Julia Clark has a wide-ranging practice including copyright, trade marks and passing off, breach of confidence and related commercial disputes in the media and entertainment field. She also has a strong commercial chancery practice, which includes insolvency, company law, partnership, landlord and tenant, and all aspects of trust and property law. She has extensive experience of personal and corporate insolvency law, and related areas. She is particularly well-equipped to advise in cases involving interrelated IP and commercial or chancery issues, for example, conflicts of laws, succession or the application of equitable principles in IP cases. Virtually all of her instructions involve contentious or litigious matters.
Julia has an undergraduate degree from Oxford University and a postgraduate degree (in Philosophy) from London University. She was called to the Bar in 1984 and has been in practice since 1986, following obtaining her tenancy at 5 New Square Chambers.
Julia has taught on the Postgraduate Certificate in IP Litigation course (Nottingham School of Law) since 2004, and on the ITMA Advanced Trade Mark Law and Practice Course (Queen Mary College, University of London).
Julia sits as a panel member on Bar Disciplinary Tribunals and Bar Disciplinary Appeal Tribunals. She is also a member of the Bar’s Pro Bono Unit. Julia is qualified to accept Public Access instructions.
In March 2008 Julia was appointed a Deputy Chancery Master of the High Court. She has a strong and practical knowledge of all aspects of civil procedure.
She was a contributing author to the following publications:
Copinger and Skone James on Copyright, 14th edition
Jackson & Powell: Professional Liability Precedents (Patent Agents and Trade Mark Attorneys Chapter)
Williams Mortimer & Sunnucks, Executors, Administrators & Probate, 19th edition and forthcoming 20th edition.
Wheeler v Ross  EWHC 2527 (Ch) Application under s.306 of the Companies Act 2006 for an order entitling a majority shareholder to call a general meeting of the company to remove the minority shareholder as a director.
Area of law: chancery/commercial
Fortune v Wiltshire County Council High Court proceedings  EWHC B33 (Ch) (culminating in 12 day trial) concerning the status of a lane in Wiltshire (whether a public vehicular highway) in which Julia appeared with Leading Counsel.
Area of law: property/highway law
Animatrix v O’Kelly  EWCA Civ 1415 Court of Appeal decision on principles applicable to grant of declaratory relief where there has been no hearing on the merits.
Area of law: media and entertainment
Cattermole v Prisk  1 FLR 693 Claim challenging lifetime gifts and a will on the grounds of lack of capacity and undue influence.
Area of law: probate
UEFA v Select Promotions (2004, unreported) Interim injunction application based on infringement of IP rights, inducing breach of contract and breach of statutory duty in respect of onward sale of football match tickets.
Area of law: media and entertainment
Pearce v Ove Arup  Ch 403 CA (for successful appellant)
Leading decision on whether English courts have jurisdiction in respect of copyright infringements outside the UK, but in countries which are parties to the Brussels/Lugano Conventions.
Areas of law: conflicts of law, intellectual property.
Directory & testimonial Quotes
These are examples of written comments from Julia’s clients:
“This case is now concluded and I would like to place on record my appreciation of the way in which Julia Clark dealt with the matter for me.”
“May I thank you again for all your help and wise counsel in relation to the case against [ ]. This was greatly appreciated.”
“I am very grateful for all your hard work this weekend and the positive outcome.”
“This is just a brief note to thank you for all your excellent work on the [ ] case. It was a very good result and we all much appreciated your help.”
Chancery Bar Association
IP Bar Association
Qualifications and Regulations
Julia is a self-employed, independent barrister whose practice is governed by the Code of Conduct of the Bar of England and Wales. She is registered with the Bar Standards Board of England and Wales (Bar Ref: 20041)
She has professional indemnity insurance provided by the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund (BMIF Ref: 2190/012). Please refer to the BMIF website
for full details of the world-wide cover provided, and the BMIF’s contact details.
Julia was Vice-Chair of Governors of a local primary school for ten years. Her other interests include theatre, walking, cycling and swimming, preferably in her home country New Zealand.