Sharia practice note: open LSS letter to the Law Society

Law Soc protest flyerThe LSS has today (31 March 2014) sent an open letter to the president of the Law Society following the Society’s recent decision to issue its practice note on “Sharia succession rules”.

This is the letter:

The President
The Law Society
The Law Society’s Hall
113 Chancery Lane
London WC2A 1PL

Dear Sir,

Law Society’s practice note on “Sharia succession rules”

This is an open letter which we have published on our website this morning.

We refer to the above practice note dated 13 March 2014.
(www.lawsociety.org.uk/advice/practice-notes/sharia-succession-rules/)

Please can you explain why and how the Law Society has adopted guidance to assist in drafting wills which treat women far worse than men, and non-Muslims far worse than Muslims? How is this consistent with the Law Society’s claimed commitments to equality?

For your information, you may be interested to know:

  1. We have launched an online petition calling for withdrawal of this practice note (approaching 2,000 signatures at the time of writing)
  2. There is also an open letter calling for withdrawal of this practice note, signed by public figures and human rights campaigners from around the world
  3. There will be a protest against the Law Society’s decision to issue this practice note on Monday 28 April 2014, in London

Further details are here:

lawyerssecularsociety.wordpress.com/2014/03/28/protest-against-law-societys-sharia-wills-practice-note-mon-28-april-london/

An emailed response (in addition to or in place of a postal one) would be appreciated.

Given the serious nature of the LSS’s concerns we expect to receive a substantive response to our questions at the earliest possible opportunity.

Yours faithfully

Charlie Klendjian
Solicitor
Secretary, Lawyers’ Secular Society

PDF here.

Commenting, LSS Secretary Charlie Klendjian said:

“This is a short sharp letter which we hope will focus the attention of the president, the legal profession and the wider public to the very serious issue at hand.

“The LSS would also strongly urge lawyers, campaigners and members of the public who have concerns about the decision to issue this guidance to make their feelings known to the Law Society, be it privately or within the public domain.”

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