Therese Sil­ver

New­cas­tle lawyer who stressed the im­por­tance of fam­ily rep­re­sen­ta­tion in the le­gal sys­tem

The Jewish Chronicle - - LIFE -

AGATESHEAD SOLIC­I­TOR spe­cial­is­ing in crim­i­nal and fam­ily law, Therese Sil­ver, who died sud­denly in Lon­don, aged 69, was a part­ner with well-known lo­cal law firm Ed­ward Hath­away, but re­tired from pri­vate prac­tice in 1999, af­ter her hus­band, Dr Em­manuel Sil­ver, be­came ter­mi­nally ill.

She was ap­pointed a Deputy Dis­trict Judge in 1998 and con­tin­ued to sit reg­u­larly in the North East un­til her re­tire­ment last year. She in­sisted that in or­der to ful­fil her du­ties as a DDJ, she needed to keep up to date with changes in law. She held strong views on the im­por­tance of fam­ily law, en­sur­ing that par­ents re­ceived the best pos­si­ble le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tion both in and out of court. She main­tained a spe­cial re­la­tion­ship with her clients, or pun­ters, as she re­ferred to them, was a sup­porter of re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and the Pris­oner Lit­er­acy Pro­gramme.

Therese Sil­ver was the youngest child of Dorothy and Wil­liam Han­d­ley, born in Blyth,Northum­ber­land. With her hus­band Em­manuel, she lived in Gos­forth and raised a daugh­ter Alex and son Rupert. In 1973, she de­cided to study for a law de­gree with the en­cour­age­ment of her hus­band. Af­ter qual­i­fy­ing, she was ar­ti­cled to a well known crim­i­nal and fam­ily law prac­tice in Gateshead, Basil Mel­lon and Co and was ad­mit­ted as a solic­i­tor in 1984. In 1986, she joined Ed­ward Hath­away and Coas a part­ner

Sev­eral years af­ter her hus­band’s death in 2000, Therese down­sized to a smaller home in Jes­mond but in re­cent years she spent in­creas­ingly more time at her flat in Lon­don, close to her chil­dren and grand­chil­dren, and then de­cided to hang up her gown and move south.

Therese had been a mem­ber of the New­cas­tle upon Tyne Law So­ci­ety for 31 years, as well as a ded­i­cated mem­ber of the North of England Medico Le­gal So­ci­ety, serv­ing for sev­eral years on the com­mit­tee. She was ac­tively in­volved with the New­cas­tle Jewish community, and was a mem­ber of New­cas­tle’s United He­brew Con­gre­ga­tion. She sup­ported many char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tions, in­clud­ing the Jewish nurs­ery school dur­ing the 1970s, Wizo and other syn­a­gogue fundrais­ing events.

She was also in­volved in a sec­u­lar or­gan­i­sa­tion, Min­ster­acres Re­treat, avail­able to both reli­gious and non reli­gious people, from 2009 un­til her res­ig­na­tion in Septem­ber 2016. She served orig­i­nally on the shadow board and, af­ter Min­ster­acres gained char­i­ta­ble sta­tus in 2012, she be­came Trus­tee/ Direc­tor. Therese was also a bene­fac­tor to St Mungo’s, a char­ity that helps people re­cover from is­sues which gen­er­ate home­less­ness.

Her fam­ily and friends de­scribed Therese as ef­fer­ves­cent, vi­va­cious, charis­matic, quick-wit­ted, hugely en­ter­tain­ing, hos­pitable and pos­sess­ing a great sense of hu­mour. She was an avid bridge player, interested in the Univer­sity of the Third Age, world cruis­ing, Ju­daism and lively gen­eral de­bate.

A glam­orous lady who was in­stantly recog­nis­able by her bright orange hair, she al­ways en­cour­aged her chil­dren with their ca­reers. She is sur­vived by her chil­dren and three grand­daugh­ters Scarlett, Sophia and Lot­tie. Em­manuel’s chil­dren from his for­mer mar­riage, Michelle and Alan, her brother and sis­ter and ex­tended fam­i­lies, also sur­vive her.

FAGA SPEKER

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