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Is Nikah now recognised under English law?

Since the judgement in the case of Akhtar v Khan we have been inundated with calls asking the same question, is nikah valid? Is it recognised? Is it legal? Well, leave the samosas in the fridge and don’t fry the jalebi until you’ve read this article. The short answer is No. The Akhtar case only answered the question ‘Is nikah void or invalid’. It did not and does not answer the question of legality or recognition. In order for a valid marriage to exist certain requirements need to be fulfilled.…

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Court rules Wife has to stay in loveless marriage

by Andrew Smith, Associate Solicitor, Family Law Team AJSmith@LawBlacks.com, 0113 3222807, @AndyLawBlacks Last month, the Supreme Court (the highest Court in England and Wales) has decided that Mrs Owens has to stay married to her husband. Mrs Owens has been seeking a divorce for 3 years. Mrs Owens’ journey Mr and Mrs Owens married in 1978. Mrs Owens filed her petition for divorce in May 2015 in which she sought a divorce based on the (only) ground that the “marriage had irretrievably broken down”. Mrs Owens relied on the fact…

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Child Contact – Don’t Blame the Parents

by Javaid Iqbal, Family Law Consultant, Shire Solicitors 01274 727373 From time to time everyone has domestic problems and unfortunately these may lead to separation or divorce. The Courts first position is that it does not like to interfere in the lives of parents and children. The Courts primary position is to safeguard the welfare of the child. That is paramount. The legal position in regards to contact is that every child has the right to have contact with their parent providing it is safe to do so. The Children…

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Five Alternatives to a Pension

The road to a financially secure future is different for everyone, and there are now many options for savers to choose from. For most people, saving for retirement means contributing as much as possible to a pension. A pension you build from earnings has a number of very important advantages that could make your savings grow more rapidly than might otherwise be the case. With the average retirement now set to last at least two decades, savers need to make full use of all the tax allowances and exemptions available…

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How to grow and utilise your business’ online presence

Almost every business you can think of in this day and age has some form of online presence. Many will simply have a small website or a facebook page, others will have interactive smartphone apps and online stores. But which is right for your business? And is the investment really worth it? Social Media In the UK, 66% of the population are active social media users, your business cannot afford to be missing out on reaching this audience. Of course, the largest benefit to using social media is that for…

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The Five Most Common Management Myths

Across all businesses and industries, there is one common thread – people will always try and give you advice. Not all advice is good advice, however. Here are a few of the most common management myths and how to make the right decision when someone offers you this bad advice. ‘Don’t try and control everything yourself’ Of course, in any business, one person cannot physically do everything however it is important as a leader not to let any piece of the puzzle slip out of your view. It is key…

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Brexit and being ready for departure

In this article we consider how businesses can prepare for the Brexit deadline of 29 March, 2019. With a hand-signed letter to the President of the European Commission, Theresa May kick-started the Brexit pendulum and formally set the clock ticking down to our departure from the EU. For the many small businesses that are heavily connected to Europe – whether through supply chains, talent sourcing or funding – the thought of knowing little more about our impending departure than the final deadline may be more than a little unnerving. But…

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Is your business ready for GDPR? What you need to know and why

In recent months, one of the hottest news topics has been data privacy. The Facebook and Cambridge Analytica scandal has thrown up questions in everyone’s mind about the privacy of their data. Every time we search for something online, make a purchase in a store or post something on social media, our data is being harvested- but how and why? In order to answer this question and ensure safety for consumers and businesses alike, a new European privacy regulation called (GDPR) comes into effect on the 25th May 2018. GDPR…

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Multipotentiality: Why a ‘Jack of all Trades’ might just save your business

by Justine Hughes-De Freyman ‘Jack of all trades, master of none.’ is a phrase all of us have heard at one point or another, you may have even used it yourself- but how closely have you actually looked at ‘Jack’? The education system in the UK is often criticised for forcing our children to narrow their subject choices too early in life. Students as young as thirteen are asked to choose their ‘options’- should they be an artist or a scientist? A mathematician or an athlete? Those in our society…

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Additional rights for delayed rail passengers under the Consumer Rights Act 2015

Associate Solicitor, Corporate and Commercial Team, TChakrabarty@LawBlacks.com, 0113 227 9260 Delayed rail passengers will now be given stronger rights to claim consequential losses, including taxi fares, hotels and missed flights following train cancellations and delays. Currently the National Rail Conditions of Travel (the “NRCoT”) govern rail travel and this allows operators to refuse claims for consequential losses. From Sunday 11 March 2018, the NRCoT will be updated to state that a passenger’s right to claim for losses will be governed by the Consumer Rights Act 2015, ensuring that passengers will…

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