Julie Gowland > Birketts LLP > Norwich, England > Lawyer Profile

Birketts LLP

Work Department

Licensing, Transport




Julie joined Birketts in December 2013 and is a Partner and Head of Licensing within the Regulatory and Corporate 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.

Lawyer Rankings

East Anglia > Crime, fraud and licensing > General crime and fraud

(Next Generation Partners)

Julie GowlandBirketts LLP

The regulatory and corporate defence practice at Birketts LLP has an ‘open and friendly approach to what can be a very confusing area for most people‘ and clients note that the lawyers are ‘happy to explain any terminology or processes fully‘. From private crime matters and the defence of national motor groups and companies in the road transport sector to food law and health and safety matters, the firm is a key adviser on complex cases. Barristers Matthew Gowen and the ‘highly skilled’ Julie Gowland in Ipswich are the lead practitioners. Associate Rebecca Utton is ‘very understanding and accomodating‘.

East Anglia > Crime, fraud and licensing > Licensing

(Leading individuals)

Julie GowlandBirketts LLP

Birketts LLP handles the full spectrum of licensing and regulatory matters for clients in the leisure sector, including nightclubs, hotels, takeaway outlets, churches, public houses and concert promoters. Clients note that ‘the team is very knowledgeable, easily accessible and happy to help‘ and that the lawyers ‘speak in a down to earth manner and give sound and balanced advice‘. Barrister and head of licensing Julie Gowland in Norwich and fellow barrister Matthew Gowen in Ipswich are the key contacts. Gowland advised Borough Council of Kings Lynn & West Norfolk in a Crown court appeal in relation to breeding dogs without a licence.

East Anglia > Employment > Health and safety

(Next Generation Partners)

Julie GowlandBirketts LLP

Birketts LLP‘s team has extensive cross-industry experience in the defence of serious health and safety matters, including disasters and cases involving multiple fatalities. Many fee-earners in the regulatory and corporate defence practice have trained and worked as HSE inspectors. The team frequently handles disputes in the leisure and tourism, retail, aviation and construction industries. Ipswich-based Matthew Gowen leads the practice, assisted by June 2022-promoted partner Julie Gowland in Norwich and legal director Daniel Irving in Ipswich; all three are qualified barristers.