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Julie-Ann Elliott

Julie Ann Elliot
Year of call:
University of East Anglia & University of Leiden, LLB EUR (Hons) (2:1)
University of Northumbria, BVC (‘very competent’)
Pupil at The Bar Library, Belfast
Practised at the Bar of Northern Ireland, Belfast
Tenant at Sovereign Chambers, Leeds
Sovereign Chambers becomes Park Square Barristers
North Eastern Circuit

Julie-Ann Elliott is a specialist family practitioner engaging in all areas of children work, with particular emphasis on public law proceedings and all aspects of care and adoption proceedings. She is regularly instructed on behalf of local authorities, parents, extended family and children’s guardians. She has extensive experience of proceedings at all levels up to the Court of Appeal and before the Family Division of the High Court, both with and without leading counsel.

Public law

She is regularly instructed in complex matters involving:

  • Complex non-accidental injuries
  • Sexual abuse
  • Incest
  • Chronic neglect
  • Physical & mental disabilities
  • Drug & alcohol abuse
  • Forensic computer evidence
  • Extensive medical evidence
  • Inter-jurisdictional issues

She has had significant involvement in advising on, and acting in, matters concerning local authority duties and challenges to local authority decision-making by way of judicial-review proceedings and claims under the Human Rights Act.

Private law

Julie-Ann accepts instructions in complex private matters, with substantial experience in:

  • Disputed territorial jurisdiction
  • Removal from the jurisdiction/international relocation
  • Wardship
  • Allegations of sexual abuse
  • Serious domestic violence and systematic abuse including false imprisonment
  • Attempted abduction
  • Intractable contact disputes
  • Psychological/psychiatric evidence.


Her approachable manner, coupled with her effectiveness as an advocate and her ability to provide clear, considered and constructive advice, makes Julie-Ann popular with both solicitors and lay clients.


Julie-Ann is regularly involved in Sovereign Chambers’ seminar programme and has presented to solicitors and other professionals in children work as well as social welfare/community care law, including a good-practice guide to preparing for care proceedings.

Contact Julie-Ann’s clerks

Claudine Cooper on 0113 202 8604

Paul Foster on 0113 213 5209