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Frank Cranmer and David Pocklington

Integration: seeing the bigger picture

In a guest post, Professor Rebecca Probert of Exeter Law School and Dr Rajnaara Akhtar, Senior Lecturer at Leicester De Montfort Law School, highlight some of the pitfalls in the Government’s Green Paper on integration.

The government’s recent Integrated Communities Strategy Green Paper aims to boost integration ‘in our most isolated and deprived communities’ and focuses, amongst other things, on family law matters. When social deprivation or disadvantage is experienced along ethnic, racial, or religious lines, it is clearly important to understand why these particular communities are facing isolation. But this also presents the danger of failing to acknowledge which experiences are common to all communities. Continue reading

Bath Abbey pews: refusal of permission to appeal

The Arches Court’s refusal of the Victorian Society appeal on the removal of pews in Bath Abbey is notable, not with regard to any points of law raised but on the visual impact this will have within the church, for which:

“in the hierarchy of the Victorian furnishings, [the consistory court could] see that there is a deliberate ranking of the pews within the interior of the Abbey, that give a significance to the way all the pews act as a single entity, having been designed and fitted as a set piece”. Continue reading

Consummation and the validity of marriage: X (A Child: foreign surrogacy)

Is consummation necessary to render a marriage valid? “Yes”, assumed non-specialist ignoramuses (like me): “No”, says the President of the Family Division.

In X (A Child: foreign surrogacy) [2018] EWFC 15, Sir James Munby P had been asked to make a parental order in accordance with s.54 of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008, which requires that the applicants “must be … husband and wife”. Continue reading

Law and religion round-up – 18th March

The Government’s Green Paper on integration, safeguarding in Chichester and Sweden, marriage, burial – and the living dead…

The Government’s Green Paper on integration

On Wednesday, the Government published its promised Integrated Communities Strategy Green Paper triggering a consultation which will close on 5 June. We noted the proposals on religious weddings and sharia here; however, it also includes: Continue reading