English lawyer; born in London 1844; died March 12, 1892; educated at Neumegen's school and at University College, London. After passing the examination of the Incorporated Law Society, he joined his brother as a partner in a firm of solicitors. Then, after having been a pupil of Murphy, queen's counsel, he was called to the bar by the Middle Temple in 1873. He began to practise in mercantile and criminal cases, and later became the leading advocate of his day in bankruptcy matters. On Jan. 24, 1890, he was appointed queen's counsel.
Woolf's first legal book dealt with the law on adulteration of food (1874). He afterward wrote, in collaboration with Middleton, on the law and practise of compensation, as well as on the liquidation of business firms by the court. He was active as a communal worker, was one of the principal supporters of the Westminster Jews' Free School; and served as warden and as council member of the Berkeley Street Synagogue. He was a member also of the council of the Anglo-Jewish Association.
- Jew. Chron. and Jew. World, March 18, 1892.