Julie Taylor has practised in the field of crime since her call to the Bar in 1992, prior to which she was a paralegal for a local firm of Solicitors, working in particular for the late Samuel Lee, Solicitor and Coroner.

Julie prides herself on being approachable and has particular experience in dealing with vulnerable defendants. She deals with her clients in a sensitive and tactful manner where required, but is a highly respected, tenacious advocate.

Her practice extends across the full spectrum of criminal work, including in particular:

• Murder, attempted murder, manslaughter and serious offences of violence
• Drugs offences including substantial drugs conspiracies involving multiple Defendants and very significant amounts of   money and drugs
• Robbery
• Rape and serious sexual offences including historic abuse
• Money laundering
• Fraud and related offences
• Firearms offences (including the importation of firearms)

Julie also has experience of inquests and is now developing a practice in the Court of Protection having recently undergone training in this field.

Julie has also defended in a number of cases concerned with the Trades Descriptions Act 1968, the Trademarks Act 1994, the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 and the Consumer Protection Act 1987 and regulations made thereunder.

She has expertise in the examination and cross examination of very young witnesses, and those with mental health issues, as well as those who are otherwise vulnerable.

Notable Cases

R v M and others aka Operation Jennet (January 2019) Julie defended one of a number of defendants involved in a large “county lines” drugs conspiracy.

R v E and L (Sept 2018) Julie was the led Junior for the first defendant in a murder trial where there were complex issues of law as to joint enterprise and causation. E was acquitted following a four week trial.

R v K and others (May 2018) Julie represented a female defendant who together with her husband and his ex wife were charged with serious familial historic sexual offences. K was acquitted of all charges against her.

R v I and others aka Operation Lawson (January 2018) – Following a six week trial at Preston Crown Court, Julie’s client, a former police officer, was acquitted by the jury of alleged involvement in a conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

R v W and others (Dec 2017) Julie represented one of four defendants charged with Section 18 wounding which involved a serious pre-planned attack said to have been orchestrated by W. The case was complex as it involved issues of joint enterprise and hearsay together with analysis of a large amount of cell citing and telephone evidence.


Dancing Julie is a keen amateur dancer and has appeared in numerous shows including performances at The Winter Garden The Tower Ballroom and Grand Theatre in Blackpool, Reading – anything and everything, History particularly mediaeval and a member of the Richard The Third Society, Writing – Julie has three novels on the go and who knows she may finish one one day!

Areas of Expertise

Criminal Law, Court of Protection

Areas of Practice