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Pride Versus PrejudiceJewish Doctors and Lawyers in England, 1890-1990$
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John Cooper

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774877

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774877.001.0001

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Jewish Refugee Lawyers

Jewish Refugee Lawyers

(p.237) Ten Jewish Refugee Lawyers
Pride Versus Prejudice

John Cooper

Liverpool University Press

This chapter highlights Jewish refugee lawyers. Whereas refugee doctors were given the opportunity of taking up their profession again because of urgent wartime needs, German Jewish lawyers faced a much more difficult task in attempting to integrate themselves into the British legal system. Barristers with German accents felt unwelcome, so that few refugees tried to make a career at the English Bar. Refugees could not become solicitors unless they were naturalized, something that was difficult to achieve during the war, and only a small number qualified as solicitors after the war, as the English common law and Continental legal systems were so divergent. Nevertheless, some German Jewish lawyers settled in England and helped to create and staff the international restitution organizations; others opened practices which specialized in these claims or joined law firms as clerks to handle such work.

Keywords:   Jewish refugee lawyers, German Jewish lawyers, British legal system, Jewish barristers, Jewish solicitors, international restitution organizations, law firms

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