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Altrincham, Birmingham

Julia Norris

Work 0161 714 4520
FS Legal

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Julia is recognised as a Leader in the Field in Professional Negligence in the Chambers UK Guide and is a Recommended Lawyer in the Legal 500 UK Guide where she is noted as being 'first class' and 'very effective, energetic and knowledgeable’. Julia has also been shortlisted for Partner of the Year in the Law Society's Manchester Legal Awards.

Julia specialises in 'big ticket' litigation with a particular expertise in professional negligence claims of all types. Typically instructed on multi million pound matters, Julia's clients include high profile individuals, well known City figures, sports and media personalities and national corporations. She advises on a variety of general litigation matters as well as professional negligence claims and construction litigation.

Julia is particularly known for her experience in financial services litigation and was one of the first in her field to be instructed to advise on high profile and controversial film scheme tax partnerships including Eclipse 35.

Julia has also been involved in commercial construction contract disputes and is part of the specialist Construction Disputes Team at the firm. Julia has been interviewed and quoted in a number of general and specialist publications including the Telegraph, FT Adviser, Citywire, Money Marketing and IFA Online.

Julia was invited by Sir Eric Pickles to write a submission on her experience in the industry and best practice in the inaugural Law and Justice edition of the 2018 Parliamentary Review with forewords from Prime Minister Theresa May and President of the Law Society, Joe Egan.

Notable cases

Halsall v Champion Consulting Ltd [2017] EWHC 1079 (QB)

Represented the claimants in a £6M claim arising out of tax avoidance schemes. This widely reported case is believed to be one of the first claims of this type to reach the courts.

Anthony Barness and Otrs v Formation Group Pls & Otrs

Representing one of the 150 defendants in this multi million pound claim brought by over 260 separate claimants. The claims concern tax avoidance schemes, football agent disputes and allegations of fraudulent misrepresentation.

Representing the claimants in a £9M action arising out of EBT and EFURBs tax mitigations schemes in a claim against their tax advisers and accountants.

Represented a high profile claimant in a £22M claim against his former solicitors, a well known national firm, concerning the acquisition of a substantial shareholding of a UK PLC.

Representing the claimants in a £4M+ claim against a firm of solicitors in a loss of opportunity claim.

Represented 300+ claimants in a £3M+ claim against a firm of solicitors arising out of the promotion and sale of a land banking scheme involving four substantial land sites across the UK.


Trained at Wacks Caller; qualified 2006 at Pannone LLP. Opened Manchester office of FS Legal in 2014.

North West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the North West

Within: Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the North West

Boutique litigation firm FS Legal is ‘robust and uncompromising’ in its approach and houses ‘fearless and innovative litigators who really seem to go the extra mile for their clients’. It handles complex, high-value commercial litigation, is praised for its ‘extensive experience’ in professional negligence cases and is also active across complex contractual disputes, financial services, arbitration, adjudication and expert determination in commercial property development and planning cases, shareholder disputes, warranty claims, tax litigation and property litigation. The team is instructed by the claimants in a £6m claim against Champion Consulting and Champion Group of Companies relating to tax advice arising from tax mitigation schemes. Kit Sorrell is a ‘great tactician and inspires real confidence in his clients’ and heads the team with Julia Norris, who is ‘extremely hard working, very bright and unfazed’. Senior associate Mubarik Haider is ‘very responsive’.

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North West: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence

FS Legal  is a ‘leading firm in this geographical area for professional negligence relating to financial advice' The team has notable expertise in conducting proceedings on behalf of high-net-worth individuals and undertakings who have suffered losses arising out of negligent advice in connection with tax avoidance schemes. The ‘immensely experienced and thoroughly professional’ Kit Sorrell  is a ‘great tactician who knows how to plot the outcome of a case from the very outset’. Julia Norriscan command a lot of detail very quickly. She is extremely hardworking, very bright and unfazed by anything that is required of her. Together they make an ‘excellent and completely client-focused team. They can attract work that one would ordinarily expect to see large firms litigate on. They are fearless and innovative litigators who really seem to go that extra mile for their clients’. The claimant-focused professional negligence firm also has ‘high-quality assistants and junior staff who all provide creative and insightful advice’.

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