Collas Crill associate Julie Harrigan has been named 'Junior Lawyer of the Year' by The Law Society of Jersey, chosen from a very strong list of candidates that showcased the bright future of Jersey's legal industry.
The awards take place every year and are announced at the prestigious Law Society of Jersey dinner. They recognise the contribution of young Island lawyers to the legal profession in Jersey in a number of criteria including within their own firm, within the local community and for innovation in the provision of legal services in Jersey.
Julie joined the firm nine years ago as a legal assistant and has day to day responsibility for the Jersey arm of the pan-island will and estates and private client services team.
She specialises in all aspects of succession law and advises on, and drafts, wills for local and non-local clients as well as HNW individuals. She also deals with the administration of deceased's estates for local and non-local clients and assists individuals with the probate process in Jersey.
In addition to her focus on succession law, Julie regularly advises on mental capacity issues, including Jersey curatorships and the registration of foreign powers of attorney/guardianship orders in Jersey. She also advises on and assists with the creation of tutelles for local clients.
Julie is regularly asked to give presentations to local institutions and the firm's key clients on Jersey succession law and her knowledge and profile externally to the firm is such that she was asked to be an adjunct for the Jersey Bar Succession paper, which all Jersey Advocates and Solicitors must undertake and pass in order to qualify, only two years after having successfully undertaken the course herself.
A highlight of Julie's career so far has included prompting the commissioning of a report into Jersey's succession laws surrounding the inability of a physically disabled person being able to sign a will in the Island. This report has been submitted to the legislative panel and, as a result, changes to Jersey's succession laws are due to follow.
This is the second time that a lawyer from Collas Crill has won this award with senior associate Simon Hurry receiving the accolade in 2015. He is now based in the firm's Cayman office.
Nuno Santos-Costa, managing partner of Collas Crill in Jersey, said: "Julie works incredibly hard and has taken her practice from strength to strength. She is a true asset to the firm and this award is a reflection of her expertise, dedication and client focus. We are all extremely proud of Julie and this award is thoroughly deserved."
Advocate Jonathan Speck, President of The Law Society of Jersey, said: “It is important that we encourage and support the junior members of our profession and recognise those who stand out.
"Having come up through the ranks of her firm before qualifying as a Jersey Solicitor two years ago, Julie has made a material impact in her practice area and, in particular, has been instrumental in bringing about changes to Jersey’s succession laws, having identified an important issue during the course of her client work. In addition, Julie is now sharing her knowledge in the field of succession as an adjunct professor on the Jersey Law Course.”