Meet the Family Team with Julie Gallon
What is your role in the family team and how long have you been at Sintons?
I am a Senior Family Law Practitioner and have worked at Sintons for just over 6 years.
Tell us about your career to date
I began my career at Dickinson Dees (now Womble Bond Dickinson) where I remained for 18 years. I then moved with a former partner of Womble Bond Dickinson to her niche family law practice in Jesmond, Lowthian Gray.
What attracted you to Sintons?
I came to Sintons via a different route to most. As mentioned above, I worked at Lowthian Gray which was a small, niche family law practice from 2009. The firm merged with Sintons in 2013 and I have not looked back since.
It was an excellent move and by merging with such a highly respected, full-service law firm we were able to offer our clients a wider range of services and expertise.
What does your role involve?
I advise on all aspects of family law including cohabitation agreements, divorce and associated financial issues, matters relating to children and pre and post nuptial agreements.
What have been your personal highlights to date?
The team were recently awarded Family Law Team of the Year at the Northern Law Awards which is a brilliant achievement and recognition of all the hard work and dedication the team put in, for the benefit of our clients, each and every day.
The family team is one of the most highly rated in the North of England. What are the advantages of being part of it?
The team is regarded highly for its levels of expertise in a wide range of family related matters, with particular expertise in high value complex cases. We act for high net worth individuals across the whole UK, with our client base comprising high-profile sports people, public figures and professionals. The majority of our work comes from recommendation or referral, which speaks volumes about the quality of the service we provide, and I’m very proud to be part of this.
The team is hugely supportive and is headed by Steve Freeman, who is also the head of the wider personal and family team within the firm. We all work extremely well together and this enables us to provide a strong and outstanding service to our clients, utilising the various complementary skills and knowledge each member of the team brings.
Our absolute focus at Sintons is on our clients, and I am incredibly proud of this ethos.
How does Sintons differ from other firms you have worked in?
Sintons is a very exciting firm to work at. We announced our Strategy for Growth a couple of years ago and this has resulted in some fantastic new additions to our team and the firm overall. There is such a buzz about Sintons and many positive developments have taken place internally within the firm as well, which makes it such a fantastic culture to be part of.
To top it off, Sintons won law firm of the year at the 2019 Northern Law Awards, which was an amazing achievement for us all.
What are your interests outside of work?
I enjoy spending time with my husband, family and friends outside of work either relaxing, wining and dining or having fun days out.
I also enjoy cooking, reading and having as many holidays and weekends away as possible!