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Neville Jonas Laski, QC (18 December 1890-24 March 1969) was an English judge and leader of Anglo-Jewry.

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Family

He came from a distinguished family. His younger brother was Harold Laski. He married Phina Emily, eldest daughter of Moses Gaster; he had four children, including Marghanita Laski.

Education

Career

He was a barrister and was appointed a QC in 1930 and a Bencher of the Inner Temple in 1938. He was a Judge of Appeal of the Isle of Man, 1953-1956 and Recorder of Burnley, 1935-1956. He was a Judge of the Crown Court and Recorder of Liverpool (1956-1963).

During World War I, he served with the 6th Lancashire Fusiliers in Gallipoli, Sinai and France, retiring with the rank of Captain.

He was a member of the General Council of the Bar, 1950-1956, Chairman of its Professional Conduct Committee, 1952-1956 and its Honorary Treasurer, 1955-1956.

Other positions held

  • Chairman, Manchester Victoria Memorial Jewish Hospital
  • President, London Committee of Deputies of British Jews, 1933-1940
  • Presiding Elder of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews Congregation, 1961-1967
  • Vice-President, Anglo-Jewish Association

See also

  • Who was Who
  • Sagar v Ridehalgh & Sons Ltd [1931] 1 Ch 310, a UK labour law case where Laski KC represented the employer.

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