Family Solicitor

Aina Khan

Aina Khan , Duncan Lewis , Family Freelance Solicitor , Dalston


Profile / Experience

‘The firm also now has the Islamic specialism of Aina Khan’ is what Legal 500 2013 says about Aina Khan. Aina Khan has been highly recommended by Legal 500 2013 in both of their 2013 and 2014 editions for her expertise in Family & Child Care.

Aina Khan joined Duncan Lewis in October 2012. She launched and heads the Islamic & Asian division, leading a talented team of experienced solicitors providing innovative solutions under English law. The division offers Fixed Fees, Instalment options & Legal Aid, making such specialist advice available at all levels of income.

Aina qualified as a solicitor in 1991 and is on the Law Society’s specialist Children Panel & Family Panel.

She is an experienced advocate, who personally handles many of her cases at court. Her extensive experience includes:

  • Divorce & Financial settlements
  • Cohabitation Disputes
  • Child law (Contested Residence and Contact; Care cases; Child Protection)
  • International Family law & Jurisdiction disputes
  • Family Businesses & Trusts
  • Parental Relocation
  • Prenuptial, Postnuptial & Separation agreements
  • Domestic Violence, Forced Marriages & Nullity

In addition, Aina is recognised as the UK’s leading specialist in Islamic Family Law by:-

  • Leading Lawyers
  • Judges
  • Members of the Commons and Lords
  • Professors and Academics
  • Resolution (formerly Solicitors Family Law Association)
  • Butterworths Family Service
  • Association of Muslim Lawyers
  • Sharia Councils
  • Muslim Arbitration Tribunal
  • Women’s Groups nationwide

Aina has developed her niche specialism in Islamic Family law over 20 years, providing pioneering solutions which work under English as well as Sharia law. She personally handles the highly charged negotiations and issues arising from these challenging court cases, which frequently include:

  • Couples who have had only an Islamic marriage, so are not legally married under English law and do not have matrimonial rights
  • Women seeking an Islamic divorce to which their husband does not consent
  • Women wishing to recover their ‘Mehr’ (Islamic marital finance settlement) under English law
  • Dowry & Wedding Jewellery disputes
  • Couples wishing to have tailor made Islamic marriage contracts and Prenups
  • Expert Opinions for court, other solicitors, Social Services etc on complex issues such as validity of marriages and divorces; logistics of placing children abroad in Muslim countries etc

Aina’s clients are professionals, business owners and expats in the UK and abroad, whom she advises on Skype & Webcam when they cannot attend meetings in person. Most of her work comes from recommendations from former clients and opinion makers, or via her public profile. Aina has an extensive network of professionals across the UK and abroad, who help her to provide a holistic service:

  • Mediators & Arbitrators
  • Marriage guidance (including pre-marriage) counsellors
  • Financial advisors & Wealth Managers

Aina is frequently invited to appear on TV, radio and the press in the UK and abroad:-

  • BBC TV
  • BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour
  • BBC Asian Network’s resident Family Guru
  • Channel 4
  • The Times
  • Guardian
  • Articles in the press in USA and across Europe

Aina was shortlisted for the prestigious:-

  • Jordans ‘Innovative Family Lawyer of the Year’ award 2012
  • ‘European Muslim Woman of Influence’ award 2010

Aina helps those who seek her recommendations by referring matters to specialist colleagues in:

  • Employment
  • Personal Injury
  • Mental Health
  • Housing
  • Immigration
  • Crime & Fraud
  • And several other areas of law

Before joining Duncan Lewis to broaden the reach of her work at offices across the UK, including 10 offices across London, Aina was:

  • Senior Partner at Aina Khan Partnership, her own law firm in London employing 30 people
  • Head of Family Law at Woodroffes, in Belgravia, London
  • Head of the Islamic Legal Services division at Russell Jones & Walker (now Slater & Gordon) in Chancery Lane, London.

Other areas of interest:

  • Aina’s seminars are attended by judges, lawyers, parliamentarians, academics and students from across the UK and abroad
  • Aina regularly meets and advises members of the House of Lords and Commons on issues affecting the Muslim and Asian communities
  • Aina is on the Ministry of Justice’s Working Group on Unregistered Marriages and is pressing for Islamic marriages to be registered under civil law to prevent serious losses of legal rights
  • Aina is an author with Butterworth’s Family Law Service and has written the Chapter on Muslim ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution)
  • Aina lectures to the House of Commons and Lords, Universities across the UK, in Europe and the USA, barristers’ chambers, Police and other Public Sector groups, and runs Webinars and Training courses on Islamic and Asian legal issues
  • Aina speaks Urdu, Hindi, and French, reads and writes Arabic, and understands Punjabi
  • Aina has played an active role in interfaith dialogue and community affairs all her working life
  • Aina stood as a Parliamentary Candidate in 1997 for Ilford South for the Liberal Democrats

Aina is married with 2 children

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