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Birketts LLP

KINGFISHER HOUSE, 1 GILDERS WAY, NORWICH, NR3 1UB, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01603 232300
Fax:
Fax 01603 230533
DX:
5230 NORWICH
Email:
Web:
www.birkets.co.uk

Julie Gowland

Tel:
Work 01603 756413
Email:
Web:
www.birketts.co.uk
Birketts LLP

Work Department

Licensing, Transport

Position

Senior Associate

Career

Julie joined Birketts in December 2013 as an Associate Solicitor, and is Head of Licensing within the Corporate Criminal Defence Team.

Julie was called to the Bar in 2002 and went on to qualify as a solicitor in 2006. Since then she has dealt with all aspects of criminal law in both the Magistrates and Crown Court as well as representing clients at the police station throughout the country. Julie has experience of dealing with Prosecutions from a number of regulatory bodies including the Health and Safety Executive, Environment Agency and Trading Standards amongst others.

In addition, Julie has vast experience of regulatory and licensing matters for clients in the leisure industry including new/variation premises license applications (including contested applications) Temporary Event Notices and personal licence applications. Julie’s friendly style and experience enable her to smooth the passage of premises licence applications including negotiations with responsible authorities and interested parties.


East Anglia: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud

Within: Next generation lawyers

Julie Gowland - Birketts LLP

Within: Crime: fraud

Birketts LLP is 'a very good firm indeed'. It is known for the strength of its advocacy, with barristers Laura Thomas and Matthew Gowen handling high-value cases of fraud, bribery act claims and internal investigations. Thomas, who leads the practice, is currently acting for financial services provider Price Bailey in confiscation proceedings arising from a £6.9m HMRC tax fraud by a large logistics company. Senior associate Simon Caltagirone, who is also working on that matter, is 'a first-class solicitor; he has tenacity and huge experience of criminal fraud cases, particularly bribery and competition cases, where he has a real expertise'. One client remarks that he is 'a huge asset to any legal team - he is extremely good with clients and takes the time and trouble to understand where they are coming from'. Senior associate and Proceeds of Crime Act specialist Julie Gowland is also recommended.

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Crime: general

Within: Crime: general

Birketts LLP¬†is ‚Äėvery efficient' and has strong advocacy skills in barristers¬†Laura Thomas,¬†who leads the practice, and¬†Matthew Gowen. Thomas defended a man accused of common assault and senior associate¬†Julie Gowland, who ‚Äėknows her stuff and is very personable and understanding', defended the same client in a breach of restraining order matter. Gowen and Gowland worked together on a complex case of harassment and perverting the course of justice.¬†Senior associate Philippa Dyer¬†and¬†criminal defence solicitor Joanna Kasprzyk¬†are 'competent, assured, well informed, realistic and open to dialogue'. Dyer's caseload included the defence of a complex claim of gross negligence manslaughter. Senior associate¬†Simon Caltagirone, who handles¬†financial crime and white collar investigations, is also recommended.

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Licensing

Within: Next generation lawyers

Julie Gowland - Birketts LLP

Within: Licensing

Senior associate Julie Gowland leads the licensing practice at Birketts LLP, which calls upon the experienced lawyers in the firm's corporate criminal defence department. Gowland is well-versed in applications for premises licences, including  contested matters, as well as temporary event notices and personal licence applications. She worked with solicitor Joanna Kasprzyk to handle a review hearing in the London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea for a client who ran a franchise of a well-known fast food chain. They also acted for an individual who objected to a premises licence variation application by a fine dining restaurant in Norwich who sought to increase the hours it could sell alcohol. They secured significant alterations to the licence application. Whitwell and Reepham Railway Preservation Society, Patisserie Valerie and Gastro Pubs Limited are among the firm's clients.

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East Anglia: Human resources

Health and safety

Within: Health and safety

Birketts LLP has 'an excellent team, professional but with personality, detailed but with clear advice and little jargon'. 'The response times were always excellent; their approach supportive and timely; their knowledge and business acumen is extremely thorough', remarks one client. Another sees the firm as 'on a par with some of the Silver Circle London firms'. Barristers Matthew Gowen (whose advice is 'always concise, to-the-point and relevant') and Laura Thomas 'provide excellent counsel and practicality; they are superb in court, very knowledgeable and give great commitment and support with candid and considered advice'. They defended a company facing prosecution for a quadruple fatality on a construction project. Senior associates Julie Gowland and Philippa Dyer advise both companies and individuals on HSE matters, and solicitor Joanna Kasprzyk is also recommended as 'an up-and-coming lawyer with attention to detail and frankness'. Consultant Frank Sykes, whose experience includes a stint as principal inspector at the HSE, is also recommended.

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