Ms Julie Forsyth > Exchange Chambers > Liverpool, England > Barrister Profile

Exchange Chambers
L2 9XX

Work Department



An experienced advocate with a career spanning over 35 years, Julie is recognised as a true specialist in the family law sphere. Her practice covers all aspects of children law, including both public law and private law proceedings.

Up until 2009, Julie also maintained a criminal practice alongside her family work. She is a Category 4 Prosecutor and has defended and prosecuted (in equal measure) serious cases of murder, attempted murder, serious physical assaults, rape, kidnapping and physical and sexual abuse of children. Her experience at the criminal bar complements her established family practice.

Julie is regularly instructed to represent parents, adopters, relatives and children in cases involving:

  • Care Proceedings
  • Private Law Proceedings
  • PII Cases
  • Adoption
  • Special Guardianship work
  • Deprivation of Liberty
  • Relocation and abduction of children (both domestic and internationally)

Her cases often involve the most serious allegations of infant death, sexual abuse, factitious induced illness (FII), domestic violence and physical abuse of children. Many of these cases involve complex medical evidence and require difficult cross examination of a wide array of medical professionals, including paediatric neurologists, neurosurgeons, paediatric radiologists, ophthalmologists, paediatricians, haematologists, geneticists, pathologists , psychiatrists and psychologists.

Julie finds her work both rewarding and challenging. She is regarded as a tenacious cross examiner of all witness, whether lay or professional. Approachable and supportive, she is a popular choice with lay-clients due to her ‘down-to-earth’ nature. Many of these individuals have mental health difficulties and/or learning issues. Julie will always ensure that her clients are able to engage in and understand these highly traumatic and complicated matters.


Called 1983


Member of Gray’s Inn
Member of the Family Bar Association


LLB Liverpool University 1982
Inns of Court School of Law 1983


In her spare time Julie likes to try to keep fit with Pilates and HIIT, and is learning to play golf. She also enjoys cooking for family and friends.

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Family: children and domestic violence

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Julie Forsyth – Exchange Chambers ‘Julie is a fierce advocate with a pragmatic approach to public law cases. She is not afraid to give clients a realistic assessment of their case while always maintaining an excellent level of client care, and she is an excellent source of advice and knowledge on the most complex of cases.’