Julian Reed



Family Finance

He has a substantial financial provision practice dealing with businesses, farming disputes, companies and partnerships. He is regularly asked to advise and represent clients, particularly former cohabitees, on the existence and extent of beneficial interests in land whether under express, resulting or constructive trusts.

Julian’s family finance practice includes:

• Applications for financial provision of various financial worth ranging from cases requiring a needs based solution to those involving businesses, farms, companies and partnerships.
• Cohabitation disputes under the Trusts of Lands and Trusts of Land Act 1996.
• Applications pursuant to Schedule I of the Children Act 1989.
• Applications pursuant to the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.

He also has experience in both private and public law Children Act applications.

Notable cases include:

• Re P (Child) [1999] Court of Appeal – residence/contact
• Re B and others (care proceedings: disclosure)
• Re L (A Child) [2011] EWCA Civ 489 – contact / findings of fact

Inheritance, Wills and Probate

His practice includes contentious probate matters, acting for both claimants and defendants (including executors) in cases involving the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975. Administration of estates, including insolvent estates, also featured in this practice is dealing with the removal of awkward and recalcitrant Trustees and Executors. Claims concerning the validity of wills by reason of testator's incapacity, the effects of undue influence, or the satisfaction of formal requirements.

Notable cases include:

  • Drury v Rafique [2018] EWHC 1527 (Ch)
  • DPP v Dunlop [2004] EWHC 225 (Admin) Queen’s Bench Division - Case StatedTattersalls Ltd v Imirziadis [2007] Queen’s Bench Division – auction/contract
  • Walton v Kerguelen Investments Ltd [2008] EWLandRA 2008 0321
  • Reid-v-Rees [2010] Chancery Division, Undue Influence
  • Blass v Folan [2016] Chancery Division, Disposal of body
  • Wilson v Lassman [2017] EWHC 85 (Ch) 

Court of Protection

Julian regularly appears in the Court of Protection. He recently appeared in Re: RGB [2013] EWHC B23 (Court of Protection).

Julian has handled cases in Care Standards tribunals. The same includes Care Standards Appeal Tribunal Puretruce Health Care Ltd v National Assembly for Wales [2005] EWCST 544 (EA-W) (5 September 2006).  

He also has experience in both private and public law Children Act applications.



Year of call: 1991
Areas of specialism:
  • Court of Protection
  • Family Finance
  • Inheritance, Wills and Probate
  • Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence
  • Public Access and Direct Access
Professional associations:
  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Personal Injury Bar Association
Professional activities:
  • For many years, Julian has given lectures. He has lectured for the Law Society, ILEX, and the Confederation of Law Societies