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Julia Cox lrg

Julia Cox

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Core Practice Area: Crime
LLB (HONS) - University of the West of England (2:1), Bar Vocational Course – University of the West of England (Very Competent)
  Criminal Bar Association, Western Circuit

Julia specialises predominantly in Criminal Law and has built a successful practice both prosecuting and defending in the Crown Court. Julia undertakes prosecution work on behalf of the CPS, the Department for Work and Pensions and the Probation Service. Julia is a Level 3 prosecutor on the CPS grading system.

 Julia has gained experience prosecuting and defending across a wide variety of cases including supplying drugs, sexual offences, violent offences and offences of dishonesty. 

Julia also practices Regulatory crime and is regularly instructed by Local Authorities. In particular, Julia undertakes cases involving the unauthorised use of trademarks and consumer protection offences.

Before joining Chambers, Julia worked for a regional firm of solicitors in the clinical negligence team. As a result, Julia has a particular interest in cases with a clinical background and those cases where there is an overlap between the two specialisms. Julia has a keen interest in those cases where there are issues of fitness to plead and/or stand trial.

Julia is currently the Devon and Cornwall Representative on the Western Circuit Committee.


Notable or Reported Cases

R v G – Plymouth Crown Court –  2010: Representing the Defendant at sentence for Possession with Intent to Supply Heroin. The Defendant was stopped entering Dartmoor Prison in possession of heroin which was to be supplied to a prisoner. Following a guilty plea at the first opportunity the Defendant received a Suspended Sentence Order.

R v B – Isleworth Crown Court – 2011: Defending an individual charge with unlawful wounding and communicating a bomb hoax. Involved reviewing whether the defendant was fit to plead and/or stand trial.

R v RJ - Plymouth Crown Court -  2012: Defending RJ, a young offender. RJ pleaded guilty to one charge of causing grievous bodily harm with intent, two charges of causing grievous bodily harm and one charge of attempted burglary. All of the offences taking place over a period of 9 months on separate occasions. RJ was sentenced in the Crown Court as a dangerous offender and received a sentence of detention for public protection with a minimum term of 5years imprisonment. The sentence was appealed. The Court of Appeal reduced the minimum term to 3years imprisonment.

R v K and P - Truro Crown Court - 2012: Junior Counsel in a historic sex case. The defendant was convicted of sexually assaulting young girls throughout the 1970s and up to 2009. A previous trial in 2005 led to a conviction of another man in relation to the offences from 1970. The case involved careful scrutiny of the previous trial papers and complex legal issues on joinder severance and bad character.

R v H - Exeter Crown Court - 2013: Successful defence of a young man charged with two incidents of exposure. Following a successful submission of no case to answer in relation to the first charge, the jury went on to acquit of the second.

R v D,J,W and J - Plymouth Crown Court - 2013: Prosecution of Conspiracy to Supply Drugs and Possession of Criminal Property.

R v D - Truro Crown Court - 2014: Prosecution of two offences of Voyeurism. The defendant claime that the videos taken were part of a photographic project he was undertaking and not for sexual gratification.

R v C - Plymouth Crown Court - 2014: Prosecution for offences of unauthorised use of trademarks and copyrights.

R v J - Plymouth Crown Court - 2014: Defence of a man charged with unlawful wounding. After submissions regarding causation the Prosecution accepted a guilty plea to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

R v P - Plymouth Crown Court - 2014: Defence of a male charged with Attempted Robbery and Robbery. Involved investigations as to whether the defendant was capable of forming the specific intent to commit Robbery.