Julia Seary

Julia Seary

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Julia Seary


Julia is a corporate, commercial and charity lawyer who joined Roythornes in 2014, having spent her career working in industry as a General Counsel, leading legal teams for both a large international travel retail PLC and a privately owned financial services business.

Julia has expertise in dealing with a broad range of corporate and commercial issues, including drafting and negotiating complex contracts, assisting businesses in protecting their brand/intellectual property, advising in relation to large procurement and IT projects and licences, and advising in relation to franchise, distribution, agency, manufacturing and out-sourcing arrangements. Julia also has experience in transactional work, including joint venture, investment and shareholder arrangements.

Having sat on various Executive and Risk Management Boards as Legal Director, Julia also has experience in dealing with corporate governance/company secretarial issues and regulatory compliance. She has assisted companies in managing highly sensitive financial and reputational issues to resolution.

She leads the Charity team and advises charity trustees on charity structure, duties and responsibilities and assists in relation to transactional projects, providing guidance and support in relation to charity law and regulation.

Julia also advises businesses in relation to data protection and regulatory compliance in relation to the General Data Protection Regulation and Data Protection Act,  providing pragmatic advice to ensure compliance and assistance with updating documentation such as Privacy Policies and Agreements with Processors.

Recognised for her balanced and sensible approach in dealing with legal matters and, having spent many years working alongside clients within their organisations, Julia understands the business drivers and brings a particularly risk-based, pragmatic and problem-solving approach to the table. She is also known for being highly personable and approachable.

Julia's specialisms include:

  • Commercial agreements, including agency, distribution, manufacturing and franchising
  • Procurement, out-sourcing and consultancy arrangements
  • IP licencing and brand protection
  • IT development, hosting and software licensing
  • Data protection and privacy
  • Joint venture arrangements
  • Shareholder and investment agreements
  • Share option arrangements, including EMI schemes
  • Corporate governance and directors’ duties
  • Charities and charity law