UK law

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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Etherton heads Chancery division

By Simon Rocker, January 25, 2013

Lord Justice Etherton has been appointed the Chancellor of the High Court, a position which makes him head of its Chancery division.

A High Court judge since 2001, he is a former head of the Law Commission and was made an Appeal Court judge five years ago.

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Liverpool music man's bad sounds towards MP results in fine

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 10, 2013

The owner of a popular Liverpool music venue has pleaded guilty to racially abusing Jewish MP Luciana Berger.

Philip Hayes, 53, who runs The Picket venue, which has hosted world-famous music acts, admitted to making a number of antisemitic remarks at Ms Berger at an after-show party for the Liverpool Music Awards last November.

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Judgment in UCU tribunal due next year

By Marcus Dysch, November 22, 2012

A Jewish academic who says his union has not done enough to challenge antisemitism “deliberately misled” an employment tribunal, the union’s lawyer has claimed.

Ronnie Fraser was accused, by Antony White QC, of making around a dozen unreliable claims against the University and College Union.

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