedding day in 1984. I was waiting outside the church on a very cold December day when my aunt Mary arrived at the very last minute. In her early 60s, she was wearing a summer dress and sandals. My mother, looking at my aunt, commented 'there's something wrong with Aunty Mary'. She was right; it was early onset dementia and my aunt died within five years. The confusion, fear and uncertainty which her children - still all in their 20s and with no expertise in legal matters generally or mental capacity in particular - underwent over those five years in trying to set up the right legal and care arrangements was piteous to see.