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Julian Godfray

Baker & McKenzie Services Limited


Julian Godfray is a senior associate in Baker McKenzie's Competition, Trade and Foreign Investment Department in London. Julian works in particular in the Firm's market-leading International Trade and Compliance & Investigations practices. Julian joined the Firm as a trainee in September 2014, and qualified in September 2016. Julian has been seconded to two FTSE 100 clients during his time at the Firm, including in the ethics and compliance team of one client. Julian has also completed secondments to the Firm's European and Competition Law Practice in Brussels in 2016, and more recently to the Firm's Madrid office in 2020, working as part of the Firm's trade compliance practice in Spain.

Practice Focus

Julian's practice focuses on advising clients on compliance obligations and managing internal and external investigations in relation to anti-bribery and corruption, financial sanctions, export controls and competition laws. Julian has significant experience in advising clients on engagement with UK and EU authorities, including the Serious Fraud Office, the National Crime Agency, the UK Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation, the European Commission and the Competition and Markets Authority. Julian also advises clients on a wide range of compliance issues, including conducting compliance risk assessments and audits.

Julian has contributed to a number of client alerts and publications in relation to bribery and corruption and trade compliance matters, and Julian regularly presents on these matters as part of the Firm's conferences and webinars.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Representing a FTSE 100 company on the investigation and self-report of bribery-related matters before authorities in the US and UK, relating to conduct in a number of high-risk jurisdictions.
  • Advising a FTSE 250 company in connection with an investigation into potential bribery and corruption-related conduct in the APAC region, and related anti-money laundering issues.
  • Advising a number of financial institutions on sanctions and export controls compliance matters, including advising a major UK bank on asset freeze and reporting obligations relating to dealings with an EU Designated Person based in Russia.
  • Advising senior executives of a leading financial institution on an FCA investigation in relation to potential sanctions and regulatory breaches.
  • Advising a number of technology and energy companies in relation to voluntary disclosures of sanctions and export control violations.


  • England & Wales~United Kingdom (2016)


  • King's College London (Postgraduate Diploma in EU Competition Law) (2019)
  • University of Law (Legal Practice Course - Distinction) (2014)
  • BPP University Law School (Graduate Diploma in Law - Distinction) (2013)
  • University of Edinburgh (MA in Spanish and English Literature - including Erasmus exchange at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) (2011)


  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

Previous Offices

  • Brussels
  • Madrid

Julian has also presented on trade and compliance matters at a number of Baker McKenzie's client conferences, and has also contributed a number of articles to Baker McKenzie’s Sanctions & Export Controls update blog.