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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), Middle Temple Scholar
 Criminal Bar Association, Western Circuit, Wales and Chester Circuit, Women in Criminal Law


'She has attracted praise for her work in relation to serious sexual offences and has been described as a real upcoming talent.' Leading Junior, Legal 500, 2021

"I cannot remember coming across such an unbelievably hardworking and organised junior. Her client skills and quick understanding of the issues of the case are impressive." "She has lovely presentation skills and she will argue a point with tenacity." Chambers UK, 2021

"Extremely competent, professional and impressive in her advocacy." Legal 500 2020 Leading Junior

Julia is an associate member of Devon Chambers with a successful criminal practise. Exclusively specialising in Criminal Law and has built a successful practice prosecuting and defending in the Crown Court. She is a Level 4 prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service and a member of the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences specialist panel.

Julia's thorough preparation and attention to detail has meant that she has been instructed in complex cases involving drug trafficking, fraud, money laundering, serious violence and sexual offences.

Prior to joining Chambers, Julia worked for a firm of solicitors in the clinical negligence team dealing with cases involving brain injuries sustained at birth. Her experiences within this department have honed her abilities to deal with vulnerable individuals, assisting them through the trial process, whilst ensuring that the significant points are dealt with thoroughly. Julia has recently undertaken the vulnerable witness training and training in cases involving serious sexual offences.

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

Julia has a keen interest in cases where there are issues of fitness to plead/or stand trial as well as cases involving medical evidence or clinical investigations.

Julia is the Devon and Cornwall Representative on the Western Circuit and is Chambers' Pupillage Co-ordinator. She presents seminars on behalf of Chambers for solicitors and other agencies including support workers and experts on the approach taken in the criminal courts to those who fall under the auspices of the Mental Capacity Act. 

Notable or Reported Cases

General Crime

R v G (2019) – Defence of a youth charged with possession with intent to supply cocaine. It was successfully argued that the youth was being exploited and was a victim of modern slavery as defined in the Modern Slavery Act 2015. As a result, the prosecution offered no evidence.

Operation Fardel (Series 4) (2019) – Prosecution counsel in a two-handed defendant money laundering case resulting from ‘phishing’ fraud. The overall fraud totaled in excess of £2million. The case involved £450,000 being laundered through the defendants’ bank accounts.

R v S (2019) – Defence of a young man accused of sexual offences against two complainants under the age of 16. Successful defence opposition to an application to amend the indictment where there had a substantial alteration in the nature of the allegations after a delay of 4 years between complaint and trial.

R v B (2019) – Defence of a business partner accused of running a fraudulent business.

R v Q (2018) – Successful defence of a man charged with historic sexual offences against a family member. The trial involved complex issues as to admissibility of bad character where the offences for which he was previously convicted were still denied.

R v H (2018) – Successful defence of a man with learning difficulties charged with sexual offences against a child. At trial both the complainant and the defendant required intermediaries to assist them in giving evidence. The case involved sensitive and carefully constructed cross-examination of the complainant and examination in chief of the defendant to ensure that they were able to fully understand the questions being put to them.

R v M (2018) - Defence of a young man charged with serious sexual offences against a child under the age of 13. The trial involved questioning the complainant with the assistance of an intermediary.

R v C (2018) - Defence of a man charged with armed robbery in a home. It was successfully argued that the prosecution could not rely upon the complainant’s evidence, in her absence, as hearsay. It was the only evidence available of whether the robbery took place as alleged by the prosecution. As a result of the successful argument, the prosecution offered no evidence.

Operation Fardel (Series 5) (2017) - Prosecution junior in a multi-handed money laundering case resulting from ‘phishing’ fraud to the value of £3million. The case involved £1.3million being processed through the defendants’ bank accounts and through the Post Office where two of the defendants worked where funds were converted into foreign currency.

R v K (2017) - Defence junior in a case involving multi-complainant historic sexual offences against children, including offences of rape of individuals under the age of 13.

R v L (2017) - Defence of a female charged with indecency with a child and child cruelty together with a male relative. The relative was also charged with further counts of child cruelty. The defendant was acquitted after a 10-day trial.

R v B (2016) - Defence in a multi-handed multi-million pound conspiracy to supply heroin The trial lasted 3 months and required detailed analysis of mobile telephone data. The conspiracy involved a total of 27 defendants from Liverpool, Scotland, South Wales, Devon and Cornwall.

R v P – (2015) - 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.

R v K and P (2012) - Defence junior in a multi-complainant 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 RJ (2011) - Defending RJ, a youth. 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 appeal was successful; the Court of Appeal reduced the minimum term to 3 years imprisonment.

R v G (2009) - 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.

Regulatory Crime

R v C,S and R - Plymouth Crown Court: Prosecution for offences of unauthorised use of trademarks. The case involved a Newton Hearing as to the sums received by the defendants and subsequent contested proceeds of crime act proceedings. The proceeds of crime act proceedings involved detailed consideration of the law surrounding "piercing the corporate veil".

R v M - Plymouth Crown Court: Prosecution for offences of unauthorised use of trademark and copyrights.

R v CT - Exeter Magistrates Court: Prosecution of a Chinese Takeaway for offences under the Food Hygiene Regulations on behalf of a Local Authority.