RMB offers migration and Islamic law services
RMB Lawyers Migration Law and Islamic Law services are proving popular additions to the firms comprehensive range of legal services.
RMB is the regions longest-established and largest legal firm, and offers the full range of legal services in nine divisions staffed by experienced experts in their fields of law.
RMB Lawyers established an Islamic Law Division five years ago to cater for the specific needs of the Muslim community. The Islamic Law Divisions services include Islamic wills, migration law, family law, mediation, commercial and finance law.
The Islamic Law Division is staffed by RMBs three Islamic lawyers - Hayley Kelloway, Imran Khan and Nazley Khan.
All three lawyers grew up in Wollongong. Ms Kelloway attended Bulli High School and studied Law at the University of Western Sydney.
Imran Khan went to school at Edmund Rice College and Nazley Khan attended Holy Spirit College.
Both studied Law at the University of Wollongong.
Ms Kelloway says common questions arise for Muslims residing in countries like Australia that are not governed under Shariah (Islamic Law), such as the validity of Islamic wills under the governing law of the country.
She said RMBs Islamic Law Division provided guidance and advice on these issues, so that clients would be confident that their legal arrangements met Australian legal requirements while also complying with the religious beliefs.
We liaise and collaborate with prominent and respected Muslim scholars to verify the Shariah component of all work undertaken within our Islamic Law Division, she says.
For example, Islamic wills differ from standard Australian wills but also comply with Australian requirements. An Islamic will distributes your estate in accordance with the Mawarith schedule, being the set shares as stipulated in the Quran, she says.
The will states your wish to be buried in accordance with Islamic principles and provides details in relation to same. In accordance with the rules of inheritance in Islamic law, an individual can distribute a proportion of their estate to any individual or organisation they wish, with the remainder being distributed and divided amongst their family in accordance with the Mawarith schedule.
RMB managing partner Craig Osborne says the firm had established its Islamic Law Division after anticipating the need for such a service in Wollongong.
In Hayley, Imran and Nazley we have three talented lawyers who work in their own fields - Hayley in family law and migration law, Imran in compensation law and Nazley in commercial litigation. But we also recognised that they had a special interest and expertise in applying Islamic law to Australian legal requirements.
Ms Kelloway is also a registered Migration Agent and a member of the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA), and regularly assists Illawarra families who want relatives living overseas to join them in Australia.
Hayleys migration services include assistance with permanent and temporary residency; student and business residency; employer-sponsored migration; skilled migration; partner, child and family migration; special migration; humanitarian offshore issues and on-shore protection.
Hayley also represents clients through the review process at the Migration Review Tribunal, the Federal Magistrates Court and the High Court of Australia.
RMB Lawyers has offices in Wollongong, Dapto, Kiama, Bowral and Nowra and also regularly service clients in Sydney and other parts of NSW and interstate. The firms lawyers also visit clients homes or business by arrangement.
Published by smh.com.au (9 September, 2011)