UK law

Police no longer seeking arrest of two Jewish grandparents who missed court appearance

By Josh Jackman, March 17, 2016

Police have cancelled an arrest warrant issued for two grandparents who failed to attend court after allegedly sending their daughter an offensive letter made with cut-out magazine letters.

It is understood that Hedy Freedman, 71, and Steven Freedman, 76, from Crosby in Merseyside, are now expected to appear at Liverpool Magistrates Court on April 13.


Siblings in battle over £3.2m 'secret' fund of Holocaust survivor father

By JC Reporter, February 24, 2016

A brother and sister are locked in a venomous legal feud over a £3.2 million "secret" fund set up by their Jewish father to protect his fortune from a "repetition of the Holocaust".

David Hamilton, who died in 2007 aged 84, fled the Nazis in 1938, arriving in England as a "penniless boy refugee" on one of the last Jewish evacuee ships from Germany.


Pair plead not guilty in LL Camps case

By JC Reporter, January 30, 2016

Two men involved in the running of an American-style summer camp have pleaded not guilty to charges involving children.

Ben Lewis and Tal Landsman, the co-founders of LL Camps in Bushey, Hertfordshire, appeared at St Albans Crown Court yesterday.

Both were arrested last summer by Hertfordshire Police.


High Court rejects couple’s challenge to civil partnership law

By Josh Jackman, January 29, 2016

A Jewish couple have lost their bid to make civil partnerships legal for heterosexual partners.

Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan launched a judicial review in December 2013 after refusing to enter what they saw as the sexist institution of marriage.


Joshua Rozenberg made an honorary Queen's Counsel

By Marcus Dysch, January 11, 2016

The lawyer and journalist Joshua Rozenberg has been appointed an honorary QC.

A non-practising solicitor, Mr Rozenberg was acknowledged by the Queen as the “pre-eminent legal analyst of modern times”.

He is best known as a leading law journalist and commentator and was the BBC’s first legal correspondent.


UK rabbis urge support for Beth Alexander in custody battle

By Tal Fox, July 7, 2015

A group of leading British rabbis have criticised the Austrian Jewish community for its treatment of a British woman involved in a custody battle with her Austrian ex-husband.


Academic settles long-running legal battle with trade union

By Marcus Dysch, December 24, 2014

A union which won an employment tribunal brought by a Jewish academic who claimed he had been harassed has agreed an out-of-court settlement in its own claim for costs.

The University College Union said it had agreed a deal with Ronnie Fraser’s lawyers Mishcon de Reya after long-running legal argument.


‘Charlie Kray was a charmer’

By Sandy Rashty, November 6, 2014

Every time Jonathan Goldberg QC attends a party, he faces the same question: “How can you defend a man you know to be guilty?”

It’s something he has come to expect, having acted for some of the most notorious murderers, rapists and fraudsters in criminal courts at home and abroad for the past 41 years.


Jail sentence strikes right balance in tackling online abuse

By Julian Hunt, October 24, 2014

This is the latest in a series of recent cases where magistrates have given prison sentences to those sending grossly offensive messages through the internet.

Those individuals who posted vile tweets against Stella Creasy MP and the footballer Fabrice Muamba, and who advocated the bombing of mosques after the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby, have all been jailed.


Jewish lawyers plan a brief visit to Israel

By Marcus Dysch, March 28, 2014

A group of British lawyers plan to organise a visit to Israel and the West Bank as an alternative to similar trips which, they say, give “a distorted impression” of the Israeli legal system.

UK Lawyers for Israel will run the tour with the Zionist Federation to allow them to meet their Israeli counterparts.