Finance and Divorce Update November 2016 – Family Law Week

‘Claire Molyneux, Senior Associate and Naomi Shelton, Associate, both of Mills & Reeve LLP, analyse the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during October 2016.’

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Family Law Week, 13th November 2016

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Sharia Courts interfered to protect domestic abusers, MPs told – The Independent

Posted October 31st, 2016 in domestic violence, islamic law, news, prosecutions, select committees by sally

‘A leading British Sharia Council intervened to prevent men accused of domestic violence from facing criminal charges, according to testimony submitted to a Commons Committee.’

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The Independent, 31st October 2016

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UK courts should be able to issue Islamic divorces, sharia expert says – The Guardian

Posted September 5th, 2016 in courts, divorce, inquiries, islamic law, marriage, news, women by sally

‘British courts should be able to issue Islamic divorces via a specialised unit set up to protect the rights of Muslim women, a leading expert in sharia law will advise a House of Commons inquiry.’

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The Guardian, 4th September 2016

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Inside a Sharia council divorce hearing – BBC News

Posted July 11th, 2016 in divorce, islamic law, news by sally

‘”Yasmeenah” is seeking an Islamic divorce from her husband and has turned to a Sharia council in the hope one will be granted by Islamic scholars.

This council at Birmingham Central Mosque is one of an estimated 30 established councils across the UK, often referred to as Sharia “courts”.

The BBC has been given rare access.’

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BBC News, 11th July 2016

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Ex-model wins ‘record’ £53m cash settlement in divorce battle – The Guardian

‘A former model has been awarded a £53m cash settlement in a high court divorce battle with her Saudi billionaire ex-husband.’

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The Guardian, 8th July 2016

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Sharia law review issues call for evidence – Home Office

Posted July 6th, 2016 in evidence, Islam, islamic law, press releases, rule of law by Mark L

‘Individuals with experience of sharia law are being urged to take part in an independent review into its use.’

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Home Office, 4th July 2016

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Sharia review seeks experiences – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 5th, 2016 in consultations, inquiries, islamic law, news, solicitors by sally

‘Solicitors who have experience of sharia law were today urged to take part in an independent review examining whether the religious code is being misused within Britain.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 4th July 2016

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Independent review into Sharia Law launched – Home Office

Posted May 26th, 2016 in divorce, forced marriages, islamic law, press releases, women by tracey

‘An independent review into the application of Sharia Law in England and Wales has been launched by Home Secretary Theresa May today.’

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Home Office, 26th May 2016

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Farrah Ahmed and Adam Perry: Judicial Review of Shariah Councils – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted May 6th, 2015 in divorce, islamic law, judicial review, marriage, news by sally

‘On 23 March, Theresa May announced plans for a review of shariah councils in England and Wales, to examine their compatibility with British values, if the Conservatives win the May election. Shariah councils are bodies that issue divorce certificates for Islamic marriages, offer mediation and reconciliation services to couples married under religious law, and produce expert opinion reports on religious matters. An AHRC-funded research project concluded that the shariah council it studied (along with a Beth Din and a Catholic Tribunal) “provide[s] an important service for those Jews, Muslims and Catholics for whom a religious divorce ‘in the sight of God’ is important from both a spiritual and religious legal perspective”. The Home Office, while acknowledging the need for further evidence on the operation of shariah councils, appears concerned about the effect of their decisions on women (who, it suggests, may receive an insufficient financial settlement on a religious divorce) and the fairness of the procedures followed by shariah councils (particularly the possibility that their procedures discount women’s testimonies).’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 1st May 2015

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Mass polygamy in UK Muslim community – claim – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 10th, 2014 in bills, Islam, islamic law, marriage, news, polygamy, women by sally

‘Peer warns widespread polygamy being ‘condoned’ as report claims many Muslim women trapped in legal limbo.’

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Daily Telegraph, 10th December 2014

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Revealed: Law Society did not seek advice on Sharia law before issuing controversial wills guidance – Legal Futures

Posted December 8th, 2014 in islamic law, Law Society, news, wills by sally

‘The Law Society did not consult any experts in Sharia law before issuing the controversial practice note on Sharia-compliant wills that it was forced to withdraw last month, it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 8th December 2014

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Law Society withdraws guidance on sharia wills – The Guardian

Posted November 25th, 2014 in islamic law, Law Society, news, solicitors, wills by sally

‘The Law Society has withdrawn guidance on how to prepare sharia-compliant wills following criticism from solicitors and the justice secretary, Chris Grayling. Recorded debates about the procedures have also been removed from the society’s website.’

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The Guardian, 24th November 2014

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Law Society Sharia wills guidance “cannot change the law”, justice minister says – Legal Futures

‘The government has refused to be drawn into the row over controversial advice from the Law Society on Sharia-compliant wills, but insisted that it “does not, and cannot, change the law”.’

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Legal Futures, 28th July 2014

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Succession and Sharia – NearlyLegal

Posted June 3rd, 2014 in appeals, islamic law, landlord & tenant, married persons, news, succession by sally

‘From 1/8/1980 until his death on 19/11/2010, Mr Al-Faisal held a protected Rent Act tenancy of Flat 15, 1 Royal Avenue House, London, SW3. In 1987, Ms Al-Faisal married the Appellant, Ms Ouaha, in an Islamic marriage ceremony in London and the couple had two children in 1991 and 1994. Importantly for the purposes of this case, there was no civil ceremony.’

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NearlyLegal, 1st June 2014

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Islamic law to be enshrined in British law as solicitors get guidelines on ‘Sharia compliant’ wills – The Independent

Posted March 24th, 2014 in codes of practice, islamic law, Law Society, news, rule of law, solicitors, wills by sally

‘Islamic law is to be effectively enshrined in the British legal system for the first time under guidelines for solicitors on drawing up “Sharia compliant” wills.’

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The Independent, 23rd March 2014

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Sharia courts putting women at risk, CPS warns – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 8th, 2013 in courts, domestic violence, families, islamic law, news, women by sally

“Sharia courts are putting women at risk of violence from abusive husbands, the Crown Prosecution Service has warned.”

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Daily Telegraph, 7th April 2013

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Religious Marriages: Staying a decree absolute in order to increase the chances of obtaining a religious divorce – Family Law Week

Posted January 18th, 2013 in divorce, islamic law, Judaism, marriage, news by tracey

“Charlotte Rachael Proudman, a barrister at 1 Mitre Court Buildings, provides legal guidance on the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973, Section 10A, used in religious marital cases to speed up the process of obtaining religious divorces.”

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Family Law Week, 17th January 2013

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English law is fair to women, not ‘unfair’ to Muslims – Daily Telegraph

“This country recognises the equal rights of husband and wife in a divorce, so will not recognise a prenup agreement that is unfair to the woman.”

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Daily Telegraph, 28th July 2012

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A Practical and Legal Analysis of Islamic Marriage, Divorce and Dowry – Family Law Week

Posted February 1st, 2012 in divorce, islamic law, marriage, news by sally

“Charlotte Proudman, a pupil at Coram Chambers, provides some legal and practical guidance on Islamic marriage, divorce and dowry and describes the procedures at Birmingham Central Mosque’s Sharia Council.”

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Family Law Week, 31st January 2012

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Sharia law compatible with human rights, argues leading barrister – The Guardian

Posted January 16th, 2012 in human rights, islamic law, news by sally

“A leading barrister has called for the UK to become more sharia-literate, while arguing that Islamic law can be compatible with the toughest human rights legislation.”

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The Guardian, 16th January 2012

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