William JULIÉ is a bilingual English French Avocat specializing in:
– Criminal law / Extradition / White Collar crime
– INTERPOL / Red Notice / Crisis Management
– Human Rights
– Corporate Counsel and Arbitration
He was admitted to the Paris Bar in 2000 and established his own practice in 2002. His dual nationality and his fluency in English has enabled him to develop an extensive domestic and international network, generating a substantial body of work in Human Rights and international criminal law.
After his BA in international law and his MA in public law from the University of Paris-Sorbonne (Paris I), William specialized in criminal law and criminology, obtaining a doctoral certification (Doctorat d’Etudes Approfondies) in European criminal justice policy, directed by Professor Myriam Delmas Marty, also at the University of Paris-Sorbonne.
As a young Avocat, he worked alongside Henri Leclerc (President of the French Human Rights League), Eric Plouvier (founder of Human Rights Certification) and Dominique Tricaud, specialized in high-profile UK & US extradition cases. The experience gained during these years strengthened William’s commitment to criminal defense and upholding human rights, both nationally and internationally.
Member of the International Bar Association (IBA)
Member of Criminal Lawyers Association (ADAP)
Chair of the Criminal Commission of the Corporate Firm Lawyers Association (ACE)
Member of the European Criminal Bar Association (ECBA)
Member of the Defence Extradition Lawyers Forum (DELF)
Member of the Franco-British Lawyers Society (FBLS)
William JULIÉ Avocats collaborates on a regular basis with an extended network of law firms in different countries. In the domain of art law the firm partners with BORGHESE ASSOCIÉS, Paris.
– Homicide, armed robbery, assault and battery…
– Organized crime: drug cases, human & arms trafficking, money laundering…
– Criminal labour law
– Criminal road traffic law
– Cyber crime
– Post sentence supervision
– Extradition to and from France (within and outside the EU)
– International prisoner transfers
– International and European judicial cooperation
– Interpol applications
– Applications to the Commission for the Control of Files: access / correction and deletion of data
– Submissions prior to publishing of alerts: interim measures
– Political analysis, human right’s review
– Strategic advice: public relation campaign, lobbying, and interacting with leading governmental investigating or intelligence services.
– Stock exchange law
– Misappropriation of public funds
– Tax and customs fraud
– Appeals to the ECHR
– Administrative and constitutional appeals related to civil liberties
– Rights of prisoners & refugees
– Law of war
– Anti-corruption and fraud prevention: internal investigations, expertise, compliance and vigilance, executive accompaniment
– Contracts (drafting and follow-up)
– Legal monitoring
– Negociated settlements
– Contentious proceedings
– Union & divorce, childcare, adoption
– International issues
– Disciplinary proceedings
– Career consultancy
William’s expertise was rapidly tuned, thanks to several politically sensitive cases he handled soon after establishing his own practice.
The first concerned the music industry and resulted, in 2002, in his participating in negotiations with Jacques Lang, the then Culture Minister in Lionel Jospin’s Government, to draft a bill prohibiting open-air electronic music gatherings.
Another was the historic Outreau pedophile ring trial in 2004 and the subsequent 2006 Parliamentary Enquiry into miscarriages of justice in the said case, before which William testified.
He was furthermore involved in several anti-terrorist cases in relation to ETA, Al Qaida, the Ultra Left, and more recently to the so-called Islamic State (domestic recruitment networks for djihad fighters). He also defends victims of terrorism, including the November 2015 Paris attacks.
In his daily practice William has for years handled a considerable volume of high profile crime cases, examples of which follow.
Between 2006 and 2008, subsequent to the Simon Price 35 million pound cocaine haul in the UK, he entirely nullified all proceedings regarding the seizure of properties in France.
In 2010 he obtained the transfer back to France and immediate release of Emmanuel Henning, sentenced in GB for a 54 million pound mobile phone carousel fraud.
In 2012, he represented one of the prime suspects in the Tobago Clipper case, an extended network importing South American cocaine (almost 4 tonnes), in which his client was acquitted.
Since 2013 he has also dealt with embezzlement cases related to works of art or excisable products such as alcohol and tobacco, especially in Northern France, Spain, Portugal and Switzerland.
More recently, he has advised sportsmen as to their transfers, disciplinary procedures and career orientations. He has also established quality contacts within the music and event management industries (Mixed Martial Arts, Rap and R&B Music, etc.).
In the political sphere, he has represented several civil servants in misappropriation of public funds cases, as well as town councillors in electoral disputes and controversy with the press (Puteaux Town Council). He also advised members of the diplomatic corps at the Syrian and Tunisian Embassies in Paris, as well as prominent persons close to the President of the Senegalese Republic and the City of Dakar Council. More recently, he has been involved in high profile cases in the Middle-East, specifically in Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Irak, Pakistan, South America, Hong Kong and Russia.
In Human Rights and Extradition matters, he handles cases in and outside the EU, including the USA, China, Africa, India and many other countries in the world. He has established successful and ongoing collaboration with various Human Rights and extradition lawyers worldwide.
Since 2017, he has set up a special group within the firm specialised in INTERPOL and Red Notice issues that focuses on all levels of legal action, including public relation and lobbying advice and interacting with leading governmental investigating or intelligence services.
Sophie MENEGON has been practising as a barrister at the Paris Bar since 2014, and as a legal advisor to the International Criminal Court since 2007.
She has a professional Masters Degree in International Law and International Administration from the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. For several years she participated actively in the work of the Legal Commission of Amnesty International France, particularly regarding the extension of the mandate of the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda (ICTR) and Ex-Yugoslavia (ICTY), and the setting up of training sessions in International Public and Criminal Law.
Since 2007 she has been a member of Mr Katanga’s defense team.
In Paris she works mainly on cases of general criminal law, white collar crime and press law.
She is a member of the Committee of Legal Advisors to the International Criminal Court Bar Association and of Avocats Sans Frontières.
Ms MENEGON works daily in French, English and Spanish.
Yousra BENREJEB has been a practising barrister at the Paris Bar since 2015.
She has a Masters Degree in Criminal Law and in Private Law, as well as a Diploma in Bodily Injury from the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne.
Ms Benrejeb is a member of the legal firm Cabinet Borghese Associés, specialized in art law.
She also works as an advisor on cases relating to bodily injury and the rights of victims.
Ms BENREJEB has dual French and Tunisian nationality and speaks French, English, Spanish and Arabic.
Claire ABELLO has been a practising barrister at the Paris Bar since 2009.
She has a Doctorate in Human Rights and Public Liberties from the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and has lengthy experience in criminal law, white collar law, labor law and public law.
Ms ABELLO works daily in French, English and Portuguese.
Maxime JULIÉ is a senior Real Estate professional with 20 years’ experience of European markets.
He has an in-depth knowledge of the Middle East and Eastern Europe.
He is currently President of TH Real Estate, France and has recently set up his own consultancy, Bristlecone Real Estate, which works with institutions and family offices (both large and small) to optimize their real-estate strategy and returns.
He has served as Acquisition and Fund Manager for GE, Archon (Goldman Sachs) and AXA IM – Real Assets. His tenures have in particular included sourcing, securing and executing a wide range of transactions for one of the world’s most sophisticated and high profile Middle-Eastern Sovereign Wealth Funds.
He is consultant on all issues regarding Real Estate and investment.
Mr JULIÉ is has dual French English citizenship and is completely bilingual.
Axelle LECOMTE has a Bachelors Degree in Law from University College Dublin (Ireland) as well as a Masters Degree in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law from the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas.
She is specialized in International Criminal Law and was a member of the winning team at the French session of the 27th edition of the Pictet Competition.
After having worked with legal advisors to the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights, she joined William JULIÉ Avocats, where she works on general criminal law cases and extradition procedures.
Ms LECOMTE works in both French and English.
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51, rue Ampère, 75017 PARISMétro Wagram (L3) / Pereire (L3, RER C)
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