Julia Needham

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Professional Bio

Julia is a criminal practitioner with experience of prosecuting and defending across a wide range of cases including possession of firearms with intent, armed robbery and other violent crime, production and supply of Class A drugs/test purchase operations, witness intimidation, sexual assault including historic sex abuse, hate crime and domestic violence cases. Known for her meticulous preparation, Julia is regularly re-instructed by those familiar with her proactive approach. Julia has both prosecuted and defended cases investigated by Operation Trident and the Flying Squad, and has experience of many cases involving complex disclosure issues including extensive sensitive material, PII and anonymity. She has appeared regularly in the High Court and Court of Appeal, resulting in a number of reported cases . Given her lifelong interest in Human Rights Law / Civil Liberties, Julia welcomes instructions from the defence or prosecution in cases where these principles are engaged, in particular cases involving Human Trafficking / Modern Slavery law. Julia is especially interested in the jurisdiction of the Coroner’s Court and welcomes instructions in this area. She will consider acting pro bono in cases of particular merit. Following a career break during which she moved to Worcestershire, Julia now practices predominantly on the Midlands Circuit. She has no interest whatsoever in SFO cases.

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Specialisms

Sexual Abuse
Human Trafficking
Human Rights Law
Criminal Law