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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.

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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.

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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.

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Gaydamak loses multi-million diamond case in High Court

By Simon Rocker, June 29, 2012

The Russian-Israeli businessman Arkady Gaydamak has lost a High Court claim against diamond tycoon Lev Leviev over a deal to export gems from Angola.

Mr Leviev had denied signing an agreement with Mr Gaydamak in December 2001 potentially worth hundreds of millions of pounds.

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Queen's horses duo evicted from farm

By James Brewster, June 28, 2012

The Queen will have to find a new home for a team of rare horses after the “deceitful” tenants of the Kentish farm where they live were hit with an eviction order, told to pay £680,000 and threatened with prosecution by an irate judge.

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Judge rules on Orthodox battle over property

By Simon Rocker, December 22, 2011

An Orthodox businessman has lost a High Court action involving a bitter family feud over the carve-up of assets from a multi-million pound property empire.

Joseph Ackerman sued his sister-in law Naomi Ackerman and her son Barry Ackerman in a case which has racked up estimated costs of £2 million.

Mr Ackerman and his brother Jack, who arrived as child refugees in the UK from Czechoslovakia i

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Government bans extremist Islamic group

By Marcus Dysch, November 10, 2011

The government has proscribed an extremist Muslim group notorious for burning poppies on Armistice Day and attacking supporters of Jewish and Israeli causes.

Muslims Against Crusades will be banned from Britain from midnight. Being a member or supporter of the organisation will become a criminal offence.

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University drops Libya libel suit against MP Robert Halfon

By Jennifer Lipman, August 2, 2011

A university has dropped a libel suit against a Conservative MP who criticised it for maintaining commercial links with the oppressive Libyan regime.

In March Robert Halfon, MP for Harlow in Essex, published a blog post about Liverpool John Moores University (JMU) and its investments from Libyan sources.

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Breadsticks at dawn with bakery rivals lawsuit

By Jennifer Lipman, December 8, 2010

The Jewish owners of two London bakeries are engaged in a legal row over alleged unpaid loans and an aborted plan to work together.

After developing cosmetics company Space NK and the vegetarian food chains Eat and Two Veg, entrepreneur David Krantz set up the Artisan Bakery in Park Royal.

His success in the industry was matched by restaurateur Doron Zilkha who owns the Brompton Quarter Brasserie in Knightsbridge and more recently founded the Bread Boutique off the King's Road.

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Government announce universal jurisdiction law change

By Jennifer Lipman, December 1, 2010

The government has at long last announced a change to Britain’s universal jurisdiction legislation.

A year after Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni cancelled a London speech for fear of arrest the Home Office published details of alterations to the law on magistrates issuing arrest warrants for foreign politicians.

The new Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill includes “a requirement for the consent of the Director of Public Prosecutions to be given before an arrest warrant can be issued in a private prosecution for offences of universal jurisdiction.”

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