Few qualified barristers choose to lend their legal skills purely to the voluntary sector but animal-lover Julia de Cadenet LLB( Hons) LLM is one of them.
Julia de Cadenet is a dual-qualified lawyer who uses her skills in advocacy to lobby for those dogs and cats who find themselves part of the human food chain.
No stranger to pro bono work – in 2012 Julia was awarded the title of ‘Empire State Counsel’ by the New York Bar Association for her services in immigration – she has also worked extensively in Israel for the Bedouin communities lobbying for their land rights.
Like many qualified barristers Julia currently pursues a career outside of traditional advocacy in a court room environment. She is fully permitted by the General Council of the Bar to act as a charity’s trustee and as its in-house pro bono legal counsel. Barristers are of course particularly welcome in the third sector.
It has been of particular distress that the actor Peter Egan chose to tweet in September 2013, in a deliberately defamatory manner, that Ms de Cadenet had been disbarred to his 14,000 followers, or as he put it ”debarred”. This is and was untrue and created a falsely spurious impression – it has been harmful to the business of Ms de Cadenet, particularly since as a long standing member of Equity Julia routinely works with actors and film-makers speaking regularly at seminars to help actors to find their legal feet at home and overseas.
Julia is also an accredited ‘buyer of films’ at the Cannes Film Show.
Coping with the irrational obsession of the mother and daughter cyber bully team who have been running an 11 month -long hate campaign against the animal welfare charity Julia represents has not been easy. She believes, however, that it is a small and worthwhile price to pay if she can help raise the issue of the extreme cruelty the animals endure every day.
Once more formal requests have been made to remove defamatory tweets and false statements and it is hoped that these self-styled ‘Animal Buddies’ may finally comply…