Sulema Jahangir

Senior Associate at Dawson Cornwell

Sulema is a dual qualified solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales and an Advocate of the High Courts in Pakistan.  

Sulema undertakes all aspects of domestic and international family law including child abduction, child custody and the financial consequences of divorce and separation. She also acts for the victims of forced marriages, abandoned spouses and honour based violence. She has acted in several reported cases in superior courts in both England and Pakistan. Sulema is a specialist in Pakistani family law and has provided expert reports to courts across jurisdictions.

Prior to joining Dawson Cornwell, Sulema was a partner at AGHS Law Associates (the law firm of Asma Jahangir and Hina Jilani) which is the leading law firm specialising in family law and human rights work in Pakistan. In Pakistan she acted in a range of family and constitutional cases in the High Court and also assisted in advising parliamentary bodies in drafting laws for the protection of women.

Sulema is a regular speaker at conferences and appears on television, including BBC, ITV, Pakistani media channels, the radio and in the press. She has both written and been featured in articles for newspapers (including the Sunday Times, Dawn Newspaper, the News on Sunday) and journals on legal topics in Pakistan and in the United Kingdom. She was described as an “unsung hero” by Newsweek Pakistan.

Sulema is a visiting lecturer for “Gender and Development”, part of the MPhil course at the Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge.

She is Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers, a member ResolutionLAWASIA, the Pakistan Bar Council and the Lahore High Court Bar Association.

Sulema's Past Training

Tutor details: Pragna Patel, Southall Black Sisters, Nath Gbikpi, Wesley Gryk Solicitors LLP and Sulema Jahangir, Dawson Cornwell

The webinar will look at the phenomenon of transnational marriage abandonment, a form of domestic abuse which involves migrant women being deliberately stranded abroad, and how immigration lawyers can assist stranded spouses to return to the UK.


1) The phenomenon of transnational marriage abandonment: what is it and what common experiences are reported by stranded spouses
2) Litigation relating to the phenomenon of transnational marriage abandonment: what has been done in family law and what needs to be done in immigration law
3) Assisting victims of transnational marriage abandonment to return to the UK: theory and practice


13:45 – 14:00 Registration
14:00 – 14:10 Introductions
14:10 – 14:30 the phenomenon of transnational marriage abandonment: common experiences and why it is a form of domestic abuse
14: 30 – 14:50: SBS’ work to include the phenomenon of transnational marriage abandonment in family law regulations and in immigration law
14:50 – 15:00; group discussion/Q&A regarding the phenomenon of TMA
15:00 – 15:45: different options to assist stranded spouses to return to the UK, with case studies
15:45 – 16:00: Q&A
16:00 – end