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Julie has over 20 years’ experience in professional services, firstly as a litigation lawyer and then for 12 years as a business coach working within international City Law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (now Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner). She coaches lawyers, patent attorneys and business professionals in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and her clients come from Magic Circle and other US and UK law firms, as well as from the Banking, Insurance, Technology and Charity sectors.
Julie often works with clients who are looking to progress their career, excel in a new role or develop a business plan to achieve sustained success in a market undergoing rapid change. Her approach is particularly effective in supporting high potential female talent and Julie has a strong track record of coaching women through to law firm partnership and other leadership positions. As a highly experienced Parental Leave coach, Julie works extensively with new parents on combining a thriving career with a fulfilling family life and she advises partners regularly on inclusive leadership and building agile, forward-looking teams.
In addition to her coaching work, Julie has considerable experience in the design and delivery of Development Centres and New Partner Induction programmes and she regularly facilitates workshops designed to help firms achieve their key strategic objectives.
- Business Coach and Consultant with Sherwood since 2018
- 12 years at Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP (now Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner) as an internal business coach and Learning and Development specialist
- Qualified as an executive coach through Oxford Brooks University in 2006, with Distinction
- 5 years at Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP as a Commercial Litigation solicitor
- Qualified as a solicitor
- M.A (Cantab.) Social and Political Sciences, Downing College, Cambridge
- English Speaking Union Scholar to Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass. USA
Julie understands my ambition to combine a highly successful and stimulating career in the City with being a great parent. Exploring how I am going to fulfil that ambition with Julie in a confidential setting has been valuable because she is insightful, objective and challenging. I can be open and honest, and I leave her sessions feeling empowered to make the most of my opportunities and to navigate the challenges that inevitably form part of any successful career path. I would highly recommend her as a coach, particularly for talented, ambitious women seeking promotion and progression.
Julie stands out because she truly understands the challenges and opportunities presented by a competitive legal market in which clients are demanding “more for less”. Julie is focused on results and implementation, which reflects the challenges we face as lawyers. She combines her commercial approach with a personal style that is warm, empathetic and pragmatic, helping to create the right platform for her clients to develop their own ideas for building their practice and their teams.