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This is shockingly sad news. I first encountered Julie in Bristol Magistrates Court in 1988. She was very impressive back then. Over the years subsequently we encountered each other from time to time and she was always strong and clear in representing her clients but also courteous and respectful. When she became a DDJ, I was before her for the first time and I recall that after I had delivered a closing argument she told me, almost sympathetically, that I had saved my best argument to last and by the time I had got there I was pretty much sunk. I never forgot the lesson I learned that day. She was without doubt a stellar example of how we lawyers should conduct ourselves. She was a great asset to the judiciary and is now a great loss to the legal profession and all those who knew her however slightly. My heart goes out to her family a close friends.

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