Julia Farrant

Julia is a specialist extradition and criminal practitioner who acts on behalf of both the Prosecution and Defence. She has a burgeoning healthcare/ regulatory practice and often appears for those facing fitness to practice proceedings in the Nursing and Midwifery Council and Health and Care Professions Council.


Julia’s notable criminal cases include:

R v Tarasov, Tarasov and Tarasov: Central Criminal Court; November- December 2015. Julia was led by Julia Smart for the first defendant in a complex manslaughter by flight.

R v Bala and Others: Canterbury Crown Court; October – December 2013. Julia was led by Sandip Patel QC in a nine-defendant immigration fraud trial. Their client was acquitted after a trial lasting 10 weeks.

R v Ho: Central Criminal Court; February 2013. Julia was led by Charles Sherrard QC in the trial of a young defendant charged with the murder of his brother and attempted murder of his parents.

Julia appears regularly for the defence in serious matters in the Crown Court. She is an experienced appellate advocate and has appeared before the Court of Appeal Criminal Division and the High Court in appeals by way of case stated.


Julia has a busy appellate extradition practice and often appears in extradition cases at Westminster Magistrates’ Court. After completing a challenging secondment in the Crown Prosecution Service Extradition Unit (Jan 2014- Feb 2015), Julia regularly receives instructions from both the CPS on behalf of the Requesting Judicial Authority/ Requesting State and the defence.

Julia has appeared in a number of reported cases in 2015 in her own right and has been led by Julian Knowles QC for four appellant Romanian Judicial Authorities in a joined appeal to the Divisional Court in November 2015. She is instructed in further proceedings before the Divisional Court in 2016.

Healthcare/ Regulatory Work

Julia appears regularly in regulatory proceedings, advising clients from an early stage and representing them before professional tribunals. She has acted for those facing misconduct and lack of competence charges and has ensured positive outcomes in a number of cases

Qualifications and Other Interests

2010: Bar Vocational Course (Outstanding), City Law School

2009: Graduate Diploma in Law (Distinction), City University

2008: MA (Hons) Modern Language (Double First), University of Cambridge, Girton College

Julia is actively involved with Pupils’ advocacy training in chambers and sits on the Pupillage Committee. She is Chambers’ Ambassador to the Bar Council.

Julia is fluent in French and German. She has combined her language skills with her interest in European extradition law on trips to the European Court of Human Rights and Council of Europe in Strasbourg (where she attended the ERA course on Improving Conditions related to Detention in November 2014) and to Eurojust in the Hague where she addressed a conference with representatives of the Romanian Ministry of Justice.

Julia enjoys travelling in her free time.

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