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Miss Julia Winstone

Post:Associate Tutor (Law)
Other posts:Research student (Sociology, Law)
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  • PhD Researcher (ESRC Funded) 
  • MSc Social Research Methods (Distinction) - University of Sussex
  • LLM Criminal Law & Criminal Justice (Distinction) - University of Sussex
  • Law Society Finals - College of Law
  • Common Professional Examination - College of Law
  • PGCertHE: Part 1 (Distinction) - University of Sussex
  • Dip. Ed. (Distinction) - Institute of Education, University of London
  • PGCE - Brighton
  • BA (Hons) - University of Reading


  • Associate Fellow Higher Education Academy 2016
  • Solicitor (Currently Non-Practising)


  • PhD (ESRC Funded)           - University of Sussex
  • Draper LLM Scholarship      - University of Sussex
  • Major Postgraduate Award  - Bromley Education Authority


  • Associate Tutor Lecturer Sussex Law School 2015 to date
  • Solicitor: 8 years in legal practice at Kingsley Napley, specialising in Legal Aid Claimant Clinical Negligence Litigation & Inquests after qualifying as a Solicitor
  • I was the first Solicitor to be invited to spend a sabbatical at the Association Against Medical Accidents to advise on cases, which set a precedent
  • Volunteered at the Royal Courts of Justice Citizens Advice Bureau, advising Litigants in Person on a range of civil matters as a Solicitor
  • Paralegal at Allen & Overy & Freshfields while I was a Law Student
  • I qualified as a Teacher and taught in schools in London & the South-East of England before qualifying as a Solicitor. I obtained a PGCE in Brighton and a Dip.Ed (Distinction) at the Institute of Education, University  of London
  • I was responsible for the day to day running of the District Medical Ethics Committee and the Medical College Joint Research Board at St. Bartholomew's Hospital, City & Hackney Health Authority before qualifying as a Teacher

PhD Research

I am a Doctoral Researcher (ESRC funded) in Criminology here at the University of Sussex, researching this study: Understanding Restorative Justice with Children in Practice.

I decided to research the current practice of Restorative Justice in Youth Justice for my PhD when I was completing my LLM in Criminal Law & Criminal Justice here at the University of Sussex before following the 1 + 3 route to a PhD.

There is currently little research on when, why & for whom Restorative Justice works, despite there being a lot of positive feedback on it from people harmed, children & others who have been involved in Restorative Justice. For these reasons, I thought this would be an extremely interesting & highly topical research study.


I am an Associate Tutor Lecturer for Sussex Law School & an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I have enjoyed lecturing on LLB Criminology to third year Law students as well as teaching English Legal System & Tort to first year LLB students at Sussex. I have also taught Negotiation Skills here.

I have taught Archaeological Technical Site Planning skills to undergraduates at Reading University & mentored International Postgraduate Students at the Institute of Education in London.

Before training to teach in Universities, I qualified to teach & taught in schools in London & the South East of England.

PhD Ambassador

I also enjoy being a PhD Ambassador for the University of Sussex because this gives me an opportunity to speak to many current & prospective students here at Sussex.


Wall, J. (1987) "The role of daggers in Early Bronze Age Britain: The Evidence of Wear Analysis," in Oxford Journal of Archaeology, 1, pp. 115 -118. 

Conference Papers

Winstone, J. (2018) "21st Century Women Solicitors: Equal in Law but not in Practice in England & Wales: A Socio-Legal Approach to Equality in Law & Practice." Paper presented at the 'Towards Gender Equality: Clashes in Law' Conference, University of Sussex, 20 June 2018.

Winstone, J (2016) "Does the practice of Restorative Justice currently facilitate effective communication between children and victims in the Youth Justice System in England & Wales?" Paper presented at the Sussex Law School Crime Research Group PhD Conference 2016.

Seminar Papers

Winstone, J. (2018) "Reimagining Children's Rights in Restorative Justice." Seminar paper presented at the Sussex Centre for Human Rights Research, University of Sussex, 3 December 2018.

Winstone, J. (2018) "Understanding Restorative Justice Encounters in England & Wales: A Bourdierian Socio-Legal Approach: Reimagining Children's Rights in Restorative Justice." Seminar paper presented at the Sussex Centre for Human Rights Research, University of Sussex.

Winstone, J. (2017) "'They kept looking down at their boots': Understanding Restorative Justice Encounters." Seminar Paper presented at the Sussex Centre for Human Rights Research, University of Sussex, 2017.



Associate Tutor Lecturer (See Teaching Section)

Doctoral Researcher (ESRC Funded)

Title of PhD Thesis:-

Understanding Restorative Justice with Children in Practice

My PhD seeks to understand how Restorative Justice works with children in practice for crime from an institutional perspective, in one or more case study areas in England & Wales. This research uses a Socio-Legal approach to understand how the use of Restorative Justice works in practice & fits within the range of responses and disposals for youth crime.  

Restorative Justice aims to bring children and people harmed/victims into communication to enable everyone affected by a particular incident to play a part in repairing the harm and finding a positive way forward for everyone, diverting children away from the Youth Justice System (Restorative Justice Council 2019).

We do not know when, how and for whom Restorative Justice works, although there is a lot of positive feedback from people who have been involved in it. High levels of satisfaction have been recorded with Restorative Justice from people harmed/victims and consistently lower levels of re-offending have been shown compared with other approaches. Restorative Justice has been widely introduced in England & Wales as a result (Rossner 2013; Justice Committee 2013 & 2016).

This study aims to interview staff whose role includes some Restorative Justice element, who are willing to provide their professional perspectives on Restorative Justice Practice with children in their area, to help me answer this study’s research questions. I aim to trace the practice of Restorative Justice from children’s first contact with the Youth Justice System in Police investigations, by obtaining Police professional perspectives on the decisions children make in the Police station and how these can lead to an Out of Court or Court ordered Restorative Justice option and on Police practice of Restorative Justice with children. I also hope to obtain Youth Offending Service staff perspectives on the assessment of children for Restorative Justice, following children’s first contact with the Police and Youth Offending Services, as well as their perspectives on Restorative Justice with children throughout Restorative Justice Processes, including conferences.


Community and Business

I have volunteered with a Youth Justice Service since 2012, where I have trained as an Appropriate Adult, and a Restorative Justice trained Referral Order Community Panel Member.


I was a Finalist in Start Up Sussex in 2014 with Job Share


Qualifications from Sussex

ESRC Funded PhD Criminology - October 2016 to date                        -University of Sussex

MSc Social Research Methods - (Distinction)                                      -University of Sussex

LLM Criminal Law & Criminal Justice - (Distinction)                             -University of Sussex

Teaching Qualifications

Associate Fellow Higher Education Academy (2016)                           -Higher Education Academy

Postgraduate Teaching Certificate in Higher Education Part 1:             -University of Sussex


Diploma in Education (Distinction)                                                   -Institute of Education, University of London 

Postgraduate Certificate in Education