“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Julie Simpson for the exceptional work which she undertook throughout the lengthy and very complicated Court proceedings in connection with my son. From what I witnessed in court, Julie appeared to be a solicitor whom the Designated Family Judge holds in very high regard; deservedly so in my opinion. She had relentless, objective focus on my son’s best interests and her human compassion was clearly felt.”
Jones Myers Client

“Julie is utterly conscientious, professional, and hardworking, protecting the interests of her clients with calmness and firm determination - most particularly when representing children. I think it is when representing children that she particularly excels; and her empathy and kindness come to the fore, though she never forgets that her role is a lawyer.”

“Julie’s standard of work is outstanding. Julie is extremely thorough, meticulous, organised, and reliable. She is a true professional in every sense of the word. I have never known Julie to be anything other than calm, reassuring and positive. I honestly cannot speak highly enough of Julie’s work.”
Helen Chapman, CAFCASS Children’s Guardian

Julie’s extensive expertise spans three decades in all aspects of Public Law for Children and Young Adults including care proceedings, adoption, and child protection work - representing children directly and through their Guardians as well as parents, other relatives and foster carers.

Holding Higher Rights of Audience enables Julie to represent clients in Senior Courts in England and Wales. She has practised in York and acted for children from across North Yorkshire.

Held in high regard by counsel and Guardians of children that she represents, Julie is described as compassionate, focused, reassuring and adept at managing complex cases.


  • Adoption and placement applications
  • Care proceedings (children/young adults)
  • Public law proceedings (children/young adults)
  • Residence and contact disputes


  • Higher Rights of Audience (2010)
  • Accredited Law Society’s Children Panel member (2000)
  • Resolution member (1993)
  • Association of Lawyers for Children member

Our Children Team

The reputation of our Children Department in balancing the needs of children and their parents in all scenarios – is unparalleled. Experts in putting children’s interests first, we work with you to ensure their wellbeing, living arrangements, financial security and protection. If you cannot reach agreement through informal negotiations, we will guide you through the options to establish which one is best for you.