Raffia Arshad

Called 2002

Practice overview

Raffia practises in financial remedy, private law children, forced marriage, female genital mutilation and any cases with Islamic law issues. Raffia has acted for both the Local Authority and Respondent’s in forced and female genital mutilation cases. She can be instructed as an expert on matters relating to Islamic family law and sharia law. Raffia is the author of the leading text on Islamic Family Law.

Practice areas

Private law

Financial remedy

Forced Marriage & FGM

Court of Protection

Direct access

Recent cases

Raffia recently represented a husband subject to a forced marriage protection order made against him at Birmingham County Court. There were 12 respondents in total (all of the family). She successfully discharged the forced marriage protection orders for all family members.

Raffia also recently represented a husband at a preliminary hearing as to whether assets subject to trust were matrimonial or not. This was a Muslim family, and the assets had been given in charity to the local mosque.

Another recent case dealt with forced marriage protection orders and nullity. The client, who was 16 years old, was taken on holiday to Pakistan and forced into marriage. Her mother then left her in Pakistan for four months before she convinced family members to bring her back to the UK. The client was threatened by family members throughout the court proceedings. Due to the nature of the circumstances, Raffia was successful in obtaining indefinite orders for the client.


"Has advised and represented on cases with an Asian cultural dimension. Her insight and thorough approach are well received by clients. Confident and eloquent, Raffia exudes a natural authority and sharp intellect, coupled with vitality and enthusiasm that is as effective at a lecture as it is in the court room"

"Raffia represented me at the start of a four day fact-finding hearing. The first respondent (mother) had made serious false allegations of sexual abuse and incest which I strongly denied. I met Raffia on the first day of the fact-finding but she had regularly been in contact before that date and answered any queries I had. On first meeting, I was naturally stressed and anxious but she immediately put me at ease. I was exonerated of all allegations. Findings were made against the first respondent (mother) of coaching my daughter and misleading authorities. The first respondent (mother) also has to pay my court costs of over £6000, which is extremely rare in family law proceedings. I would not hesitate it recommending Rafia, words can not describe how grateful we are as a family, with her professional no-nonsense approach she has true kindness which we will never forget."

"I am very impressed with Raffia Arshad. She was very professional, capable and strong. Thank you for everything you have done for me, you really went above and beyond. You have made a difficult situation easy to deal with and have always been available to explain everything. I am so grateful for you. I cannot thank you enough".


Solicitors Journal - Practice Trends : Islamic Family Law & Children: An Islamic Law Perspective

Counsel magazine  - Making the Right Choice?

Author of leading text on Sharia Law - Islamic Family Law. Published in August 2010 by Sweet & Maxwell.
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Professional background

Raffia graduated in Law / Accounting and Finance from Oxford Brookes University in 2001. She obtained an LLM in International Law and European Business Law from Leeds University in 2003. Fluent in Urdu and Punjabi, she also has a basic knowledge of Arabic. Raffia has completed a Diploma in Islamic Law and is currently studying for a Postgraduate Diploma in Personal Development Coaching at the University of Cambridge.