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Law Society did not consult before issuing Sharia guidance

Law Society did not consult before issuing Sharia guidance

Posted: Mon, 08 Dec 2014 14:21

A Freedom of Information request has revealed that the Law Society did not consult any religious groups or individuals before issuing its now-withdrawn Sharia guidance.

The Law Society withdraws controversial Sharia guidance and apologises

The Law Society withdraws controversial Sharia guidance and apologises

Posted: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:21

The sharia succession practice note has been withdrawn by the Law Society, following widespread criticism for gender discrimination.

Glasgow University investigates impact and extent of religious privilege

Glasgow University investigates impact and extent of religious privilege

Posted: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 10:23

Researchers in the history and law departments of Glasgow University are beginning a research project to map the historical and current religious privileges in Scotland's laws.

Solicitors Regulation Authority withdraws endorsement of Law Society’s sharia guidance

Solicitors Regulation Authority withdraws endorsement of Law Society’s sharia guidance

Posted: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:25

The Solicitor's Regulatory Authority has removed a reference to the Law Society's controversial practice note on drafting 'Sharia compliant' wills from its from its ethics guidance on wills.

Solicitors Regulation Authority criticised over endorsement of Law Society’s sharia wills guidance

Solicitors Regulation Authority criticised over endorsement of Law Society’s sharia wills guidance

Posted: Fri, 06 Jun 2014 16:41

The regulatory body for solicitors in England and Wales has been criticised by the Lawyers Secular Society for endorsing the Law Society's controversial guidance on sharia wills.

NSS welcomes appeal court ruling against Christian who refused to work on Sundays

NSS welcomes appeal court ruling against Christian who refused to work on Sundays

Posted: Thu, 05 Dec 2013 12:09

A Christian woman who claimed she had been constructively dismissed from her job as a care worker because she refused to work on Sundays has lost her case at the Court of Appeal.

Turkish court lifts ban on hijabs for lawyers at bar association

Turkish court lifts ban on hijabs for lawyers at bar association

Posted: Tue, 12 Nov 2013 17:28

The Turkish Supreme Court has lifted the ban on female lawyers wearing hijabs when registering with the Turkish Bar Association.

Courts are secular, says top family law judge

Courts are secular, says top family law judge

Posted: Wed, 30 Oct 2013 08:12

A leading family law judge has said that courts are secular – and so are judges. Sir James Munby, president of the Family Law Division, made the comments in a keynote speech to a Law Society Conference.

NSS concerned over judge’s ruling that woman need only remove niqab to give evidence

NSS concerned over judge’s ruling that woman need only remove niqab to give evidence

Posted: Mon, 16 Sep 2013 14:07

The National Secular Society has expressed concern over a court's decision to allow a Muslim woman to stand trial wearing a full-face veil, only needing to remove it while giving evidence.

NSS draws international attention to UN report that berates USA on its lax approach to clerical child abuse

NSS draws international attention to UN report that berates USA on its lax approach to clerical child abuse

Posted: Tue, 19 Feb 2013 13:26

A UN Committee has expressed deep concern to the US Government about its failure to properly deal with sexual abuse committed by clerics and leading members of faith-based organizations.

UK Government accused of not upholding freedom of belief

UK Government accused of not upholding freedom of belief

Posted: Fri, 07 Sep 2012 10:28

The European Court of Human Rights hearing on 4 September 2012 has heard accusations from applicants that the UK Government is not upholding freedom of belief.

NSS intervene in landmark cases at European Court of Human Rights

NSS intervene in landmark cases at European Court of Human Rights

Posted: Sun, 02 Sep 2012 21:41

Four controversial British religious discrimination cases are due to be heard at the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) on Tuesday 4 September 2012. The outcome will have a huge impact on how future equality cases involving religion are determined.

Woman who was sacked for wearing a headscarf loses religious discrimination claim on a technicality

Woman who was sacked for wearing a headscarf loses religious discrimination claim on a technicality

Posted: Wed, 08 Aug 2012 09:57

A Muslim woman in London who claimed she had been sacked from her job in a luggage shop because she wore a headscarf has won her claim of unfair dismissal but lost a claim of direct religious discrimination.

Council Prayers unlawful rules High Court

Council Prayers unlawful rules High Court

Posted: Fri, 10 Feb 2012 10:08

The High Court today ruled that "The saying of prayers as part of the formal meeting of a Council is not lawful under s111 of the Local Government Act 1972, and there is no statutory power permitting the practice to continue". The judgement follows a Judicial Review initiated by the National Secular Society.

Lawyer recommends a single, secular oath to be sworn in court

Lawyer recommends a single, secular oath to be sworn in court

Posted: Thu, 05 Jan 2012 09:35

Writing to the Herald newspaper, Scottish Advocate Sean Templeton has made the case for the removal of religion from oath-taking in courts.

High Court judge makes clear that the law is secular, it is not anti-Christian

High Court judge makes clear that the law is secular, it is not anti-Christian

Posted: Tue, 01 Mar 2011 10:59

The National Secular Society has welcomed the judgment in the High Court yesterday on the case of a Christian couple who were refused foster caring placements because of their anti-homosexual views based on Christianity.