Solicitor and Managing Director
After studying Law at Cambridge University, I went on to train at a firm of solicitors in Suffolk and I qualified as a Solicitor in 2008. I was made a partner of the firm in 2012. I then started Julie McDonald Family Law in November 2013.
My clients tell me that I am friendly, approachable and that I explain complex issues carefully. I give efficient and cost effective advice in relation to the financial issues in relationship breakdowns, and I have a real understanding of how difficult such situations can be. I always aim to offer a sympathetic approach no matter what your personal circumstances are.
As a member of Resolution, I follow a Code of Practice in family law matters which means I always aim to resolve disputes in a non-confrontational way.
In my spare time, I enjoy playing and watching tennis. I am a regular visitor to the cinema and theatre and a member and supporter of local theatres in Cambridge, Norwich and Milton Keynes. In addition, I support and help raise funds for charities including The Theatres Trust, The Royal Theatrical Fund, Acting for Others and the Donmar Warehouse.
I also support and donate to St Nicholas Hospice in Bury St Edmunds and the Big Cat Sanctuary in Kent, both in honour of my late mother.
I have retained my links with my college and I am a former President of the Lucy Cavendish College Alumnae Association at Cambridge University.
Chartered Legal Executive
I started my legal career in 1988 working for a firm in South Essex. Initially I specialised in domestic abuse cases. I was involved in setting up one of the first multi-disciplinary groups to tackle the problems of domestic abuse. I also set up and ran a legal clinic in a women’s prison to assist women who were imprisoned for using violence against their abusers
I have 35 years’ experience of family law covering all areas from divorce, finances, especially high net worth cases involving complex and challenging issues such as family businesses, trusts and pensions, children’s cases, grandparents’ issues, pre and post nuptial agreements, civil partnerships and so on.
I was the press officer for Essex Resolution for many years and have given numerous interviews on radio and television. I have given family law update lectures to local citizen advice bureaus and also to the Grandparents Association.
I qualified as a collaborative lawyer in 2006 and enjoy the challenge of settling matters without the need for court proceedings. I am a member of Resolution and follow its code of conduct.
I believe I am open and approachable and believe the communication is the key to reaching settlement.
In 2022 I relocated to Norfolk and joined Julie McDonald Family law in January 2024.
In my spare time I enjoy gardening, growing vegetables and baking, all with more enthusiasm than skill. I enjoy spending time with my rescue dog and classic motorcycles.
After studying Law at the University of East Anglia, I started work in 2013 as a Legal Assistant at RAF Lakenheath assisting US airman with powers of attorney, notarising documents and I provided guidance on UK legal matters. I am therefore familiar with the United States Air Force (USAF) Military Law and practices.
I started at Julie McDonald Family Law in January 2016 as a Legal Secretary. In this role I performed secretarial and administrative duties as well as processing court forms, letters and documents. Now as a Legal Executive I assist Julie McDonald with a caseload of Divorce, Financial Remedy and private law Children Act cases and related family matters.
I am a member of Resolution and follow its Code of Conduct, to resolve disputes in a non-confrontational way.
I am always happy to assist with any client enquiries and I hope to do so in a timely and efficient manner. I have received positive feedback on my caring and sympathetic nature.
In my spare time, I enjoy going on countryside and beach walks with my two children and Miniature Schnauzer. I also enjoy watching Rugby and regularly support Cambridge Rugby Club.
After graduating with a Degree in Law from the University of Portsmouth in 2020, and obtaining the CILEx Fast Track Diploma, I worked for some months at a firm specializing in Conveyancing and Wills & Probate as an Office Junior. I then studied a further CILEx module in Family Law and now work as a Paralegal, with a view to qualifying as a CILEx Practitioner.
I joined Julie McDonald Family Law in February 2021 and am on hand to assist with a range of administrative and legal tasks whilst I undertake my training. Colleagues and clients have commented upon my ability to keep a cool head under pressure, and for my organized, professional, and approachable manner. I always aim to provide high quality client care, and I pride myself on a thoughtful and methodical way of working.
Outside of work I am a (semi!) experienced guitarist, and regularly work on writing and recording music. I enjoy attending concerts, in particular bands such as Iron Maiden, Bring Me The Horizon, and Metallica, and going to festivals such as Download and Bloodstock. I am also a keen gym user and amateur powerlifter.
I have experience of working within large and small law firms in and around Cambridge for the last 23 years, specialising in areas such as Residential and Commercial Conveyancing, Employment Law and also Wills, Tax and Probate.
I joined Julie McDonald Family Law back in September 2020 and carry out all manner of administrative and transcriptive duties as well as dealing with clients and other legal tasks.
I am a team player and will strive to achieve the best result for clients and my colleagues during my working hours. I have many skills, such as fast and accurate typing, I am methodical, have a good rapport with staff and clients alike and a great sense of humour. I am always keen to learn new skills and procedures and happy to help where I can.
Outside of work I enjoy taking my sons to their sporting activities, and have raised considerable sums fund raising for my son’s football team providing them with team bonding activities and trips, which I have also organised. I am a keen paper cutting artist in my spare time and also love to read, watch horror films and period dramas and walk my puppy Ernie, who is a handful!
Before joining Julie McDonald Family Law in 2023, I worked in a property law firm for many years. Whilst working in property I obtained my law qualification from the Institute of Legal Executives.
In my role as receptionist/legal secretary I enjoy helping and assisting people and supporting my work colleagues.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with friends and family.