Welcome to Wynne Chambers which was established on the 8th April 1994. Perhaps the first chambers to specialise
in Islamic Law as well as English Law, Wynne Chambers seeks to assist clients who need practical advice and
solutions in the context of both Shari'a law as well as English law.
As the number of Muslims in the United Kingdom approaches 2.5 million, and in the European Union 25 million, the
need for such advice and solutions - especially in the context of the interaction between Muslim personal and
commercial law and English civil law - has grown steadily during the last decade and shows no signs of
diminishing in the future.
These developments in the transformation of the culture of the British Isles and Europe have in turn highlighted
the need for legal reform, since changes in the law inevitably lag behind social change and lawmakers quite
understandably prefer to be cautious. Existentially, we now live in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-
religious society. Legally, we have a predominantly secularised judeo-christian legal system. Tensions and
contradictions have arisen between these two realities which need to be resolved in a positive, humane and
At present Muslims in the United Kingdom are promised equal rights in theory, but do not always enjoy them in
practice. Wynne Chambers has been at the forefront in indicating, in as realistic and as constructive a manner
as possible, where legal reform is most required.
Martin Haldane Ahmad Thomson LL.B (Hons.) GDL is a qualified barrister registered with the
Bar Standards Board of England and Wales practising as a sole practitioner in accordance with
the Code of Conduct of the Bar
of England and Wales with professional indemnity insurance currently provided by the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund Limited.