A solicitor-advocate described as a ‘long-term stalwart’ of the criminal defence community has died. The London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association, a practitioner group, announced on Sunday that ‘colleague, friend and member’ Julian Young had passed away.

‘He fought his recent diagnosis of leukaemia with characteristic determination. Julian will be remembered fondly as a long term stalwart of the London defence community,’ the association said in a tweet.

Young, who qualified in 1977, was a consultant solicitor at national firm Tuckers and four-time president of the West London Law Society. His extensive career includes prosecuting for the Post Office in the 1980s and representing a prisoner whose murder conviction was quashed after 27 years based on DNA evidence.

He was a member of the Solicitors Association of Higher Courts Advocates, LCCSA, Criminal Law Solicitors Association, former member of the area and regional committees of the Legal Services Commission, member and committee member of the Association of Military Court Advocates and a former member of the committee dealing with Bow Street Magistrates’ Court night court pilot scheme.

He was shortlisted for a legal aid lawyer of the year award in 2010.

Director of Public Prosecutions Max Hill QC tweeted that Young was the ‘first friendly face’ he saw when the Crown Prosecution Service chief made unannounced trips to several magistrates’ courts a few months ago.

 Young has regularly featured in the Gazette. In 2010, he explained why reform of the law relating to murder was long overdue. The following year he said defence lawyers should be praised for their efforts in dealing with the 2011 London riot cases. In 2012 he criticised the increasing number of initiatives from ministers and civil servants to rush cases through the lower courts at breakneck speed, stressing that ‘one must never sacrifice justice on the twin altars of speed and expediency’.

More recently, he spoke about remotely representing a suspect at a police station interview for the first time during lockdown as part of a feature on the criminal justice system.

Former LCCSA president Jonathan Black said Young had long called for a Royal commission on criminal justice. ‘We would joke about it being his mantra. Maybe progress will be his legacy,’ Black suggested.


You can read Julian Young's obituary here.


Julian's funeral will be taking place at 2.00 pm, Friday 20 August, at Waltham Abbey Cemetery, Upshire Hall, Honey Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 3QS.


Alternatively, you can join via Zoom:

Aug 20, 2021 02:15 PM London




Meeting ID: 712 334 6600

Passcode: 101010