Our Patrons

UKLFI Charitable Trust is honoured by the support of eminent Patrons:


From 2001 to 2011 Lord Carlile acted as the UK’s Independent Reviewer of Terrorism legislation. From 1983 to 1997 he was the Liberal Democrat MP for Montgomeryshire. He was instrumental in discussions with the Welsh Labour Party which led to the Welsh devolution referendum in 1997. He was created a life peer in 1999. He left the Liberal Democrats in 2016 and is now an independent peer. In 2012 he was made CBE for services to national security. In 2019 he was appointed as Independent Reviewer of Prevent and he is a member of boards of several charities. He studied law at King’s College London and was called to the bar in 1970. He became a QC at just 36. (now KC)


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.


Baroness Deech held many senior positions during her career including as a Governor of the BBC. She was a tutorial fellow in law at St Anne’s College, Oxford from 1970 to 1991 after which she was elected principal of the college. She was made DBE in 2002 in recognition of her work at the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority. She was made a life peer sitting as a Crossbencher in 2005. She has argued strongly that Jewish students are subjected to increasing antisemitism on UK campuses and has fought for proper compensation for Jewish-owned property stolen under Nazi occupation in Poland. She graduated from St Anne’s College with a first in law.


Lord Dyson was Master of the Rolls (President of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales and Head of Civil Justice) for four years until he retired in October 2016. He was made a QC in 1982, was a Recorder from 1986 to 1993 and was a High Court Judge from 1993 to 2001. He was in charge of the Technology and Construction Court from 1998 to 2001 and was a Justice of the Supreme Court from 2010 to 2012. He studied Classics at Wadham College, Oxford and was called to the Bar in 1968. He is currently an arbitrator/mediator at 39 Essex Chambers.


Bernard Eder acted as Counsel in over 100 reported cases and in over 200 international arbitrations. He specialised in commercial litigation and international arbitration. He was made a QC in 1990 (now KC), appointed as a Recorder in 1996, and as a High Court judge in 2011 sitting  mainly in the commercial court. He retired from the Bench in 2015. He studied Law at Downing College, Cambridge and was called to the Bar in 1975. He is now an arbitrator/mediator at 24 Lincoln’s Inn Fields.



Stephen Hockman KC is Head of Chambers at 6 Pump Court, Temple. He has been a QC since 1990 (now KC) and was Chairman of the Bar in 2006.  He is one of the leading practitioners in the fields of Environmental and Health and Safety Law.


Anthony Grabiner, Lord Grabiner KC, is Head of Chambers at One Essex Court, a leading set of commercial barristers in London.   He was Chair of the Governors of the London School of Economics from 1998 to 2007 and Master of Clare College, Cambridge University, from 2014 to 2021.  He has been President of the University of Law since 2015.  In 1999, he was made a life peer as Lord Grabiner and now sits in the House of Lords as a cross bench peer. For over 40 years he has been involved in many of the highest profile commercial disputes that have been fought in London, particularly in the fields of banking & finance, oil & gas, civil fraud, competition and shareholder disputes.


In 2016 Lord Pannick represented Gina Miller establishing that Parliamentary approval was required before the Prime Minister could initiate proceedings under Article 50 to take the UK out of the EU. He also represented Gina Miller in 2019 to establish that the Prime Minister’s prorogation of Parliament had been unlawful. In 2007 he represented Debbie Purdy in the appeal court of the House of Lords to establish the duty of the DPP to publish guidelines when prosecuting for assisted suicide. He became a QC in 1992 (now KC) and a deputy High Court judge in 1998. In 2008 he became a life peer as a Crossbencher. He studied law at Hertford College, Oxford and was called to the bar in 1979.


Richard Susskind is an author, speaker and independent adviser to major professional firms and national governments. His main area of expertise is the way in which IT and the internet are changing the work of lawyers. He was awarded an OBE in the Millennium New Year’s Honours List for services to IT in the Law and to the administration of justice. He advises on the modernisation of the practice of law and the administration of justice. He has a first class honours degree in Law from the University of Glasgow and a Doctorate in Law and Computers from Balliol College, Oxford.


Rosalind Wright worked at the Director of Public Prosecutions for some 18 years including as Assistant Director in charge of fraud. She then joined the Securities and Futures Authority and became General Counsel and Director of Regulatory Policy. In 1997 she became Director of the Serious Fraud Office and spent the next six years helping prosecute some of the biggest frauds in the country. She was awarded Honorary Silk in 2006 and Honorary LLD of the University of the West of England in 2017. She studied Law at University College London and was called to the Bar in 1964. She currently chairs disciplinary panels for three accountancy regulatory bodies.


UKLFI Charitable Trust is a separate organisation to UKLFI Ltd which operates under the name UK Lawyers for Israel. UKLFI Charitable Trust was formed in 2016 to carry on and develop activities within its charitable objects that were previously carried on by UKLFI Ltd.

UKLFI Ltd continues its activities as a separate organisation in other areas and has its own website at www.uklfi.com.  Some of the Patrons of UKLFI Charitable Trust are also the Patrons of UKLFI Ltd.

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