Cumbrian Lawyer’s Move To Baines Wilson Was ‘Too Good To Miss’

Business law firm Baines Wilson is helping a talented young Cumbrian lawyer to carve out a career as a commercial property specialist.

Julie-Anne Miller, 29, joined Baines Wilson in March.

New member of staff at Baines Wilson in Carlisle. Julie-Anne Miller joins as a commercial property solicitor – Photography: Harry Atkinson

Born and raised in Maryport, where she attended Netherhall School, she graduated with a first-class degree in law from the University of Cumbria.

She then completed a legal practice course at the University of Northumbria, studying part-time while working as a paralegal at a law firm in West Cumbria, qualifying as a solicitor in 2018.

Julie-Anne said: “I decided on law as a career when I was in the sixth form. I’ve always been academic. I wanted something that would stretch me and where I could continue to learn and develop.”

The move to Baines Wilson was prompted by a desire to specialise in commercial property transactions.

She said: “Commercial property work is complex and testing.

“When the position arose at Baines Wilson, it was too good to miss.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge and learning from the very experienced commercial property team. It’s a great opportunity for me.” 

Julie-Anne’s experience of property law and practice includes freehold and leasehold sales, purchases and mortgages, adverse possession, lease extensions, overage agreements, options to purchase and development work.

In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, walking in the Lake District and attending live music gigs, festivals and stand-up comedy.

Baines Wilson, which has offices in Carlisle and Lancaster, has a good track of recruiting and developing young talent from Cumbria and Lancashire.

Its commercial property department has an excellent reputation.

The 2023 edition of Legal 500 guide to UK law firms and lawyers ranks it in the top tier and names two Baines Wilson commercial property specialists – Duncan Harty and Sean Logue – among only three “leading individuals” in the field across the North.

To find out more about Baines Wilson’s services, check out the website – – or call 01228 552600 or 01524 548494.