Law and religion round-up – 5th November – Law & Religion UK

‘A week in which the Westminster sexual exploitation scandal continued to claim scalps, there was an important report on House of Lords reform – and Brexit rumbled on’

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Law & Religion UK, 5th November 2017

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UKIP, niqabs, burqas – and bans – Law & Religion UK

‘UKIP has made a commitment in its Manifesto to ban the public wearing of the burqa and niqab. Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, UKIP’s leader, Paul Nuttall, said wearing a burqa or niqab in public was a barrier to integration and a security risk and that Muslim women who defied the ban would face a fine. Somewhat counter-intuitively, he also told Andrew Marr that “Manfred Weber, who’s the leader of the biggest group in the European Parliament, is now talking about an EU-wide ban. We can either be on the curve on this or behind the curve.” UKIP also proposes to outlaw sharia in the UK, though Nuttall told Marr that there were no proposals to ban Jewish religious courts because the Jewish population was smaller than the Muslim population.’

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Law & Religion UK, 24th April 2017

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Finance and Divorce Update April 2017 – Family Law Week

‘Sue Brookes, Senior Associate with Mills & Reeve LLP analyses the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during March 2017.’

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Family Law Week, 20th April 2017

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Bank of England proposes ‘fund-based’ sharia-compliant liquidity facility – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 12th, 2017 in banking, islamic law, news by sally

‘The Bank of England is proposing to introduce a “fund-based” deposit facility for Islamic banks, which would allow them to obtain access to additional liquidity when necessary in a way that is compliant with sharia law.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 10th April 2017

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What is it with judges and women? – The Guardian

‘Men who inflict terrible violence on their partners are walking free from courts that treat their crimes lightly.’

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The Guardian, 2nd April 2017

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Finance and Divorce Update March 2017 – Family Law Week

‘Frances Bailey, Principal Associate and Naomi Shelton, Associate with Mills & Reeve LLP analyse the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during February 2017.’

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Family Law Week, 16th March 2017

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Inside Britain’s sharia councils: hardline and anti-women – or a dignified way to divorce? – The Guardian

Posted March 2nd, 2017 in divorce, islamic law, news, tribunals, women by sally

‘Sharia councils say they offer Muslim women a way out of religious marriage but critics argue this parallel legal system can leave vulnerable people trapped in abuse. Here is a rare look behind the scenes.’

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The Guardian, 1st March 2017

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Sharia courts have no place in UK family law. Listen to women who know – The Guardian

Posted December 14th, 2016 in families, family courts, islamic law, news, women by sally

‘There must be no religious arbitration in family matters. It leaves minority women vulnerable to control by fundamentalists.’

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The Guardian, 14th December 2016

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Sharia law’s appeal to Muslims is ‘diminishing’, poll suggests – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 5th, 2016 in islamic law, news, reports by sally

‘One of the most extensive polls of British Muslims ever conducted suggests the appeal of sharia law is diminishing, especially among younger people.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 2nd December 2016

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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

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

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

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk