Islamic law is to be effectively enshrined in the British legal system for the first time under guidelines for solicitors on drawing up “Sharia compliant” wills, according to the Sunday Telegraph.
Under guidance reportedly produced by The Law Society, High Street solicitors is believed to be able to write Islamic wills that deny women an equal share of inheritances and exclude unbelievers altogether.
Nicholas Fluck, president of The Law Society, told the newspaper that the guidance would promote “good practice” in applying Islamic principles in the British legal system.
Baroness Cox, a cross-bench peer leading a Parliamentary campaign to protect women from religiously sanctioned discrimination said: “This violates everything that we stand for. It would make the Suffragettes turn in their graves.”