Julia Baggs BA (Hons) Durham, Call 2008

Julia Baggs joined Chambers in 2009 after successful completion of her pupillage with James Sampson (now His Honour Judge Sampson). She specialises in criminal law and family law.

Julia is recognised as a capable advocate who is known for her approachable manner. She has extensive experience in dealing with extremely vulnerable adults who suffer from mental illness and with younger clients. Julia’s parallel practice in criminal and family law is invaluable in cases which demand a firm understanding of both jurisdictions.



Julia acts on behalf of the prosecution and defence in the Crown Court and Court of Appeal. 
She is an experienced Level 3 prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service.  

Julia’s practice covers a wide range of criminal offences including homicide, rape and serious sexual offences, arson, serious violence, drugs and dishonesty including armed robbery.  She has extensive experience of dealing with matters involving children and vulnerable witnesses. She also has experience of dealing with expert evidence including drug analysis, and complex medical evidence.  She has prosecuted and defended in multi handed cases including aggravated burglary and conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

Julia has been led in several complex cases of historic child sexual abuse in which she dealt with large amounts of social services material including material from public law family proceedings.  Julia was responsible for third party disclosure and public interest immunity applications.

Notable cases:

R v C (2020) led junior prosecuting in a murder. The defendant was convicted.

R v C (2019) successfully defended allegations of serious sexual abuse of a child including assault by penetration.

R v K (2017, 2018)  defending, rape of a child under 13. The prosecution offered no evidence after two juries failed to reach verdicts.

R v L (2017) successfully defended, grievous bodily harm with intent (ear biting).

R v R (2017) prosecuting, child abduction. Removal of child from jurisdiction to a non-Hague Convention country whilst there was an ongoing enquiry by the Local Authority into the welfare of the child.

R v S (2014) led junior defending. The defendant was acquitted of historic sexual abuse of female relatives including children.

R v C (2013) defending in a multi handed large scale conspiracy to supply Class A heroin.



Julia receives instructions in all areas of public and private family law and financial remedy cases.

Julia acts on behalf of local authorities, parents, children and family members in public law proceedings.  She is regularly instructed in cases with allegations of sexual abuse, violence, non-accidental injury, neglect and substance misuse.  Julia has been led in cases involving allegations of sexual abuse against children and non-accidental injures including brain injuries.  She is adept at marshalling large volumes of medical evidence and has experience of cases in which the expert evidence is conflicting.  Julia has dealt with contested adoption cases, and cases involving an international element.  She regularly advises Local Authorities in relation to disclosure into the criminal courts including redaction of social care records.

In private law proceedings, Julia is instructed on behalf of parents, children and extended family members in the full range of applications. These include difficult cases of implacable hostility, shared care arrangements, internal and external relocation, special guardianship and fact-finding hearings regarding domestic violence and sexual abuse.

Julia advises on quantum and appears in the County Court in financial remedy cases at all stages of proceedings.  Julia has experience of arbitration hearings as an alternative form of dispute resolution.

Notable cases:

Re A (2020-2021) – leading junior. Representing an adult intervenor alleged to have perpetrated sexual abuse when he was a child.

Re L (2019) – represented the children, where the LA sought findings relating to burns.

Re S (2018) – represented the LA where findings were made about a baby being placed at risk of death.

Re G (2017) – represented a mother accused of deliberately biting her young child’s face.

Re Z (2017) – represented a mother in protracted private law case involving increasingly serious allegations of sexual abuse of the child by mother and maternal relatives.  Findings were made against the father regarding malicious allegations.

Re A (2016) – represented a father in private law case in which he was alleged to have raped the mother.  No findings made against.

Re G (2016) – led junior, representing the children. Allegations of sexual and physical abuse of multiple children by step-father.

Re H (2015) – led junior. Allegations of non-accidental injuries including subdural haemorrhages with conflicting medical evidence.


• Durham University - BA (Hons) 2:1
• Inns Court School of Law - Bar Vocational Course - Very Competent
• College of Law - Graduate Diploma in Law - Commendation
• Inner Temple BVC Major Scholarship - 2006
• Inner Temple GDL Exhibition Scholarship - 2005
• Education and Training Officer in Chambers (2011-present)
• Mini pupillage co-ordinator (2016-present)
• Pupil supervisor (2019-present)
• Chambers secretary (2019-present)


North Eastern Circuit
Criminal Bar Association
Family Law Bar Association


Julia has provided training to local authority family lawyers, focusing on the evidential and procedural interaction between the criminal and family courts.  Julia has contributed to seminars for local barristers and solicitors provided by Chambers.  Julia regularly speaks to students at local schools and colleges and about routes into the profession and a career at the bar.  She has provided advocacy workshops at Hull University.