Julie Obiamiwe

Co-founding equity partner of Foster & Foster, a Legal Aid practice in Enfield, London, specialising in social welfare law and in particular debt, housing, community care and welfare benefits.  Then from 1 April 2013 I, helped expand the firm setting up offices in Leyton, South Woodford, Tottenham and Cheshunt and specialising in housing and debt and community care after removal of welfare benefits from Legal Aid.  Since 1 September 2018 I have manged the firm’s Enfield and Leyton offices specialising in housing and debt, community care law and public law.  I am an SQM supervisor in housing and debt.

I did my first law degree in Nigeria, a second law degree from University of London and completed the Legal Practice Course at The University of Law.  I obtained a broad range of experience alongside completing my studies at University of London and then The University of Law as well as afterwards.  This included working at a number of leading legal aid and non-legal aid practices.  This made co-founding a legal aid practice at the earliest opportunity a natural next step once I qualified as a solicitor.

In addition to dealing with the day to day management of the practice, I have specialised in housing and debt as well as community care and public law.  I also specialised earlier in welfare benefits and debt.

In my current role I advise and represent primarily tenants, homeless applicants and mortgage borrowers in relation to housing issues including defending possession proceedings, disrepair, illegal eviction and homelessness and allocations. Throughout my career as a solicitor I have successfully represented tenants, homeless applicants, mortgage borrowers, community care service users and debtors in housing, debt and community care litigation and cases using legal aid.

My last reported case was Bokhari v Belgrave (Legal Action March 2018 Housing repairs: update) in which I successfully represented the Defendant tenant in possession proceeding with the claim for possession being struck out and inter alia general damages for disrepair awarded in excess of £20,000

I am an active member of the Housing Law Practitioners Association (HLPA).

I am a member of the Association of Women Solicitors.

I am a member of the Institute of Money Advisers (IMA).

I was invited to be one of the representatives for 2018/19 by The Parliamentary Review in order to share my best practice as a learning tool to individuals within the public and private sector.

In 2019 I was shortlisted for the 2019 Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards in the practice management category.

In my spare time I write a personal fitness and wellness blog called The YoYo Chronicles which encompasses a lot of activities that interest me such as keeping fit, healthy cooking, fashion, music photography/social media and gardening.

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