The new legislation on ‘Forced Marriages’ taking effect in the UK as of today.

Forced marriage is “a tragedy for each and every victim”, home secretary Theresa May said as a new law outlawing the practice came into effect.

From Monday forcing someone into marriage in England and Wales will carry a maximum seven-year jail sentence under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

The government hopes the law change, which also criminalises forcing a British national into marriage outside the UK, will protect thousands of potential victims.

May said she was proud of the UK’s role as a world leader in combating the crime, saying: “Forced marriage is a tragedy for each and every victim, and its very nature means that many cases go unreported.

“I am proud to say that the UK is already a world leader in the fight to stamp out this harmful practice with the government’s Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) working hard to tackle this terrible practice in the UK and overseas. Today’s criminalisation is a further move by this government to ensure victims are protected by the law and that they have the confidence, safety and the freedom to choose.

“This summer, the prime minister will also be hosting the UK’s first summit dedicated to galvanising action against forced marriage and related issues.”

May has joined anti-child-marriage charity Freedom, the police, the Crown Prosecution Service and a victim of the practice in a an online video for the £Freedom2Choose campaign, explaining why forced marriage has been criminalised.

The change in law was originally announced in 2012 by David Cameron, who said forced marriage was “abhorrent” and “little more than slavery“.

A forced marriage is described as one in which one or both spouses do not consent to the marriage but are coerced into it by physical, psychological, financial, sexual or emotional pressure.

The Home office said the FMU gave advice or support related to a possible forced marriage to more than 1,300 people in 2013.

As well as outlawing the practice, breaching a civil Forced Marriage Protection Order (FMPO) will be punishable by five years in prison. Freedom founder Aneeta Prem welcomed the new legislation.

She said: “In the most tragic cases, people forced into marriage become domestic slaves by day and sexual slaves by night. Today’s announcement sends out a powerful message that this indefensible abuse of human rights will be not be tolerated. Everyone should have the freedom to choose.”

Earlier this week, the NSPCC said children as young as 12 were calling ChildLine about forced marriage, with the number contacting them up two-thirds in the past year.

Dr Ash Chand, the charity’s strategy head for minority ethnic children described the law change as “a huge step forward, which we hope will deter those plotting against their own children”.

He added: “Many young people who call our ChildLine service about this issue are frightened, concerned and feel control of their lives is being wrenched from them. We have produced an animation that will help allay their fears and encourage them to contact us for help and advice.”

Joseph & Khan Solicitors will be taking part in the Trident Youth Enterprise Week (Bradford)

We will be taking part in the Trident Youth Enterprise Week in Bradford on Tuesday 29th April 2014. This will be held at the The Mayfield Centre, Broadway Avenue, BD5  between 1pm – 4pm
Drop in and chat to some of the Joseph & Khan Solicitors representatives and many of the other exhibitors to see how we can help you become more employable or help you get started in your own business. This is a chance to meet local employers, training providers, job search agencies, volunteering organisations and enterprise coaches.

This event is targeted at young adults, but is open to all and no pre-booking is required.

We hope to see you there!

 

 

Sham weddings seem to be a consistent problem in the UK where a non-European national marries someone from the European

Sham weddings seem to be a consistent problem in the UK where a non-European national marries someone from the European Economic Area as a means of attempting to gain long-term residency and the right to work and claim benefits in the UK.

What your thoughts on this?

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/newsarticles/2013/december/89-sham

Islamic law known as ‘shariah’ forbids muslims from paying interest and this excludes many muslims from the conventional mortgage products that are on offer.

Specialist muslim lenders offer shariah -compliant alternatives. This involves the lender buying the subject property and then selling it onto the purchaser at a higher price (Murabaha).

If you would like to know further information about this then feel free to contact us on 01422 648666.

Boundary Disputes?

If you have had a fall out with your neighbour over issues such as a boundary dispute, party wall, foliage or garden and wish to seek advice on what your options are contact us and speak to one of us on 01422 648666!

No one wants arguments to carry on for longer than they need to, and it is always better to find a solution that is fair to both sides, that is where we can help YOU!

An unexpected email, telephone call or letter from someone who claims to be from the Home Office, it may be a scam

Important: Please be aware that if you receive an unexpected email, telephone call or letter from someone who claims to be from the Home Office, it may be a scam. They will never contact you to ask for money or your personal details.

For further info please take a look at the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/frauds-tricks-and-scams/frauds-tricks-and-scams