After graduating with a Law degree from The University of Sheffield and completing her Law Society Finals in Chester, Julian returned to her home county of Cumbria to begin her legal career.
“At the time of applying for jobs, I wasn’t going to come back to Cumbria,” she said. “I wanted to go to Newcastle, a big city, after living in cities - but I got cold feet when I was applying for jobs because of the low salaries they paid.
“I was offered a job at a large firm in Newcastle and one at Cartmell Shepherd, and opted for the role at Cartmell Shepherd as I liked them and I could see they were a good reputable firm.
“I lived at home for six months and then got a flat in Carlisle. I loved the job and was given really good, thorough training by people who were real experts. It’s always been a great place to work.”
Over the years, Julian developed professional networks with other young lawyers and professionals and grew her promising career with the support of Cartmell Shepherd.
“I was the only trainee in Carlisle in my year,” she said. “However, the following year, there were three or four of us, our circle grew. I’ve been really pleased I made the decision to come to Cartmell Shepherd and never regretted the decision as I really enjoy the job.
“At that time, there was a lot of chauvinism in law, but at Cartmell Shepherd there was a woman partner and another female assistant solicitor. The firm has always been very forward thinking and very open and welcoming to women here.
“There have been no barriers in my career progression. In fact, the majority of our Directors are now female which bucks the national trend.
“Cartmell Shepherd gave me flexibility when I started a family and they were very accommodating. I’ve stayed with the firm over the years as I got a great legal education and I started my career at the best firm in Cumbria and the North West.
“We are a friendly family orientated firm and our employees’ wellbeing is very important to us. You don’t always get that level of personal support and development in larger national firms.
“My workload is just as varied and complicated and interesting as anywhere else and I’d have been moving to step down if I had left Cartmell Shepherd.”
Julian now heads up the Family Law team and finds it very rewarding to help her clients through challenging times in their lives. She is a nationally recognised expert in family law.
“I work with people at an emotional and complicated time of their lives and it’s rewarding to form a relationship with people and see them moving on,” she said. “When their future feels so uncertain, it’s my role to advise them clearly, explain their options to them and steer them towards what’s likely to be the best option, taking into account the law.