Sukainah Al-Waely



Designation: Supervising Solicitor

Languages: English, Arabic

Practice Areas: Family Law

Career & Expertise

Sukainah qualified as a solicitor in November 2016 and joined Law Lane Solicitors as an experienced Family Law Solicitor in 2019. Her professional experience backdates to 2008, prior to qualifying. She achieved a 2:1 degree (borderline First) in her Bachelor of Laws, LLB Law (Hons*) and studied the Legal Practice Course at the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice, part of the University of Oxford. She has a passion for her work and strategically resolve matters for clients at the earliest opportunity, appreciating the stress clients may face in protracted proceedings. She has proudly built a rapport with her clients where they confide in her work.

Sukainah has worked on jurisdiction cases and in her most recent case, her client had obtained an overseas divorce which was disregarded by his wife who went on to bring divorce proceedings in the UK. The wife followed this with an application for financial proceedings which was entertained by the court. Sukainah reminded the court and the wife’s solicitors of the correct procedure to follow, namely, for the wife to seek permission of the court on her financial application after the court determined the matter of jurisdiction which Sukainah challenged on behalf of her client. A jointly appointed expert was then instructed on the validity of the overseas divorce and concluded the overseas divorce was indeed valid with the correct procedure used. The court made an order dismissing the wife’s UK divorce application. 

Other cases Sukainah has dealt with include high net worth and complex financial remedy cases. In a recent case, she successfully challenged the validity of the second marriage in an unusual case where the parties had two coexisting marriages in the UK. Sukainah went on to state that the decree absolute and the financial consent order obtained in respect of the second marriage in the 1980s should be considered void. That, the first in time marriage was the only valid marriage existing between the parties. The argument succeeded with the court and the parties went on to deal with the divorce and financial proceedings in respect of the first marriage.  

Sukainah has dealt with various child proceedings matters, including, but not limited to permission from the court to admit covert recordings (recordings obtained in secret without the consent or knowledge of the other parent); alienation by one parent, special measures for her Neurodivergent client; complex occupational order matters, and applications to vary an order.

In her free time, Sukainah assists various charitable organisations to ensure compliance with their registered objectives. She has a particular interest in assisting charities sponsoring orphaned children. She does this on a pro bono basis.

Areas of Expertise

  • Divorce, Judicial separation, and nullity
  • Financial matters
  • Deed of separation and Pre-nups
  • Consent Orders in Child and Financial matters
  • Registering Home Rights
  • Child Arrangements Orders
  • Prohibited Steps Orders
  • Specific Issue Orders
  • Parental Responsibility
  • Relocation
  • Non-molestation Orders
  • Occupation Orders
  • Transfer of Tenancy