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'Inspirational' Cardiff lawyer Simon Mumford dies aged 59

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Image caption Mr Mumford campaigned for legal aid and 'access for justice' for all, according to colleagues

A former "inspirational" president of Cardiff Law Society has died from cancer.

Retired solicitor Simon Mumford, 59, from Narberth, Pembrokeshire, was also the society's honorary secretary from 1987-97.

In tribute, the society's Michael Walters said: "It is an understatement to say his presence in the courts will be sadly missed by all that knew him."

He added Mr Mumford fought for legal aid and "access for justice".

A wave of tributes were paid to Mr Mumford after his death was announced on Twitter on Thursday.

Head of Litigation at Hugh James Mark Harvey said Mr Mumford "leaves a large gap having made an indelible mark on all who knew him".

Cardiff University law lecturer David Dixon also paid tribute to the lawyer and said: "Simon Mumford was a solicitor, teacher, soldier, advocate, broadcaster, sportsman, funny writer, friend, role model enthusiast and inspiration."

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