UK law

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.”


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.


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.


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.


How can I avoid bequeathing my children a family broiges?

By Jonathan Goldberg, October 4, 2012

Hetty from Edgware writes:
I am a pensioner aged 83, and I live alone with a part-time helper. My late husband who died last year always took good care of our finances. In truth I had very little knowledge or understanding of them previously. He left me with the house which I think is worth over a million pounds, and more than a million pounds in income-producing stocks and bonds.


Lord Dyson named as new Master of the Rolls

By Jennifer Lipman, August 31, 2012

Supreme Court Justice Lord Dyson is to take over as Master of the Rolls from October.

The 69-year-old, who was called to the bar in 1968, replaces Lord Neuberger, who was named as the next Supreme Court president in July.

Knighted in 1993, Lord Dyson was presiding judge of the Technology and Construction Court from 1998 to 2001 and became a Supreme Court justice in April 2010.


Our safe wasn't so safe

By Jonathan Goldberg, August 30, 2012

Maya from Radlett writes:


British bank accused of hiding billion-dollar Iran deals

By Orlando Radice, August 7, 2012

Standard Chartered may lose its licence to do business in the US after a report by New York regulators alleged that the British bank hid more than £160bn in illegal Iranian transactions.


How to avoid starting a war with next door

By Jonathan Goldberg, July 19, 2012

Ruth from Poole, Dorset writes: My husband and I are teachers. With our two children and our dog, we recently moved into a cottage in a quiet street which leads down to the beach.


Lord Neuberger to head Supreme Court

By Jennifer Lipman, July 13, 2012

The head of the civil judiciary has been named as the next Supreme Court president.

Lord Neuberger's appointment as the most senior judge in the UK was confirmed on Thursday. He will be sworn in on October 1, succeeding Lord Phillips.

Lord Neuberger, 64, is the brother-in-law of Baroness Neuberger, senior rabbi of the Reform's flagship West London congregation.