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Ackner, Desmond James Conrad, Baron Ackner (1920–2006), judge, was born at 90 Highbury New Park, Islington, London, on 18 September 1920, the son of an immigrant Viennese dentist, Conrad Ackner, who had a fashionable practice in Wimpole Street, and his wife, (Rosine) Rhoda, née Tuck...

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Cohen, Lionel Leonard, Baron Cohen (1888–1973), judge, was born on 1 March 1888 in London, the only child of Sir Leonard Lionel Cohen KCVO (1858–1938), banker, and his wife, Eliza Henrietta (d. 1935), daughter of Sigismund Schloss, of Bowden, Cheshire. His paternal grandfather sat as MP for ...

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Finer, Sir Morris (1917–1974), judge and social reformer, was born on 12 December 1917 at 24 Underwood Street, Bethnal Green, in the East End of London, the elder son of Charles Finer (1888–1959), master tailor, and his wife, Ray, née Topper (1895–1978). He won scholarships from ...

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Goldstone, Peter Walter (1926–2013), solicitor and judge, was born on 1 November 1926 at 5 Wolseley Place, Withington, Manchester, the younger son of Adolphus Lionel (Adolph) Goldstone (1877–1955), jewellery importer, and his wife, Ivy Gwendoline, née Nathan (1890–1967). He was educated at Manchester grammar school...

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Hamilton, (Myer) Alan Barry King- (1904–2010), judge, was born Myer Sidney Alan-Barry Harris on 9 December 1904 at 79 Priory Road, Hampstead, London, the son of Alfred Harris (1871–1959), solicitor, and his wife, Constance, née Druiffe. He was of Jewish descent. His father changed the family's surname to ...

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Heilbron, Dame Rose (1914–2005), barrister and judge, was born on 19 August 1914 at 27 St James Road, Abercromby, Liverpool, the younger daughter of Max Heilbron and his wife, Nellie, née Summers. She was originally named Rosie, but this was later changed to ...

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Dame Rose Heilbron (1914–2005) by Elliott & Fry, 1949 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Henriques, Sir Basil Lucas Quixano (1890–1961), founder of youth clubs and magistrate, was born in London on 17 October 1890, the youngest of the five children of David Quixano Henriques, who had an import and export company in Manchester and London, and his wife, ...

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Sir Isaac Alfred Isaacs (1855–1948) by Walter Stoneman, 1921 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Isaacs, Sir Isaac Alfred (1855–1948), judge and politician, was born at Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, on 6 August 1855, the eldest of the three children of Alfred Isaacs (d. 1904), a Polish-born tailor, of Auburn, Victoria, and his wife, Rebecca (d. 1912)...

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Isaacs, Rufus Daniel, first marquess of Reading (1860–1935), politician and judge, was born on 10 October 1860 at 3 Bury Street, in the parish of St Mary Axe, London, the second son and fourth of the nine children of Joseph Michael Isaacs (1832–1908)...

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Rufus Daniel Isaacs, first marquess of Reading (1860–1935) by Sir William Rothenstein, 1925 © Estate of Sir William Rothenstein / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sir George Jessel (1824–1883) by Richard Josey (after John Collier) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Jessel, Sir George (1824–1883), judge, was born in Savile Row, London, on 13 February 1824, the youngest of the four surviving children of Zadok Aaron Jessel, a wealthy London merchant, and his wife, Mary, daughter of Henry Harris of Coventry. He was educated at ...

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Laddie, Sir Hugh Ian Lang (1946–2008), barrister, judge, and legal scholar, was born on 15 April 1946 at 34 Eaton Rise, Ealing, London, the elder son and second of three children of Bertie Daniel Laddie (1915–1987), a solicitor then serving as a captain in the ...

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Montagu, Ewen Edward Samuel (1901–1985), judge and intelligence officer, was born on 29 March 1901 in Kensington, the second of the three sons (there was also a younger daughter) of Louis Samuel Montagu (1869–1927), banker, who succeeded his father, Samuel Montagu (1832–1911), founder of the family firm, as ...

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Salmon, Cyril Barnet, Baron Salmon (1903–1991), judge, was born Barnett Cyril Salmon on 28 December 1903 at 232 Finchley Road, Hampstead, London, the son of Montagu Salmon, tobacco merchant, and his wife, Marian Nina Trevor, née Abrahams. His father's family co-owned J. Lyons & Co. Ltd...

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Cyril Barnet Salmon, Baron Salmon (1903–1991) by Lenare, 1946 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Taylor, Peter Murray, Lord Taylor of Gosforth (1930–1997), judge, was born on 1 May 1930 at 242 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, the son of Herman Louis Taylor, a doctor, and his wife, Raie Helena, née Shockett. His father had been born in ...