Muslim doctor loses appeal court bid to strip ex-wife of settlement

It has been reported in the last few days that the English court has rejected an appeal from a Dr Zaid Al-Saffar to overturn the financial order made in her favour. Dr al-Saffar is a consultant rheumatologist at Scarborough Hospital in North Yorkshire, and the head of the town’s Islamic society. He married Hanan Al-Saffar in April 2000 and the couple had two children before separating in 2008.

Pensions at risk on bankruptcy

The recent High Court Chancery Division case of re Raithatha –v- Williamson ([2012] EWHC 909 (Ch)) establishes a new legal precedent whereby a bankrupt can be ordered to draw down his pension in order to satisfy an Income Payment Order on bankruptcy.