High street lawyers to get formal training in Islamic Sharia law

High street lawyers are being offered formal training in Islamic Sharia Law by the professional body which represents solicitors, The Sunday Telegraph can disclose.

A new training course being run by the Law Society this summer is described as an “introduction to Islamic Sharia law for small firms”.

Critics said the fact that the Law Society was offering training in Sharia law created the “perception” that it was now “a legal discipline”.

It comes after the Society controversially published guidance last month to allow high street solicitors to draw up Sharia-compliant wills.

On Monday around 100 anti-Sharia law campaigners are expected to protest outside the Society’s head office in the heart of London’s legal establisment.

Sharia law is Islam’s legal system. It derives from the Koran and the Hadiths, the sayings and customs attributed to the prophet Mohammed, as well as fatwas – the rulings of Islamic scholars.

Currently, Sharia principles are not formally addressed by or included in Britain’s laws. However, a network of Sharia courts has grown up in Islamic communities to deal with disputes between Muslim families.

There are reported to be around 85 such courts in the UK – however campaigners say there could be far more.

The Sharia Law event at the Law Society’s headquarters on Chancery Lane, central London on June 24 has already sold out…

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