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Julie Burgess


Julie is a Director and also leads the Wills and Probate Department.  After graduating in Law from the University of Leicester Julie completed her Legal Practice Course at De Montfort University and following formal training qualified as a solicitor in 1996.    She joined Catteralls in 1999 and subsequently progressed through the firm to become a partner.

Julie is a well-known private client solicitor in the Yorkshire region.   She has an excellent reputation in her field. The types of cases she deals with include the following:

  • Drafting of Wills (including variation of previous wills) – both those which are relatively straight forward to those which involve a high degree of complexity.
  • Inheritance Tax planning.
  • Obtaining Grants of Probate and Letters of Administration and subsequently dealing with the administration of estates.
  • Advice in relation to the establishing of trusts and associated work.
  • Lasting Powers of Attorney
  • Court of Protection Applications
  • Acting as professional deputy and professional attorney.
  • Asset protection and care home fees advice.
  • Advice on the implications of gifting property and other assets.
  • Conducting property transactions during the administration of an estate or subsequent to asset protection advice.

Julie has an exemplary manner with clients.  She is friendly and approachable and can explain the most complex of matters in a simple way, which clients appreciate. In the earlier part of her career she also practised in Family Law and that background is helpful both from a legal point of view and also in terms of enabling correct and rounded advice to be given sensitively.

In addition to her case work, Julie plays a key part in the management of the firm.   She is particularly keen to ensure that Catteralls stays true to its values of being friendly and approachable towards clients and in providing quality legal services in an accessible way.    Julie is particularly passionate about staff welfare and in ensuring that everyone at the firm is motivated and happy.  She firmly believes that a happy work force results in happy and satisfied clients.

More of our team

Kumer Ali

Director - Property & Commercial Litigation Email Kumer

Danielle Knee

Associate Director - Company & Commercial Email Danielle

Rebecca Baker

Associate Director - Family Law Email Rebecca

Jenny Bowyer

Senior Conveyancer - Head of Residential Property Email Jenny

Marie Largent

Compliance Manager Email Marie

Kerry Ridley

Operations Manager Email Kerry

Vicky Mills

Wills & Probate Executive Email Vicky

Kirsty Heptinstall

Wills & Probate Executive Email Kirsty

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Rachel SteadRachel Stead
13:19 26 Nov 23
Can’t recommend Catteralls enough. Eleanor, Claire and her team have just helped us with a recent house sale. They were quick and efficient with responses. Even with me ringing and emailing plenty (very annoying) but nothing was too much for them. They did all things on our side promptly and kept us in the loop at all times. Will be recommending them and using again in future if needed.Thanks so much.Rachel and Harry.
Russ TebayRuss Tebay
17:20 04 Nov 23
Good service at a reasonable price
Andrew ElsbyAndrew Elsby
07:30 16 Oct 23
Personal touch. Well organised and knowledgeable.
Allison RobinsonAllison Robinson
13:53 02 Oct 23
We used Catterall's for the sale of a property and had excellent service throughout. Everything was done promptly, efficiently and accurately. We had experienced lots of errors with a previous firm and saw a marked contrast in the quality of service and professionalism from Catteralls. Danielle and Sue were knowledgable and helpful and were able to answer questions about the errors from the purchase of the property with a different firm so that we could move forwards quickly with the sale. Prices were reasonable and competitive but I would choose the firm again regardless of price because of the experience. It is the second time we have used the firm (previously for a different purchase) and I can highly recommend them.
08:59 17 Sep 23
My wife and I engaged Catteralls Solicitors conveyancing services to both sell our old house and to buy our new house. We can thoroughly recommend their services in this regard. In particular we would like to give excellent feedback to Ms Eleanor Parkin, our Conveyancing Executive at Catteralls, who dealt with us throughout the buying and selling process. Some aspects of that process became problematic but Eleanor went above and beyond that which was expected of her and ensured that any problems were resolved effectively and efficiently to ensure a smooth completion. Our engagement with her was always friendly and professional and we would be happy to recommend her professional services to others. Thank you, Eleanor!
Caroline WilsonCaroline Wilson
13:13 25 Jul 23
Thank you Catteralls for helping us with our recent house sale!! I will certainly recommend you to family and friends.Catteralls would be the first solicitor I came to if I needed any help in the future! Thanks again for everything. Fantastic communication, making a hard time in our lives that much easier. I can not fault a thing.☺️
22:51 17 Jun 23
I've used these for the sale of a rental property and my will and am also currently using them for a purchase of a residential property. Used them because my usual solicitors let me down. I can't comment on price because I didn't really shop around. A family member recommended them, and they've been good for me so far. Here, I've never felt like I haven't been able to speak to someone when I've needed to and they've always been on hand to explain anything I didn't understand. So far so good.
Kevin SlatteryKevin Slattery
09:53 08 Jun 23
Jenny and her team, saved the day after our sale and purchase almost fell through due to the poor performance of our previous solicitor. She was responsive, highly efficient and keep us informed throughout the whole process. We would only use Catteralls for any future conveyancing requirements. Many thanks Jenny, Sarah and the rest of the team!
14:24 09 Mar 23
Jess looked after my case. It was most helpful in that I was able to do everything via email, so all I had to do on the day was sign some paperwork, therefore only needing to make the one visit, which was perfect for me.Jess was efficient & organised and made the process a smooth one.Thanks Jess I appreciate all you did for me. 🙂
Aneka RandallAneka Randall
17:04 09 Dec 22
Paul and his team have worked on our sale and purchase. The team have all worked extremely hard, going above an beyond. Everyone in the chain has commented how efficient they have been. I will certainly recommend to family and friends and would be the first solicitor I came to if I needed any help in the future! Thanks again.
Jade NuttJade Nutt
20:07 02 Nov 22
Jenny and her team were brilliant with our house sale and purchase. They answered all our queries, made sure we understood everything and kept things moving along. We are very great full for your hard work! Thank you!