Julie-Ann Harris

Partner - Head of Family

T 023 8048 3754

M 07384 461362

E julieannharris@coffinmew.co.uk

Specialisms

  • Divorce
  • Complex business arrangements and protecting your assets
  • Complex family arrangements
  • Cohabitation
  • Unmarried couples
  • Pre Nuptial agreements
Julie-Ann Harris

Specialisms

  • Divorce
  • Complex business arrangements and protecting your assets
  • Complex family arrangements
  • Cohabitation
  • Unmarried couples
  • Pre Nuptial agreements

My role

I manage the Family team across the Coffin Mew firm and personally run a specialist case load.

I specialise in divorce cases that involve complicated and unusual elements. I mainly work with people who have complex business arrangements who need someone who is commercially driven, who understands the pressures of running a business yet is pragmatic and outcome-focused.

I am increasingly dealing with asset protection to prevent dissipation of family assets during a divorce including applications before the High Court. As pressures mount on the court system and cases evolve, we’re dealing with an unprecedented number of appeals.

Over the years I’ve also worked with many people who find themselves on the periphery of a marriage or relationship breakdown, including grandparents, co-directors and friends who have given financial support to the parties during their relationship but need to secure their own interests on its breakdown.

For the unmarried family, the legal landscape is complex but experience has taught me that a dogmatic, formulaic and sensible attitude can crack the most difficult of cases.

I never lose sight of the human element in each case and have built a network of trusted advisers, including family therapists, psychologists, counsellors and experts who I frequently call on to provide emotional intelligence.

I am fully trained by the Infant Loss Foundation and am an accredited family lawyer, who has experience in dealing with relationship problems or breakdowns following an infant loss. I recognise how important it is to approach these cases with sensitivity, empathy and respect.

My experience

My experience is driven by the privilege I’ve been granted by clients who have trusted me to work with them. Cases can sometimes, but not always, take time to resolve and for this reason I build relationships with clients based on trust, honesty and understanding.

Over the years I’ve worked at some of the best firms in the South where I have honed my skills as a family lawyer and fashioned my unique approach to the suite of family cases I’ve been fortunate to advice upon. I’m known for giving forthright, realistic and pragmatic advice which clients value.

With 14 years experience of private family practice behind me I am not afraid to help clients make difficult decisions. Whilst a collegiate and collaborative approach is in everyone’s best interests long term, I’m not shy to take a robust stance if a case demands it. I take pride in everything I do and value more than anything my integrity.

I am a Resolution Accredited Specialist in complex financial and property matters and cohabitation. I also sit on the Specialist Accreditation Committee for Resolution.

 

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