Julie Sparrow

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Julie Sparrow


Julie is a children law expert with nearly 3 decades of experience.  She regularly appears in the High Court undertaking difficult fact-finding and complex welfare hearings. Julie has an excellent reputation for preparation, advocacy and client care. She is ranked in Chambers Bar UK; she is an approved pupil supervisor and qualified mediator. Julie has practised in New Zealand where she qualified as a Barrister and Solicitor. Although always keen to find a resolution, Julie is almost certainly related to Muhammad Ali.

Public Law Care and Adoption

Julie has vast experience in complex and difficult public law cases and represents parents, guardians and local authorities. She has particular expertise in cases involving:

  • Causation of injury by accident, underlying medical condition or infliction;
  • Serious forms of physical abuse, including fractures, bruising and burns;
  • Honour based violence;
  • Fabricated and induced illness (FII);
  • Sexual abuse;
  • Forced marriage;
  • Child sexual exploitation (CSE);
  • Female Genital Mutilation (FGM);
  • Adoption;
  • Chronic neglect and drug and alcohol abuse;
  • Disclosure and public interest immunity (PII);
  • Human rights issues;
  • International children law;
  • The inherent jurisdiction of the High Court.


Notable and reported cases:

A County Council v M [2021] EWFC 35

Re D, C & M (Children) [2021] EWFC 12 (habitual residence)

Re AV (Expert Report) [2020] EWCA Civ 346 (traumatic death of siblings)

Re C (A Child) [2016] EWFC B1110 (inflicted injury)

Re Y (A Child) [2016] EWFC 30 (radicalisation and terrorism)

Re Y (Children) [2014] EWCA Civ 1287 (permanent removal from jurisdiction)


LLM International Law (2007)
Bar Finals (1992)
LLB (Hons) Business Law (1991)

Appointments and Memberships

British Agencies for Fostering and Adoption

Family Law Bar Association


"She's a well-prepared and thorough advocate. She will advocate strongly for her client whilst remaining thoughtful and sympathetic to the situation they are facing." Chambers UK
Julie Sparrow has a specific strength in dealing with vulnerable clients. Her empathetic and humanistic approach enables clients to give their instructions without fear of judgement." Chambers UK