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April 3, 2017
Martha Walsh
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Julie Stather

Specialising in care proceedings, Julie has particular expertise in cases involving complex medical evidence, particularly serious head injuries. Her work includes chronic neglect and sexual abuse. Julie has an invaluable understandingof how local authority child care departments operate which gives her clients a considerable advantage, whether she is acting for or against a local authority.

Julie deals with child arrangements disputes and applications to remove children from the jurisdiction, as well as advising on Public Interest Immunity cases, for which she is able to assess large volumes of paperwork in a very short space of time, providing a full advice and annotated files for the Judge.

Jordans published Julie’s Secure Accommodation Handbook in 2013, and she is well known as a writer for legal periodicals. She is a qualified family law Arbitrator, a qualified family Mediator, a trainer of expert witnesses and she accepts direct access work.

Julie is much sought after for the experience, skill and care that she brings to proceedings. Her preparation is meticulous. She remains calm under pressure and is an approachable, friendly and reassuring presence for clients. Her style is practical and focused.

Julie’s professional attitude combined with her approachable demeanour make her a firm favourite with clients. Julie puts them at ease whilst offering sound advice. Her drive and determination have produced  life changing outcomes for some clients who have been supported by Julie, both legally and emotionally along the way.”
Solicitor, Luton




Qualifications, Associations


  • LLB (Hons) – De Montfort University
  • BVC – Nottingham Law School
  • All issues Family Mediator – Resolution
  • Family Arbitrator – Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Qualified Child Arbitrator
  • FLBA
  • Inner Temple
  • Resolution
  • Association of Lawyers for Children
  • Member Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Notable Cases


  • Re B [2009] Representing the local authority. Child six months old died and was found to have ingested methadone. Court was asked to determine whether the methadone had been administered directly or through breast milk, and whether it had caused the death. The case involved very complex medical evidence and experts from the USA.
  • Re A and F [2010] Representing the local authority. Children aged 4 and 6 living at home with their mother when their father, a convicted child sex offender, was released from prison. The case involved detailed evidence from multiple experts about grooming and emotional harm.
  • Re L [2014] Representing the mother. The child was removed from the care of her mother shortly after birth. The mother was a chronic user of drugs and alcohol and none of her previous children were in her care. Julie’s argument for a different form of alcohol testing was successful at the final hearing and the child was eventually returned to her care.
  • Re G, L, A, H, B and C [2014] Representing the children through the guardian. Very complex case involving inter-generational sexual, physical and emotional abuse. Ten day finding of fact hearing and ten day disposal hearing.
  • Medway Council v A Mother [2014] EWHC 308 (Fam) Representing the local authority. Child six weeks old suffered chronic subdural haematoma and retinal haemorrhages. The court was asked to determine the causation and likely timing of the subdural haematoma which became chronic and the retinal haemorrhages. The case involved very complex and conflicting medical evidence.
Called 2000
Practice Areas: Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Public Access

Email: jstather@westgate-chambers.co.uk

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