Julian Young

Consultant Solicitor and Higher Court Advocate [Criminal Cases]

Julian Young graduated in 1974 with an LL.B. {Hons.} from the University of London and was admitted as a Solicitor in May 1977. To further his qualifications he studied towards an M.B.A. [Middx. Business School] and graduated in 1986 and is also an M.C.M.I.  He has held Higher Rights of Audience in Criminal Cases since January 1999

Julian has extensive experience in criminal cases at all levels; in private practice and as a full time prosecutor for the Post Office 1981-1987. In addition to this, he was also a part-time lecturer to Metropolitan Police at Hendon and he organises and participates in mock trials in Central London.

He currently specialises in preparing, advising upon and appearing as an advocate in Court Martial cases involving personnel of all three armed service, Army Board hearings, complex civilian criminal cases, and advising and advocacy in connection with appeals against both conviction and sentence.   He also has extensive experience in advocacy in parole hearings and disciplinary prison adjudications.

Most recently [April 2017] he appeared as Leading Advocate , with Judy Ramjeet, another Consultant Solicitor Advocate as Junior Advocate, in a Court Martial trial of manslaughter by gross negligence which concluded with a conviction of an RE sapper for negligent discharge of duty and a sentence of 9 months detention at the MTC in Colchester without dismissal from Service. 

In addition, Julian has substantial fraud defence experience including:

  • The defence of a solicitor in the Liverpool Garden City Festival fraud [commended by His Honour Judge Pickering]
  • The third defendant in the Palmer Timeshare fraud which lasted approximately 8 months
  • For a major defendant in Operation Ipoh [VAT fraud at Southwark Crown Court]; a Customs & Excise prosecution [commended by HHJ Goymer].

Julian’s experience covers extensive advocacy experience in all criminal courts, Magistrates’, Crown and Court of Appeal [Criminal Division]. He appeared as the advocate R v Hodgson [2009] EWCA Crim 490 for the Appellant whose conviction for murder was quashed after 27 years based upon DNA evidence, when he was commended by the Lord Chief Justice.  Reference to this case and his role was approved by the Supreme Court in R (on the application of Nunn) (Appellant) v Chief Constable of Suffolk Constabulary and another (Respondents) [2014] UKSC 37.

Julian’s work is not one-dimensional however, with his experience including civilian and military Police Station work as a duty solicitor, Magistrates’ and Youth Court attendances as a duty solicitor, preparation of cases, supervision of staff, selection of Counsel and experts as appropriate and preparing training programmes, he is a valuable asset.

Julian is the current President of West London Law Society [fourth time], a long-serving committee member of West London Law Society, member and former committee member of SAHCA, member of LCCSA, CLSA, former member of the Area and Regional [Vice Chairman] Committees of Legal Services Commission, member and committee member of the Association of Military Court Advocates and a former member of the GLMCA committee dealing with Bow Street Magistrates’ Court night court pilot scheme.

He was nominated and short-listed as 2010 Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year.

Outside his Criminal Law work, Julian has been a guest lecturer at the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford, London, Harvard, Boston, Maine, New England School of Law, a number of Hong Kong Universities, Fudan [Shanghai] University, and Hertfordshire, as well as numerous schools and colleges. He has extensive experience in dealing with media and frequently approached by the BBC, ITN, Channels 4 and 5, Sky News, The Times and other print, visual and radio media, and was a keynote speaker to APCI annual conference in 2013.

This year his books on Court Martial Practice and also on Crisis and Reputational Management are due to be published.  In his not very spare time, Julian has also written two novels which are in the process of being published.

His hobbies include photography, reading, bird watching, watching cricket and especially supporting Arsenal FC.