Julia Cox

Year of call:2006
Expertise: Crime, Regulatory
Appointments:Level 4 prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service, Rape and Serious Sexual Offences
Memberships:Criminal Bar Association, Western Circuit, Wales and Chester Circuit, Women in Criminal Law
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Practice areas

  • Serious crime
  • Regulatory crime
  • Financial crime

What others say

‘She masters the details of her brief, which ensures her questioning is focused and forensic. She is a tenacious barrister who leaves no stone unturned.’

Legal 500 2024 Leading Juniors

‘A first-class junior. She is always prepared and knows every facet of the case. In court she is measure, to the point and can back her points up. Judges respect her.’

Legal 500 2023 Leading Juniors

‘Julia is an exceptional advocate whose meticulous preparation of every case never ceases to imbue confidence. Clients appreciate Julia’s clear advice and unyielding submissions made on their behalf.’

Legal 500 2021 Leading Juniors

She has attracted praise for her work in relation to serious sexual offences and has been described as a real upcoming talent’

Legal 500 2021 Leading Juniors

‘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’ 

Chambers 2021

‘She has lovely presentation skills and she will argue a point with tenacity’

Chambers 2021

Extremely competent, professional and impressive in her advocacy’

Legal 500 2020 Leading Juniors


Julia is an associate member of Devon Chambers with a successful criminal practice. She specialises exclusively 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 (CPS) 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, while 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 regulated by the Bar Standards Board.

Recent Cases

  • R v G (2019). Defence of a youth charged with possession with intent to supply cocaine. Defence of exploitation as defined in the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
  • 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 £2 million. 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.
  • R v B (2019). Defence of a business partner accused of running a fraudulent business.
  • R v Q (2018). 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). 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.
  • Operation Fardel (Series 5). (2017). Prosecution junior in a multi-handed money laundering case resulting from ‘phishing’ fraud to the value of £3 million. The case involved £1.3 million 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 C, S and R. 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. Prosecution for offences of unauthorised use of trademark and copyrights.
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