Julie Cornes -
Partner, Court of Protection (Capacity & Deprivation of Liberty)
T: 0345 357 9416
F: 0207 250 4949
Based in: London
Community Care and Health Law
Julie specialises in advising clients and enforcing their Community Care and Health law rights. Having qualified as a solicitor in 1999 after a career in the theatre in Paris, Julie became a Solicitor Advocate in 2005. Julie sits part time on the Asylum Support and Social Security Tribunals.
Prior to joining Maxwell Gillott (a former trading style of Simpson Millar LLP) in June 2010, Julie worked for a number of years at Bindman and Partners, where she specialised in Immigration and Asylum law. As a result of her increasing interest in representing disabled and elderly clients, she then joined Fisher Meredith LLP, where she developed a niche practice in this area.
With the reaffirmed commitment made by the coalition government to ensuring that all disabled and elderly people have access to an Individual Budget, to enable them to live as independently as possible in their own homes, Julie has developed a strong interest in advising people to assert their rights and obtain that to which they are legally entitled. Julie has successfully negotiated with local authorities and Primary care trusts on behalf of clients, to find creative solutions to difficult cases, often avoiding the need for lengthy and stressful litigation.
Julie has successfully represented clients and their families in appeals to obtain free personal care at home and in residential care. In a number of cases, she has secured significant financial payments for clients.
Quoted in Chambers and Partners 2017: Impressed sources appreciate that Julie Cornes "is extremely helpful - she has a clear and approachable style that makes her an effective communicator, particularly with vulnerable clients." She maintains her reputation as a top choice for clients in relation to health and welfare disputes in the Court of Protection, particularly in deprivation of liberty and best interests' cases.
Quoted in Chambers and Partners 2018 as follows: Julie Cornes specialises in Court of Protection work with an emphasis on community care and mental health matters. She regularly acts for elderly clients in disputes concerning residential care and deprivation of liberty. Sources note her "encyclopaedic knowledge" and also say: "She is really passionate – she represents her clients incredibly well and tirelessly in difficult cases."
Julie was recognised as a leading individual in the Legal 500 2016 UK editions for her work in the Court of Protection sector. Julie Cornes ‘works tirelessly on complex and demanding cases and is a very skilled and effective negotiator’.
Julie is recommended by the Legal 500 United Kingdom 2017 edition in the Court of Protection sector. Julie is 'very sensitive and astute’ with ‘a very good manner with vulnerable clients.’
Julie is regularly instructed by the Official Solicitor in relation to health and welfare disputes, in the Court of Protection. Julie’s most recently reported case is LD, KD & another v Havering  WTLR 69 (His Honour Judge Michael Horowitz QC, 19 October 2009). This report is highlighted in the Court of Protection 2009 Report as a key decision in the development of the jurisdiction of the Court of Protection under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
Julie advises national organisations and charities working on behalf of the elderly and disabled, such as “In Control” and “The National Centre of Independent Living”.
Julie speaks fluent French.