Julie is a member of Thompsons’ employment rights team, based in the Bristol office. 

She provides employment advice and representation on matters including unfair dismissal, disability, race and sex discrimination, Transfers of Undertakings Regulations (TUPE), protective awards, redundancy and wages claims as well as county court claims.


Julie has been very successful in settling a number of high-value claims including more recently: 

  • A protective award which settled for £750,000 in benefits to 400 union members when their employer agreed to reinstate their terms and conditions on holiday entitlement and compensate them for any losses incurred
  • A claim for unfair redundancy and sex discrimination which settled with the member (who had very quickly secured alternative employment on more advantageous terms and had received an enhanced contractual redundancy payment) accepting the sum of £15,000 in full and final settlement.
  •  £14,000 for a member who had worked term time unaware that she was entitled to receive holiday pay. She was awarded £10,865 along with five years’ back payment of employer pension contributions which came to approximately £14,000 in total. 

She has also been involved in a number of cases that went to trial, most notably the case of: 

Thomas-James and others v Cornwall County Council and ors [2008] - The tribunal decided in this case, which dealt with fragmentation following a TUPE transfer, that there could not be a service provision change if it was not possible to identify where the Council's former activities had transferred from.


She regularly gives talks and lectures on employment law to clients and unions at events organised by Thompsons. 

Professional membership 

Julie is a member of the Industrial Law Society.


Following a 19-year career in the health service Julie obtained her law degree from Glamorgan University in 2003. 

She secured a training contract with a large insurance company in Bristol and qualified as a solicitor in 2006. Julie joined Thompsons as an employment rights solicitor in 2008.

Client quotes 

“The case was intricate and at times downright difficult with a stubborn employer. I would like to say that Julie’s work and knowledge on the issues have been first class and the advice and her work ethic on this matter second to none”. 

“As a Group, we felt that we had a justifiable Grievance, and were extremely pleased that Unison and Thompsons agreed, and took the case forward. Obviously, we were subsequently delighted with the outcome, and for this, we are extremely grateful for the part that Thompsons, and in particular, Julie Brodie, played in achieving a satisfactory settlement. I found that Julie was very efficient in grasping the issue, processing the paperwork, explaining the legal procedure in "layman's terms", and through ACAS, achieving the result that we were striving for. Once again, many thanks”.