Si­mone Katzen­berg

BORN JO­HAN­NES­BURG, MARCH 26, 1956. DIED LON­DON, FE­BRU­ARY 18, 2008, AGED 51.

The Jewish Chronicle - - OBITUARIES -

WITH IN­TU­ITIVE em­pa­thy for her clients, fam­ily lawyer Si­mone Katzen­berg aimed at re­solv­ing dis­putes in a col­lab­o­ra­tive rather than con­fronta­tional way.

Born Si­mone Grant in South Africa, she stud­ied law at Wit­wa­ter­srand Univer­sity and started prac­tis­ing. She re­qual­i­fied when she came to Bri­tain in 1986 with her hus­band, Roy, from whom she was di­vorced in 2004. In 1993 she joined a Hamp­stead-based firm as a me­di­a­tor.

Soon a mat­ri­mo­nial part­ner, she pro­duced a se­ries of book­lets, The Seven Stages of Di­vorce, link­ing emo­tional with le­gal is­sues and pro­vid­ing guid­ance through the tur­moil of sep­a­ra­tion and di­vorce. The Jewish sec­tion, on The Get, had a for­ward by the Chief Rabbi. Her calm approach and prac­ti­cal ad­vice re­as­sured her clients at a vul­ner­a­ble time and earned the re­spect of col­leagues and other pro­fes­sion­als.

In 1998 she joined so­lic­i­tors Ross and Craig as a part­ner, but in 2002 she con­tracted a vir­u­lent form of leukaemia. She cam­paigned for bone mar­row trans­plants and or­gan­ised screen­ings. She was helped by her de­voted mother, Lily, and her brother, Ste­fan, a New York haema­tol­o­gist, who pro­vided her with a stem cell trans­plant.

She is sur­vived by her mother, brother and three sons; Joshua, Gideon and Ethan.

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