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Julia trained to be a Registered General Nurse and worked as a nurse for eight years before opting for a career change. Julia read law at the University of Plymouth and attained a 2:1 Honours Degree in 1993. She then completed her Diploma in Legal Practice at Nottingham Law School and undertook a two year training contract at a large legal aid practice in Devon. Julia qualified as a solicitor in 1996 and was offered a position as a family solicitor in Devon where she remained until 1997 when she moved to Worcester to be with her new husband.


In 2003 Julia’s own marriage broke down and she was divorced. Having experienced the divorce process personally, Julia gained a much better insight into the emotional impact that divorce and relationship breakdown can make on people’s lives. She encourages all her clients to adopt a constructive and positive approach to moving forward with their lives.


Julia worked as a family solicitor in Bromsgrove for over six years and was made a partner. She then practised as a solicitor in Worcestershire and the West Midlands. She has specialised exclusively in family law since qualifying and is also a trained Collaborative Lawyer.


In 2008 Julia established her own firm, Julia Tolson Family Solicitor in Stourbridge. In 2013 the firm became a limited company, Tolson Family Law Ltd which continues to be a small, yet successful family law practice.


Julia is a keen gardener and enjoys cooking and cycling. Julia is a dog lover and owns a whippet called Belle.

Our Team

Julia Tolson LLB (Hons)

Joanne joined the legal profession in 2006 working as a Legal Secretary and Cashier in a local law firm. In January 2009 Joanne joined Julia in her new venture.


Joanne currently works as a Legal Assistant and Cashier. Her role includes assisting with client cases, handling new enquiries and billing procedures. Joanne is also responsible for preparing and maintaining the business accounts and also handling the day to day running of the business.


In 2003 Joanne completed her Advanced Diploma for Medical Secretaries with AMSPAR. In November 2010 Joanne qualified as a Legal Cashier and has been a member of the Institute of Legal Finance and Management (ILFM) since then. In 2013 Joanne qualified as a Family Law Paralegal.


Joanne enjoys keeping fit and reading. She also has a Pug x Shih Tzu called Oscar who she enjoys walking with in the local countryside.

Joanne Rathbone ILFM (Dip)

Julia Tolson Joanne Rathbone