5 Essex Court

Julie Ball

Call 2017

Julie joined chambers as a third-six pupil in October 2019 and has been acquiring experience across Chambers’ core practice areas, particularly police law. This supplements the broad experience she gained during her pupillage in public law, particularly judicial review and private law claims relying upon the Equality Act 2010 and the Human Rights Act 1998, media and information law, and employment and sports law.

Prior to pupillage, Julie worked in the Court of Appeal (Civil Division) as a lawyer managing the commercial chancery appeals with delegated powers and as a judicial assistant to the Rt. Hon. Lord Justice Burnett (as he then was) and the Rt. Hon. Lord Justice Gross. She also worked for two years as the judicial assistant to the Chief Justice of Ireland, the Hon. Mrs Justice Susan Denham, who presided over the Supreme Court of Ireland and the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division). As a judicial assistant, Julie wrote bench memoranda that detailed her analysis of the law and the submissions made in each case over which her assigned judge presided.

While completing her legal education in London, Julie volunteered as a claimant’s representative with the Free Representation Unit (FRU) and appeared in both the Employment Tribunal and the Employment Appeal Tribunal. She also volunteered as an assistant to the duty solicitor at Clerkenwell and Shoreditch County Court and as a legal advice and information officer for Liberty where she drafted advice on matters concerning human rights and civil liberties. 

Julie read law at Trinity College, Dublin and was awarded a Bachelor of Laws degree and a Master of Laws degree. She completed her professional legal education in London and obtained the grade of Outstanding on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC). Scholarships and prizes awarded to Julie include the Malcolm Wright Scholarship and the Certificate of Honour from the Hon. Society of the Middle Temple, the Phoenicia Scholarship from the Bar European Group (BEG), and a prize for winning the Middle Temple Young Barristers’ Association’s Advocacy Competition.