Sir Alan Abraham Mocatta (
27 June 1907- 1 November 1990) was an English judge, an expert on restrictive practices and a leader of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews of Britain.
Legal and military career
Clifton Collegeand New College, Oxford, he was called to the barat the Inner Templein 1930.
World War IIhe first served as 2nd Lieutenantin 12 LAA Regiment, RA, TA, 1939, but was rapidly promoted to Brigade Major, 56 AA Brigade, 1940-41; to GSO(2) AA HQ BTNI, 1941-42; and finally to Lieutenant-Colonel General Staff, Army Council Secretariat, War Office, 1942-45. He was awarded the OBE in 1944.
Returning to his legal career after the end of the war, he was appointed QC in 1951. He was elected a
Bencherof his Inn in 1960. He served as a Judge of the High Court of Justice( Queen's Bench Division) from 1961 (the year in which he received his knighthood) to 1981. Also from 1961 to 1981 he was a Member of the Restrictive Practices Court, of which he was President from 1970.
In 1982 he served as Treasurer of the Inner Temple.
He contributed also to legal literature as joint editor on the 14th-19th editions of "Scrutton on Charter Parties"; editor on the 3rd edition of "Rowlatt on Principal and Surety"; and as a member of the Advisory Panel for the 4th edition of "
Halsbury's Laws of England".
From 1955 to 1956 he was Chairman of the Treasury Committee on Cheque Endorsement.
He was also Chairman of the Council of
Jews' College, 1945-61 and Vice-President of the Board of Elders of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews' Congregation, London, from 1961 to 1967, and President from 1967 to 1982.
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