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Julian Nelson

Position: Director
Offices: Viaduct House, Carlisle
Areas: Personal Law, Family Law

Julian has considerable experience in dealing with the breakdown of relationships and the issues which arise including divorce and dissolution of civil partnerships specialising in advising on the financial consequences.

About Julian

Julian has over 30 years invaluable experience as a family law practitioner. Julian is known for her constructive approach and sensible advice, she works hard for her clients and aims to achieve an early settlement, steering her clients through their divorce with dignity and respect.

Julian uses her negotiating skills to achieve the best outcome for her clients, she is acutely aware that in cases where there are children, her involvement will be for a short term but you are connected to your former partner through your children for a lifetime and the priority must therefore always be to provide advice and support to make a difficult situation better.

Julian acts for a wide range of clients including farming cases, business matters, professionals and pension cases.

Under Julian’s guidance Cartmell Shepherd appears in the Legal 500 as one of the highest ranking firms for family advice in Cumbria, Julian being a named individual in the rankings with her expertise in farming cases being recognised.

Quotes from Legal 500

“Response times are quick, the advice is sensible as well as sound, and value for money is good”. 

“Julian Nelson is a calm negotiator and tough when needed”. 

“Julian stands out for her exemplary professional insight which she couples with a welcoming and reassuring approach”. 


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"Julian explained everything to me and made me feel at ease. She told me all the options available to me. I could not fault any of the staff.  I could trust Julian with my life, lovely lady. Louise was a therapist as well as Julian's secretary and I can only thank her for that. I spoke to Angela who is also lovely.  Julian - very professional and wants the best for her clients. Thank you so much, very much appreciated. Thank you to Louise and Angela."

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Law firm invests in its staff with raft of promotions to key positions

April 21st 2021

A LEADING legal firm has recognised the achievements of its team by promoting several members of staff to key positions. Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors has made the appointments as part of its expansion plans which have continued throughout the pandemic. The 11 internal promotions include the appointment of Katherine Pretswell-Walker to…

When court action becomes necessary in divorce cases

January 27th 2020

Court action is generally considered to be a last resort in divorce cases. It’s much better to reach an amicable agreement over how you should divide the marital assets and reach a financial settlement. If that proves difficult, your solicitor is likely to suggest that you try mediation, arbitration or…

Key points to consider when negotiating your divorce settlement

March 27th 2019

By Julian Nelson Director and Head of Family Law One of the major tasks a couple face when they divorce is to decide on a fair financial settlement: how much should each partner get once their joint matrimonial assets are divided up? The courts will always try to ensure that…

Key points to consider about pre-nup agreements

February 1st 2019

By Julian Nelson, Director & Head of Family Law Pre-ups used to be associated mainly with the rich and famous, but they’re now being used by couples from all walks of life. They are particularly popular with people entering second marriages who want to safeguard their assets for their children…

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