Religion and the law

If God ran a mobile network provider it would probably be called Everything Everywhere. So there’s a nice ring to EE in-house lawyer Charlie Klendjian answering the call to relaunch the Lawyers’ Secular Society.

The network of around 100 members campaigns against religious privilege in the law. This is more than just a collection of like-minded legal professionals bashing the Bible in a boozer. They have a vested interest in the biggest ECHR employment judgments on the wearing of religious symbols at work, through to challenging the opaqueness of arbitration carried out under Sharia Law.

One of society’s most the high-profile members is Matrix public law silk David Wolfe QC, who, despite a worthy practice, may have lost his VIP entry through the pearly gates when successfully acting for the National Secular Society in the Bideford Council pre-meeting prayers case.

On this theme, Preiskel & Co media head David Allen Green has previously suggested that the swearing of a religious oath should be removed from the practice of law, such as when giving evidence in court.

And talking of oaths, 2013 is another bumper year for taking to the witness stand – as we highlight in the our top 20 litigation cases feature today. It’s a must-read: these cases will shape the litigation landscape this year.


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