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The Jewish Contribution to English Law Barrington Black

The Jewish Contribution to English Law By Barrington Black

The Jewish Contribution to English Law by Barrington Black


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Packed with insights into Jewish life, The Jewish Contribution to English Law tells why Jews were drawn to the law. Charting history to and since 1858, the book describes how many excelled in legal roles and introduces readers to Jewish judges, barristers, solicitors and lawyer politicians.

The Jewish Contribution to English Law Summary

The Jewish Contribution to English Law: Through 1858 to Modern Times by Barrington Black

The story of Jewish emancipation is not well-known, nor how Jews came to make such a significant contribution to the law and democracy in England. This book recounts how Jews first came to England, were expelled, returned, and eventually assumed their place in Parliament and on the bench in court. It tells of the first Jewish politicians, lawyers and judges who later occupied prominent roles as President of the Supreme Court, Lord Chief Justice, Master of the Rolls and Attorney-General. The turning point was an 1858 Act of Parliament which allowed Jews and others to take an oath compatible with their own religious beliefs (extending comparable benefits conferred on Catholics almost 70 years before). This opened the doors for the first unconverted Jewish MP, Lionel de Rothschild who won a seat in the House of Commons four times without until then being able to occupy it. The book surveys Jewish tradition from ancient times to the days when modern governments turned to Jewish lawyers in troubling moments - and it lists lawyers famous and less well-known: judges, politicians, the innovators, the experts, and the mavericks who helped build the system we have today.

The Jewish Contribution to English Law Reviews

'This is a very good book and owing to Barrington Black's rather cheery style most readable'-- Brian P Block JP

About Barrington Black

Barrington Black was for many years one of the UK's best-known criminal solicitors and founder of a Leeds practice known as Black's. Next a Metropolitan Stipendiary Magistrate (district judge) then Circuit Judge he rounded-off his long judicial career as a Supreme Court Justice in Gibraltar. As a lawyer he appeared in high-profile cases including representing Donald Nielsen ('The Black Panther'). A frequent writer to The Times, Telegraph and Jewish Chronicle he also contributed to Yorkshire TV's Calendar and BBC's Look North. A long-time resident of Harrogate, council member and Parliamentary candidate he now lives in North London. His autobiography Both Sides of the Bench was published by Waterside Press in 2015.

Table of Contents

Introduction; The Attraction of the Law; Oaths and Vows; Early Days in England; The Laws of England Concerning Jews; Conversion and Return; 'We May Give You the Laws, But ... '; The First Jewish Lawyers; Bar and Bench; Into the Twentieth Century; Judicial Appointments High and Low; Jewish Lawyers in Politics; The Doors Were Open to All; Some Notable Jewish Solicitors; Epilogue; Selected Bibliography; Index.

Additional information

NGR9781914603037
9781914603037
1914603036
The Jewish Contribution to English Law: Through 1858 to Modern Times by Barrington Black
New
Paperback
Waterside Press
2021-11-02
220
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