Harold Paisner (born 4 June 1939) is a senior partner in corporate finance at Berwin Leighton Paisner, having qualified in 1971. His younger brother Martin Paisner also works at the firm one constituent of which was founded by their father Leslie Paisner.
- 1 Education
- 2 Family life
- 3 Career
- 4 Philanthropy
- 4.1 Rothschild
- 4.2 Ben Gurion University
- 4.3 Charities
- 5 Affiliations
- 6 Notes
Paisner’s father, Leslie Paisner, founded Paisner & Co, which eventually became Leighton Berwin Paisner. When he retired, Harold became managing director of the company and Martin took over his charitable trusts.
His son, Jonathan Paisner, is also a trained lawyer. He has worked at Leighton Berwin Paisner, Shore Capital Group and Puma Investments and currently works at Mathias Gentle Page Hassan, NetScientific and LMN Capital Partners.
Paisner & Co was a firm set up by in 1932 by Paisner’s father, Leslie Paisner, which represented major clients Penguin Books, Great Universal Stores and Forte Holdings in the 1940s and 1950s. The company is a result of the 2001 merger between Berwin Leighton and Paisner & Co. 
Harold Paisner initially did not want to go into law, originally working at an investment bank. After a few years with the bank he developed an interest in corporate finance and realised it would be useful to have a legal qualification, and “so it came about that I might as well do my training at my father’s firm”, he said. Harold became a partner in 1972 and when his father retired in 1976, the two Paisner brothers ‘stepped into their father’s shoes’, with Harold becoming managing partner of Berwin Leighton Paisner and Martin Paisner appointed as head of his father’s trusts practice. 
In 2004, whilst Paisner was a non-executive of Courts plc, the company went bankrupt, meaning the workers would lose a large part of their pensions. In 2005 he was investigated by Stephen Ross of HR Trustees for maladministration as not only was he non-executive of the company but his firm, Berwin Leighton Paisner, provided legal advice to the company at different times.
In June 2014 Berwin Leighton Paisner advised First International Bank of Israel on the sale of its UK banking subsidiary FIBI Plc to Tungsten Corporation plc, to form Tungsten Bank. On the sale Paisner said, "This was a very important transaction for the Bank, a longstanding client of the firm, and we were delighted to have the opportunity of advising them upon it.”
Paisner is involved in a lot of philanthropic work, focused on Israeli life and Zionist organisations. Berwin Leighton Paisner also act as lawyers for a number of charities including the Jewish Philanthropic Association For Israel & The Middle East and the United Jewish Israel Appeal.
In 1998 N M Rothschild & Sons wanted to encourage city financers to make investments into the West Bank and Gaza. Jonathan Penkin, the director of ABN Amro Rothschild, who has represented the bank in Lebanon, Jordan, Morocco and Egypt returned from the area with a delegation including Paisner and Lord Levene, the Mayor of London, convinced that the bank could play a leading role in introducing city investors to the area. The Rothschilds have history in the region; the family helped to finance early Jewish settlements, it runs a charitable trust that funds philanthropic projects in Israel and Sir Evelyn de Rothschild was known to have little time for the policies of the then right-wing Israeli government and hoped to help establish the firm foundations of the fledging Palestinian economy. 
Ben Gurion University
Paisner was appointed president of the Ben Gurion University Foundation in 2011. The foundation is a registered charity that provides aid in various cities around Israel; concentrating on education and training. The board is made up of Eric Charles, Harold and his brother Martin Paisner. In 2009 they raised £682,566 and spent £760,829. 
In 2011 he was responsible for the establishment of Centre for the Study of European Politics and Society at Ben Gurion University,  and he is currently chair of the international advisory board. The Centre was set up in order to “promote a greater awareness within Israel, of the growing importance of Europe and of the European Union.
In 2011, in his role as president of the Ben Gurion University Foundation, Paisner presented the Ladislaus Laszt Ecumenical and Social Concern Award to the UK Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. The award which, ‘acknowledges and rewards people whose deeds reflect tolerance, hope and vision - those aspects so essential to the survival of the human race.’ Paisner called Sacks a “true beacon of hope, who brilliantly advances Jewish values to the wider community” and he is a “gift to the Anglo-Jewish community, and British society as a whole.”
|Charity name||Charity number||Position||Dates position held||Co-trustees|
|The Barnett Shine Foundation||218365||Trustee||07/11/1963 - 04/03/2005|
|The Institute for Jewish Policy Research||252626||Trustee||18/03/1970-||June Jacobs, Lord Simon Haskel, Baroness Julia Neuberger, Brian Smouha, Vicki V R Harris, Mark Goldberg, Peter F Halban, Catherine Fieschi, Dominique Moisi, Susan Neiman, Joanna Frances Newman, Goran Rosenberg, Peter Levy|
|The Bedford Square Charitable Trust||264631||Trustee||04/10/1972 - 16/09/2009|
|Ben Gurion University Foundation||276203||Trustee||27/07/1978-||Martin Paisner, Eric Charles, David Wernick, Jonathan Prevezer, Conrad Sandler, Lord Weidenfeld of Chelsea, Raymond Pollock, Sidney Corob, Miriam Hyams, Norman Hyams, Hyman Kreitman, Spencer Lawson|
|The Friends of the Lung and Tuberculosis Association of Israel||294738||Trustee||27/06/1986 - 24/09/1998|
|The British Friends of the ADL||1007494||Trustee||17/01/1992 - 07/08/2002|
|Paisner Charitable Trust||275087||Trustee||Martin Paisner|
Institute for Jewish Policy Research
Other members of the IJPR include Lord Rothschild, honorary president; Stephen Moss, vice-chairman and a former trustee on the Jewish Leadership Council, former governor of the Leo Baeck Rabbinic College and a trustee of JCoSS (a Jewish secondary school in New Barnet, London) and Jewish Child’s Day; Lord Haskel, president and former trustee of the Israel-Diaspora Trust, a supporter of Labour Friends of Israel; Peter Levy, vice-president and former chairman of the Jewish Chronicle.
Berwin Leighton Paisner
Berwin Leighton Paisner has a 'small but historic specialism' in charities. Its 'charities practice has survived through the transformations that have taken place', in the firm, 'if only because the senior partners do a lot of charities trustee work and rely on the firm for assistance."' According to the head of the Tax department at BLP, Michael Wistow, charities work allows the firm to explore 'synergies' with the firms work for ultra-high-net-worth individuals. The firm 'only' targets 'the most profitable work'. According to Wistow 'We're not acting for a charity walking in off the street… We act for a number of billionaires and half- billionaires [and] sometimes they take the decision to go all philanthropic on us.'
Barnett Shine Charitable Foundation
Harold, as well as his brother Martin, is a trustee at the charity Barnett Shine Charitable Foundation. The Barnett Shine Charitable Foundation donated £300,000 to the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, a charity Martin Paisner is on the board of trustees of, to provide income for general purposes but with the power to ‘apply the whole or any part of the Trust Fund whether capital or income in or towards the implementation of any one or more of the objects of the Trust’. In 2000, £178,468 was transferred to settle a deficit on unrestricted funds, leaving a balance of £121,532 that has remained until at least 2006.
The Bedford Square Charitable Trust
Both Harold and Martin were trustees at The Bedford Square Charitable Trust. The registered address for the charity is ‘c/o(Care of) Berwin Leighton Paisner, Adelaide House, London Bridge, London, EC4R 9HA’.
The Friends of the Lung and Tuberculosis Association of Israel
Harold was a trustee at The Friends of the Lung and Tuberculosis Association Israel, a charity registered in June 1986 and removed in September 1998. The charity was set up ‘to promote the prevention and cure of chest and lung diseases of all descriptions including tuberculosis, bronchitis, emphysema and lung cancer in the state of Israel’.
The British Friends of the A D L
Harold was a trustee at The British Friends of the ADL, a charity registered in January 1992 and removed in August 2002. The charity was set up ‘to advance public education in the causes of discrimination against minority communities wheresoever in the world situate and in particular in all matter relating to the history etc. of the Jewish people and to promote racial harmony and good race relations within England and Wales.' Presumably this was an organisation set up to channel funds to the US based Anti Defamation League.
The Painser Charitable Trust
Both Harold and Martin are trustees at The Paisner Charitable Trust. ‘The charity engages in a varying range of charitable giving to registered charities, embracing particularly the relief of those in need and the advancement of health and education.’ In 2013 the charity had an income of £3,786 and outgoings of £3,850.
Harold sits on the board of many companies and charities as a director, secretary or LLP member.
|Company name||Dissolved?||Role||Date of Appointment||Date of resignation|
|L M N Capital Limited||Yes||Director||20/07/2011||-|
|Puma High Income VCT plc||No||Director||07/10/09||23/11/14|
|Puma VCT 11 plc||No||Director||01/10/2014||-|
|Family Trustee Company Limited||Yes – 16/01/2013||Director||28/03/1991||N/A|
|Aon Surety & Guarantee Limited||Yes – 17/08/2004||Secretary||15/10/1993||6/11/1993|
|Carpet Manufacturing Company Limited||Yes – 09/02/1993||Director||12/03/1991||N/A|
|E.I.B.X Limited||Yes – 14/01/1993||Director||15/04/1991||N/A|
|Edgbaston Investment Trust Limited||Yes – 02/06/1995||Director||18/07/1991||N/A|
|Kinsdale Investments Limited||Yes – 12/02/2004||Director||22/06/1992||N/A|
|Estates & Agency Holdings Limited||No||Director||14/08/1991||27/08/2004|
|Carpet International Nominees Limited||Yes – 16/02/1993||Director||21/03/1991||N/A|
|Estates & Agency (Barking) Limited||Yes – 07/06/1995||Director||18/07/1991||N/A|
|H A E Trustees Limited||Yes – 01/04/2009||Director||28/11/1991||30/03/1993|
|Estates & Agency (Blakes Market) Limited||Yes – 02/06/1995||Director||18/07/1991||N/A|
|74 Portland Place Limited||Yes – 20/04/2011||Director and Secretary||13/09/1992||03/06/1998|
|Robert Fleming Finance (Number 2) Limited||Yes – 19/12/2001||Director||03/01/1992||03/01/1995|
|Trident Investments Holding Company Limited||Yes – 22/12/1998||Director||28/10/1992||N/A|
|Debron Investments Limited||Yes – 15/01/1993||Director||28/03/1991||N/A|
|IFSE Limited||Yes – 20/06/1992||Director||20/03/1991||N/A|
|Intersept (Europe) Limited||Yes – 23/06/1992||Director||18/03/1991||N/A|
|Rollins Hudig Hall (Nederland) Limited||Yes – 13/04/2010||Director||28/02/1991||30/06/1993|
|Highplain Limited||Yes – 20/12/2000||Director||07/12/1993||N/A|
|Paisner Limited||Yes – 22/07/2003||Director||15/03/1999||N/A|
|Salter Paper Group Limited||Yes – 09/08/2012||Director||15/03/1999||N/A|
|Courts Plc||Yes – 26/11/2010||Director||30/04/1993||05/09/2001|
|Paisner Services||Yes – 14/10/2003||Director||29/12/1993||N/A|
|Inlandglide Limited||Yes – 10/02/1998||Director||31/03/1991||N/A|
|Lomas (UK) Limited||Yes – 16/03/1993||Director||07/11/1991||N/A|
|Lomas Estates Limited||Yes – 16/03/1993||Director||07/11/1991||N/A|
|Clydemoors Limited||Yes – 25/05/1993||Director||24/10/1991||N/A|
|Surety & Guarantee Consultants Limited||Yes – 03/06/2003||Director||29/06/1993||19/06/1994|
|Brymoors (City) Limited||Yes – 25/05/1993||Director||24/10/1991||N/A|
|Lomas Investments Limited||Yes – 16/03/1993||Director||07/11/1991||N/A|
|Brymoors Limited||Yes – 25/05/1993||Director||24/10/1991||N/A|
|New Queens Hall Orchestra||Yes||Director||27/02/1992||14/04/1997|
|London & Partners International||Not trading||Director||11/06/2002||31/03/2011|
|Endeavour (Europe) Limited||No||Director||22/12/1991||22/12/1993|
|Interface Flooring Systems (UK) Limited||Yes – 15/01/1993||Director||28/03/1991||N/A|
|G I N D Limited||Yes||Director||10/08/1989||10/08/1989|
|The Institute for Jewish Policy Research||No||Director||11/11/1997||-|
|Ben Gurion University Foundation||No||Director||23/04/1997||-|
|Linpac Group Holdings Limited||No||Director||01/06/1991||21/08/2003|
|Tungsten Bank Plc||No||Director||24/02/2004||14/03/2012|
|Berwin Leighton Paisner||No||LLP Member||30/11/2005||-|
|Trident Investments Company||No||Director and Secretary||28/10/1992||29/01/1998|
|Lin Pac Inc||No||Director and Secretary||15/04/1981||26/08/2001|
|74 Portland Place Residents Ltd||Yes – 07/02/2006||Director||30/03/1993||20/09/2000|
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