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The Family Law Week Blog is a companion site to Family Law Week. It complements the news, cases and articles published on Family Law Week with additional comment and coverage of the wider aspects of family law.

The Blog is edited by Jacqui Gilliatt, of 4 Brick Court and Lucy Reed, of St Johns Chambers.

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Judge Joanne Harris

I am so very sorry to be writing this blog post and sorry too if this is how you learn the sad news that Judge Joanne Harris has died. I wonder how much more she could have borne of a life in which she was cruelly robbed of three of her great pleasures (see this piece she wrote recently for the Guardian) and for that reason and that reason only I am thankful it is over. Along with a huge number of friends and family members, I will miss her greatly and think of her often and she will remain the centre of a network which she knitted together and nurtured. I am grateful to those who took care of her in life and through her illness so that she knew she was loved. She was a great friend to me particularly during our years of studying together for the CPE & Bar (which often involved lots of her 3 great pleasures - hours of heated legal debate (which she usually won, especially if it involved land law), a bottle of red wine & a slice or two of her piece de resistance - spanakopita pie!). She was kind, funny and sharp, qualities that made her a much respected and liked tribunal as well as friend. Her strength of character was sadly tested by a number of challenging life events and it was not found wanting. Despite this she managed always to have compassion for those who were not so capable. I take inspiration from her example. Life is short but it is for living. Don't waste a second and fill it with love.

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