UK law

Lawyer practises in British courts from Israel

By Nathan Jeffay, October 11, 2013

With law degrees from Cambridge and Harvard, Baruch Baigel’s resume is typical of the top-flight lawyers in the running for English Law Society awards later this month. But it holds one surprise — he has never practised law from a UK office.

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Anger as abuser avoids prison

By Anna Sheinman, October 10, 2013

The family and friends of a girl who was sexually abused have spoken of their disbelief and disgust that the paedophile who abused her has walked free from court.

Simeon Osen, 52, from Chigwell in Essex, pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual activity with the girl, as well as three counts of making indecent photographs of a child and two counts of possession of extreme pornography.

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Mother loses custody battle but will fight on

By Anna Sheinman, August 1, 2013

Beth Alexander, a British mother of four-year-old twins, is to appeal against the Viennese court decision which has given final custody to their father.

She said the decision had left her feeling as if she had been “convicted of a crime, although I know I am innocent”. She vowed to fight on in her long-running battle to gain care of the boys, Samuel and Benji.

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MP to intervene in benefit row

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 1, 2013

An MP has intervened in the dispute over observant Jews being denied jobseekers allowance because they refuse to work on Shabbat.

In June, a Charedi man won a landmark appeal against the Department for Work and Pensions after he was told by a job centre in Prestwich, north Manchester, that he was not eligible for the allowance.

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Charedi man wins landmark tribunal case

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 4, 2013

A Charedi man has won a landmark appeal against the Department for Work and Pensions after he was denied jobseeker’s allowance for over six months and told he must work on Shabbat.

A tribunal judge said Jacob Slinger, 19, from Greater Manchester, was wrongly refused the £56.80-per-week benefit by the DWP at a hearing of the social entitlement chamber, which adjudicates benefits disputes.

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Social media could affect your firm

By Jonathan Abrams , July 1, 2013

A survey by YouGov showed that only one in eight small businesses turn to a solicitor to solve a legal problem. As a lawyer, I find this shocking, so here are my top 10 tips on managing your business, media and the law.

1. TWITTER DON’TS

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Norrice Lea man to head Sport England

By Zoe Winograd, April 22, 2013

Chief Executive of the London Marathon, Nick Bitel, has been named the next chair of Sport England.

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Lord Leveson to be Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University

By Simon Rocker, March 22, 2013

Sir Brian Leveson, who led the public enquiry into press standards following the phone-hacking scandal, has become Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University.

The Liverpool-born judge, a Lord Justice of Appeal, has succeeded the rock guitarist Brian May, who has held the post since 2008.

Cherie Booth, the wife of former prime minister Tony Blair, has also held the position.

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Locking up abusers is not the answer

By Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet, March 4, 2013

Reports about child sex abuse in the Orthodox community seem to be emerging with ever increasing frequency. A recent high-profile prosecution in Australia and yet another in New York involve cases of child sex abuse that began many years ago. So why have they come to light only now rather than being reported by victims, or their families, around the time the offences were committed?

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Deech and Van Bueren made honorary QCs

By Anna Sheinman, February 27, 2013

Baroness Deech and Geraldine Van Bueren are two of the eight lawyers who have today been named honorary QCs.

The title Queen’s Counsel Honoris Causa is given to lawyers: “who have made a major contribution to the law of England & Wales outside practice in the courts.”

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