Congratulations to Niamh Daly on the publication of ‘Forced Marriage Law and Practice’ which she co-authored with Joshua Hitchens. The book is published by Bloomsbury Professional and is released on 12 February 2021. To purchase a hard or digital copy please click here.

an impressive book… a pleasurable and, at times, compelling read… an ambitious project, but…skilfully realised

The Honourable Mr Justice Hayden, Vice President of the Court of Protection, in the Foreword to the book

Forced Marriage Law and Practice is a comprehensive and practical treatment of the law and practice in this field, incorporating criminal, family and Court of Protection elements. It provides an awareness of what remedies may be available, how they may be obtained, and how best to defend an application or prosecution.

The book is divided into five parts which look at:

  • The definition of forced marriage, setting out the law and types of forced marriage in seven sections: prevention; punishment; remedies following a forced marriage; forced marriage and human rights; honour-based forced marriage; forced marriage involving vulnerable individuals and those lacking capacity; and organised exploitation and marriage for immigration purposes.
  • The law and procedure in the family jurisdiction, including both matrimonial and protective remedies
  • The procedure and relevant law for bringing and defending forced marriage related prosecutions in the criminal jurisdiction
  • The law, procedure and relevance of Court of Protection proceedings
  • Matters of best practice

Forced Marriage Law and Practice helps the reader to access the relevant law, and includes summaries of applicable law (both international and domestic), all in one text, facilitating a holistic approach to cases of forced marriage.

This is an essential title for family, crime and Court of Protection practitioners, as well as for other legal advisers and representatives, CPS lawyers, local authorities, human rights organisations, charities, students and academics.

Joshua Hitchens is a barrister of Lincoln’s Inn. Specialist in human rights and public law. Member of the Equality and Human Rights Commission Panel of Counsel, the Centre for Women’s Justice Legal Reference Panel, The Attorney General’s JJ Panel and the CPS 1 Panel. He has practised in both civil and criminal law in tribunals ranging from the Magistrates’ Court to the Privy Council. Regularly appears for both Local Authorities and the Official Solicitor in forced marriage High Court and Court of Protection proceedings.

Niamh Daly is a barrister of the Middle Temple. Specialist in family law, with a focus on both public and private children, adoption and applications under the Family Law Act 1996. Niamh is regularly instructed to appear in the family court and the High Court and has a particular academic and professional interest in forced marriage and other international family law issues including abduction.