Julie Gowland
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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 April 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.

Julie is based in our Norwich office.

Outside of work she enjoys keeping fit and socialising with friends.

Having recently purchased a Chapel. Julie is currently renovating this to a family home.

Julie is recommended and named as a ‘Leading Individual’ and a ‘Rising Star’ by Legal 500 [UK 2022]. Clients in this edition say “We were incredibly impressed with the empathy and understanding shown by Julie Gowland, which gave us immense comfort in what was a very stressful time for my family. Julie went out of her way to spend time explaining our options in great depth and in simple terms, she was always accessible and willing to spend time with us – which really made her stand out from all the other firms we contacted”. Another adds “Julie Gowland was very approachable and realistic with the advice given”.

In the previous edition clients note “Julie Gowland was fantastic. She offered excellent guidance and was always at the end of the phone or email when the need arose. Competitors are not always as easy to get hold of and do not communicate quite as well. She let me know everything that was going on at each stage and what she was doing. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her or her team to anyone who needed help and assistance with their licence”. Another adds “Our group is new to operating public houses and restaurants, and the team at Birketts was very helpful in identifying the key issues we needed to be aware of. Julie Gowland was very prompt in dealing with any licensing matters which arose”.

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We were incredibly impressed with the empathy and understanding shown by Julie Gowland…

Legal 500 [UK 2022]