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Introduction 
In their 1759 satirical assault on the naïve optimism of the philosophy of enlightenment, Candide, ou l’Optimisme, Voltaire pits optimism directly against misfortune. If this is the best of all possible worlds, they ask, what then are the others? 
One must be careful not to assume that because something exists, it is the best possible thing that could exist. Things can be well, but not the best. Things can be otherwise than as they are, they are not the best they could possibly be, yet. 
Yet is the operative word. 
 
So it is with the recent case of Akhter v Khan, which immediately garnered headlines such as “English law applies to Islamic marriage, judge rules in divorce case”[1]. That prospect, expressed only by the headlines, was greeted with widespread support. The space between something happening and that something being the best possible something is wide and deep. 
The judgment in the recent case of Akhter v Khan is careful to point out that it is not saying that English law applies to Islamic marriages. The sort of optimism that could cause one to view this decision as being the best of all possible decisions will lead to disillusionment. Of immediate note, amongst several things which caveat this decision, is that there remain higher courts to which this matter may yet ascend. 
Mr Justice Williams, giving their judgment, was clear “What this case is not about…is whether an Islamic marriage ceremony (a Nikah) should be treated as creating a valid marriage in English Law. In fact, the main issue as it has emerged is almost diametrically the opposite of that question: namely whether a Nikah marriage ceremony creates an invalid or void marriage in English Law.”[2] 
The difference, while appearing on the face of it to be semantic only, is important and in fact the making of such a distinction is where the optimism that perhaps could be associated with this decision stems. Again, such optimism should be cautious where it exists at all. 
MWG Win the Best in Law Award at The Asian English Business Awards. 
The 7th Annual English Asian Business awards were held in Manchester at the Mercure Hotel. The event was attended by Many Businesses from all over England. MWG were awarded with the 'Best in Law' Award at the Asian English Business Awards 2018.In attendance from MWG Solicitors were Duncan Lanser, Daniyal Ali, Arif Munir and Ali Mirza. 
 
Speaking on this Achievement Irfan Munir said " All praise to the All-mighty! I am honoured and humbled to achieve this award and join past recipients who I have long respected. I am earnestly grateful for the recognition of my efforts because I am certain that every nominee for this award was just as capable, if not more of winning it. Thank you " 
Arif Munir said " Extremely proud of my MWG Family for winning the 'Best in Law' Award at the Asian Business awards". 
 
Speaking to the Media on the night Daniyal Ali said " We are honoured to have received this award, the firm has worked very hard for the past 10 years, and it is a great feeling to be recognised, lets hope this continues into the future". 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
MWG Solicitors became the latest local business to support a lifesaving initiative aimed at protecting local communities against the threat of cardiac arrest. The partners of the firm working along with Lifepad solutions have sponsored the latest defibrillator to be installed at Tesco Extra Petrol station at Handforth Dean. Furthermore, as part of the sponsorship package, they also donated an additional defibrillator to Tytherington Juniors FC.Irfan Munir partner at MWG said, “We pride ourselves as a company to be heavily involved in community initiatives especially those that save lives”. “To know that we are protecting people’s wellbeing against the threat of cardiac arrest is an amazing thing”. 
We are pleased to announce that a landmark decision has been made against Uber. The Employment Tribunal has decided that Uber drivers are workers and therefore entitled to minimum wage and holiday pay. 
MWG Solicitors in association with UPHD (United Private Hire Drivers) are representing in excess of 50 claimants who are demanding workers’ rights consisting of minimum wage and holiday pay. 
 
According to government figures Deposit's valued upto £300,000 were unsecured in the first quarter of 2017. Many Landlords across the country are breaching tenancy deposit rules by not securing the tenants deposit in a deposit protection scheme. This breach can prove to be very costly for Landlords as failing to protect the deposit would allow the tenant to claim compensation upto 3 x the amount of their deposit. Failure to register your deposit within 30 days of receipt as well as providing the correct prescribed information within 30 dasy of receipt would mean you may be entitled to a claim under the Housing act 2004. 
 
 
Tenants are in a position to claim compensation if the Landlord: 
 
• Takes too long to place your tenancy deposit in a protection scheme 
• Does not provide you with information in regards to the tenancy deposit protection scheme 
• Does not place the tenancy deposit in a protection scheme 
 
If you believe your Deposit has not been protected or you did not receive the prescribed information within 30 days, then start your claim here 
 
 

Corporate Social Responsibility  

We believe that as a business we have a corporate and social responsibility to aspire towards good environmental practice, support our community and take part in humanitarian efforts and this is what makes us different. We believe it is our duty to ensure our actions result in securing a better future for generations to come. 
 
We are determined to reduce our environmental impact and ensure we recognise the impact our operations will have on the environment. We encourage our staff to reduce the wastage of energy and disposing of recycling materials appropriately. 

MWG in the community 

We have done and continue to take part in fundraising, sponsoring sports teams, events and making charitable donations: 
We have been supporting Human Appeal for 9 years raising over £100k 
We took part in the Great Manchester run in support of Francis house 
We raised money for Cancer research UK by taking part in the Manchester Winter run 
We Held an event in honour of Manchester’s taxi drivers 
 
 
We believe it is vital to build relationships within the community, our efforts have seen positive effects on the most vulnerable in the society. We believe in raising voices for issues and taking part in charitable events and opportunities that allow us to engage with the local community. Whether it is individually or as part of a team, our employees have undertaken various initiatives to serve the community through fundraising marathons, preparing food packs for Manchester's homeless community, giving up their time to provide free legal advice, hosting question and answer events to address issues within the community.  
Our employees are encouraged to get involved in supporting the community. | Winter run 2016 
MWG hosted an event held in honour of Manchester's taxi drivers | February 2017. 
Honourable judges in attendance , left to right: Abid Mahmood, Ahmad Nadim, Ghazan Mahmood. Took part in an open Q&A session to address all legal concerns of Manchester's taxi drivers. 

Diversity and Equality 

MWG is highly committed to promoting diversity and equality within the workplace. 
We firmly believe in equal opportunities and ensure all our employees receive equal access to training, promotion, service and employment terms and conditions. Our vision on diversity is to appreciate and acknowledge the differences in individuals. We value individuals and actively welcome people from a variety of backgrounds. 
 

 Workplace 

We are highly committed to leading the way in promoting workplace equality, providing equal opportunities, as well as ensuring diversity in our organisation. 
Assist and encourage employees to realise their potential 
Creating and maintaining a safe and healthy working environment 
Creating a workplace where there is mutual trust and respect and where each member of staff feels responsibility for the performance and reputation of the firm 
Work towards developing a diverse organisation, where every member feels valued 
Some of the team at MWG 

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Building upon the firm's impressive success in the south Manchester area, MWG is all set to continue its growth by expanding out to Rochdale in an attempt to cater to clients north of the city. The new Rochdale branch will be fully operational from April 2017 and the firm will look to replicate the success of its Manchester branch via a combination of building deep connections across the business and legal sectors and the utmost dedication of our team. MWG specialises in providing clear and accessible legal advice to individuals and business clients across the full spectrum of legal services. 
 
MWG has continued to prioritise in order to maintain its high level of service to each and every client, and to optimise that service, whether the client is a leading company or a private individual. As well as being equipped to advise businesses on the challenges of current and upcoming markets, and taking into account its clients' ongoing legal requirements, the firm also has a clear strategy for its own growth.  
 
The decision to expand into Rochdale has been a strategic one. The new office will be located in Rochdale town centre's East street, ideally placed for local business owners or residents, who can benefit from MWG's multi-discipline legal solutions. It is also part of MWG's long term strategy. The firm has grown to the point where MWG has the ability to service any area of law and takes pride in the fact that anyone who seeks its advice, regardless of the size and complexity of their transactions, receives the same high level of partner-led care and attention. 
 
In addition, MWG's multilingual team also offer immigration law advice to individuals and families in an environment that makes them feel as comfortable as possible and are committed to maintaining this support throughout the duration of their instruction.  
 
To receive updates regarding the opening of our Rochdale branch, please join our mailing list. 
 
 

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