“Thousands of Muslim marriages conducted in UK are not legal” - Aina Khan speaks to BBC Inside Out West

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Aina Khan spoke to BBC Inside Out West on 8th September 2014 discussing the topic of “Thousands of Muslim marriages conducted in UK are not legal”.

Aina Khan speaks to BBC Inside Out West

Aina Khan speaks to BBC Inside Out West

I have found in my work, that more than 80% of Muslim marriages conducted in the UK are not registered, that is they are not legal under English law.

Aina Khan, Head of the Islamic Law Department at Legal 500 recommended Duncan Lewis Solicitors appeared on BBC Inside Out West on the 8th September 2014 to discuss the issue: “Thousands of Muslim marriages conducted in UK are not legal”.

Reporter Charlotte Callen spoke to Aina in the Duncan Lewis Solicitors Chancery Lane London office as part of a documentary exploring the issue of “thousands of British Muslim women discovering that their marriages are not legal.”

In the documentary Aina states to Charlotte Callen, “I have found in my work, that more than 80% of Muslim marriages conducted in the UK are not registered, that is they are not legal under English law.”

Charlotte Callen "discovers that the problem is directly related to the fact that 90% of mosques are not registered to perform marriages."

Aina was also featured on BBC West on 9th September discussing unregistered Muslim marriages.

Aina Khan and Duncan Lewis will be launching a series of nationwide road shows in the coming months, as well as a unique survey to gather data on the number of Muslim marriages that are not registered under UK law.

Inside Out West featured on BBC One at 20:00 BST on Monday, 8 September. It is also available on BBC iPlayer. Access can be found by clicking here.

About Aina Khan

Aina Khan is Head of the Islamic Law Department at Legal 500 recommended law firm Duncan Lewis Solicitors. She is recognised as the leading specialist in Islamic Law in the UK.

Aina regularly makes TV, radio and press appearances. She has also advised parliamentarians and academics on Islamic Law and frequently speaks at the Houses of Lords and Commons as well as lecturing at Universities and community events.

About Duncan Lewis

Duncan Lewis, established in 1998, is the largest civil legal aid practice in the UK and one of the country's fastest growing firms of solicitors, serving both corporate entities and private individuals from offices across London and throughout the UK. A recommended leading law firm by Law Society Lexcel, Legal 500; Duncan Lewis employs over 500 members of staff and was the first law firm to achieve the Investors in People Gold Quality Standard Mark in 2009. Representing over 25,000 clients per year, the company has an excellent reputation in the Administrative Court, High Court and Court of Appeal in the Immigration, Public law and Family/Child Care jurisdictions.

Established areas of law are: business immigration, child care, civil liberties, clinical negligence, community care, crime and fraud, dispute resolution, debt and insolvency, employment, family and divorce, housing, asylum and immigration, litigation, mental health, personal injury, prison law, professional negligence, public law and administrative law, regulatory matters and welfare benefits.

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