Julia is a Consultant with Trethowans, assisting the Licensing, Betting & Gaming team.
Her experience in licensing started in the 1980's, as a Clerk in the Bournemouth Magistrates' Court. Following her time as a partner with a well-known licensing practice, she then worked in house with a major "pubco" before returning to private practice to head up the licensing team at a mainstream South Coast firm. She joined Trethowans in October 2010.
Julia's specialist areas are Licensing Act 2003, Gambling Act 2005, SIA, SEL and Taxi licensing. Associated regulatory including Health & Safety, Trading Standards, Food Safety, Reviews, Closure Notices and Orders, Noise Abatement Prosecutions etc. She regularly appears at Hearings across the South including London, and deals with appeals through to High Court challenges.
Julia recognised by Chambers (2018) as a notable practitioners. Julia acts for a broad range of restaurant chains assisting with licensing applications and alterations as well as enforcement proceedings. Sources note her "depth of knowledge and the ability to negotiate with tricky parties."
Memberships include as a trainer with BII, and Institute of Licensing.
Examples of how Julia has helped clients include:
Since joining Trethowans, Julia has successfully represented Ladbrokes at a number of contested hearings. "Julia is always well prepared, composed and eloquent. Challenging objections have been overcome by her persuasive legal argument" the client commented.
Julia recently acted swiftly to be heard on an Expedited Summary Review seeking instant closure to prevent that, and has successfully concluded over 20 Licensing Act appeals without having to take the matter to final hearing.
Past testimonials have included, from company managing directors "Julia and her team are truly first-class, conscientious and expert" and "Thank you again, Julia, for more groundbreaking licensing work".