Lady Hazel Cosgrove, Co-Chair
Lady Cosgrove was the first female sheriff of Glasgow and Strathkelvin, from 1979 to 1983, and Sheriff of Lothian and Borders from 1983 to 1996. From 1992 to 1996 she was a temporary judge in the High Court and Court of Session. In 1996 she became the first woman to be appointed to a permanent seat on the Court of Session bench taking the judicial title Lady Cosgrove. She was Chair of the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland and Deputy Chair of the Boundary Commission for Scotland. She was awarded a CBE in 2004 for services to the criminal justice system in Scotland. She studied Law at the University of Glasgow.
Jonathan Lux, Co-Chair
Jonathan Lux was Senior Partner at one of the City’s leading Law firms, Ince & Co, where he specialised in shipping law. Jonathan was awarded Global Shipping & Maritime Lawyer of the Year for both 2010 and 2011 by Who’s Who Legal. He is now a mediator and arbitrator, and was called to the Bar and joined St Philips Stone Chambers in 2013. He has lectured widely and written numerous articles on the subject of mediation, and is co-author of ADR and Commercial Disputes. Jonathan was one of the founder members of UKLFI and was one of the main people behind UKLFI’s successful operation to stop the flotilla of ships to Gaza in July 2011.
Jonathan Turner, Chief Executive
Jonathan Turner was admitted to the Bar of England and Wales in 1982, following degrees in law at Cambridge University and European law at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. He has acted in a number of significant intellectual property cases in the UK, and his book “Intellectual Property and EU Competition Law” has been described as the leading work of reference on that interface. In 2011 Jonathan and few others started UK Lawyers for Israel (UKLFI) as a voluntary association to counter BDS and other anti-Israel activity using the law. He has played a major role in many of its more important projects, as well as overseeing its development from a small group of volunteers to one of the more significant organisations countering anti-Israel activity in the UK and around the world.
Dr Efrat Sopher
Dr Sopher serves as Chair of the Board of Advisors at the Ezri Center for Iran and Gulf States Research, and on the Executive Committee of the HMS Maritime Policy and Strategy Research Centre at the University of Haifa. She is also a trustee of the University of Haifa UK.
Dr Sopher is an adviser on foreign policy in the Middle East to governments and organisations. She is an active member of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) Jewish Diplomatic Corps and has represented the WJC worldwide, including at the UN Human Rights Council. She is also a Deputy at the Board of Deputies of British Jews, and a Vice President of the Board of the Spanish and Portuguese Sephardi Community, the oldest Jewish community in the UK. She is the first woman to serve in this post in this community’s history. Dr Sopher is on the Board of the Israel Council on Foreign Relations (ICFR).
Caroline Turner, Secretary and Treasurer
Caroline Turner specialises in investigating organisations and charities with links to terrorism, and in preventing their funding. She also carries out many other different projects for UKLFI. Caroline is a solicitor, who specialises in civil litigation. Before she was a solicitor, she was an investigative journalist.
Daniel Berke is a solicitor specialising in criminal and professional discipline law. He has acted in numerous high profile cases. He is also the producer of the PLOD police law podcast. He was a recipient of the World Zionist Organisation Herzl Award and has served as Chair of the Zionist Central Council of Manchester. He is also a member of the Jewish Diplomatic Corps for the World Jewish Congress. Daniel has advised UK Lawyers for Israel in relation to potential private prosecutions and represented the organisation in complaints and submissions to the police, CPS and local authorities.
Brian Doctor KC
Brian is a Barrister at Fountain Court, with a broad commercial law practice. His experience includes banking, insurance, competition law and other hard-fought business disputes, many of them between international litigants. He also sits as an arbitrator. He was born in South Africa, studied at the University of Witwatersrand (1972 BA; LLB) and Balliol College, Oxford (1975 BCL), and practised at Johannesburg Bar from 1980 to 1992. He took silk in South Africa in 1990 and was called to the English Bar in 1991. He became a member of Fountain Court in 1992 and a QC in 1999.
Chloe is currently studying for an MA in Human Rights and Transitional Justice at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, having completed a BA in International Politics at the University of London Institute in Paris with First Class Honours. She had an audience of European Civic Leaders, MPs and Ministers about the hostile environment for Jewish students at European universities , which led to her being invited to a meeting with the British Secretary of State for Education, at which she gave further details of difficulties faced by Jewish students in the UK.