UKLFI: Supporting Israel with legal skills

New appointments at UKLFI

We are delighted to announce that Lady Hazel Cosgrove and Jonathan Lux have been appointed Co-Chairs of UKLFI, while Jonathan Turner has been appointed the new Chief Executive.

Lady Hazel Cosgrove has been appointed co-chair of UKLFI. Lady Cosgrove was the first woman to be appointed a Senator of the college of Justice,  a judge of Scotland’s Supreme Courts, serving from 1996 to until her retirement in 2006.  Lady Cosgrove served as Standing Junior Counsel to the Department of Trade from 1977 to 1979, and took silk to become a Queen’s Counsel in 1991. She was awarded an honorary LL.D. by the University of Glasgow in 2002.   Lady Cosgrove is also one of UKLFI’s Patrons.

Jonathan Lux has been appointed co-chair of UKLFI. He 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 has been appointed Chief Executive of UKLFI.  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. Jonathan chaired the association from its inception until his recent appointment as its chief executive, and 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.