Julie has been practising in family law for over 20 years and was previously based in London. She is a qualified Family Law Arbitrator (for both children and financial matters) and Mediator. She trains expert witnesses and is a pupil supervisor.
Julie is heavily involved in the Family Arbitration Scheme: she was a co-author of the paper proposing the extension of the scheme to children’s matters and has more recently presented an information evening to the Sussex Judiciary. She has hosted seminars for solicitors and Cafcass representatives throughout Sussex and writes regularly for legal periodicals about developments in the scheme.
Julie is well known as an author writing regularly for Family Law and Family Law Week (see publications). She is also the author of the Secure Accommodation handbook published by Jordans in 2013 with a forward by McFarlane P.Alternative Dispute Resolution
Julie qualified as an Arbitrator in 2014. She is keen to encourage litigants and potential litigants to investigate this method of dispute resolution because of the benefits of speed and convenience as well as the significant savings in costs. She is a calm presence in an arbitration, putting parents at their case and gives fully reasoned, clear written Determinations in a timely manner.
Julie is instructed in serious public law cases on behalf of local authorities, parents, grandparents, children, interveners and Guardians. In 2021, she was lead Counsel in a 25 day Finding of Fact hearing revolving around FII (Factitious and Induced Illness). She also acts in cases involving allegations of unexplained injury, sexual abuse, and neglect including medical neglect.
- A local authority v B : Representing local authority in a case of infant death and application for placement order for sibling. Complex case involving examination of medical records and post mortem results, with outcome changing expert evidence being obtained from the USA.
- A local authority v G : Representing local authority in case of multi-generational sexual, physical and emotional abuse with both historic and current allegations. This was a complex case requiring forensic analysis of multiple sources of evidence and questioning of several family members. Findings made on all threshold issues and care and placement orders made.Specialising in care proceedings, Julie has particular expertise in cases involving complex medical evidence (especially serious head injuries), chronic neglect and sexual abuse cases. Julie has an invaluable inside understanding of how local authority child care departments operate which gives her clients a considerable advantage, whether she is acting for or against a local authority.
- A local authority v P  Leading counsel for the mother in a case of FII. Successful in defending the mother against allegations of joint enterprise in causing harm to a baby. Significant findings made against the father.
Julie advises and represents parties at all stages of financial remedy disputes, including enforcement of final orders.
Julie is instructed on behalf of parents, children and extended family members. Her cases include difficult issues such as implacable hostility, shared care arrangements, domestic and international relocation, special guardianship and fact-finding hearings. She has a particular interest in contact between children and their grandparents having two published articles on the topic.
Julie is a calming presence for clients and gives clear advice. Her preparation is meticulous and she works hard to get the result the client wants
- A v A : Successfully represented grandfather on his application for contact in a case of parental alienation.
- D v D : Successfully represented mother in an application for contact at the conclusion of which an application was made for costs of £48,000. That application was successfully defended on the basis of the applicant’s litigation conduct, the costs figure being unreasonable, and that it would be impossible to apportion costs between unreasonable and reasonable elements of the case.
- H v E  Successfully represented mother on an application to remove a child to live in an international location. The case was complex because of the distance involved and important cultural issues. The case was finely balanced and the permission to remove was not in line with the recommendations of Cafcass.
Julie Stather appointed as a Fee-paid Judge of the First-tier Tribunal - Jan 2023
The Mini-Budget and Financial Remedies Applications - Oct 2022
Julie Stather discusses The Family Arbitration Scheme – The Future of Family Justice? in the latest edition of Lawyer Monthly - Oct 2022
Julie Stather discusses International Relocation in the June edition of the Family Law Journal - Jun 2022
Arbitration in Children Act matters handled through Chambers - Apr 2022
Julie Stather successful in international relocation case - Jan 2022
Pegah Sharghy, Amanda Minto, Julie Stather and Natasha Isaac cover different hot topics in the latest Family Law Journal - Feb 2021
Julie Stather looks at internal relocation – avoiding the fait accompli: the difficulty of relocation cases in Family Law Journal - Jan 2021
Children Arbitration and the Family Court - Nov 2020
Family Judge suggests non-court dispute resolution as solution to overburdened Family Courts - Sep 2020
Easing the Covid-19 burden with children arbitration - Sep 2020
How can I resolve my case quickly and remotely? When Arbitration is the answer - Jun 2020
1COR’s Family Law Forum begins by looking at the ‘new normal’ for family law practitioners - May 2020
Pupils Anogika Souresh and Hope Spalding undertake advocacy training for Children Arbitration - Apr 2020
Arbitration for relocation – the extension of the Children Arbitration Scheme - Apr 2020
What to do about children spending time with their separated parents during COVID-19 - Apr 2020
Resolve your disputes remotely and without relying on the Family Court during COVID-19 - Mar 2020
Celebrate National Pro Bono week with 1COR’s arbitration team - Nov 2019
Julie Stather speaks to delegates at Sussex Dispute Resolution Day about Child Arbitration - Jun 2019
An endorsement for arbitration from Mr Justice Moor in CM v CM - Mar 2019
Julie Stather appears in a secure accommodation case at the Royal Courts of Justice in London - Mar 2019
1COR speak at the annual Thames Valley Family Lawyer’s Society Seminar - Mar 2019
Children Arbitration: A guide for solicitors - Mar 2019
Julie Stather considers the future of arbitration in family proceedings on Family Law Week - Feb 2019
Enhancing the rights of grandchildren to see their grandparents - Jun 2018
Chambers are delighted to welcome Julie Stather and Rebecca Davies as new tenants - Jan 2018