In a defining moment in the Kingdom’s history, Bayan Mahmoud Al-Zahran has launched Saudi Arabia’s first all female law firm in Jeddah, the centre of western Saudi Arabia.
Al-Zahran became the first female to be granted a license to practice law in Saudi Arabia in October, and appeared at the General Court in Jeddah for the first time in November 2013. Previously, Al-Zahran had spent several years working as a legal consultant, representing both males and females in criminal and civil cases, but until October no woman had been able to gain attorney status.
Along with three more female lawyers, Al-Zahran aims to use the firm to represent women in Saudi Arabia. She said:
“I believe women lawyers can contribute a lot to the legal system. This law firm will make a difference in the history of court cases and female disputes in the Kingdom. I am very hopeful and thank everyone who has supported me in taking this historical step.”
“Our activity is not restricted to cases involving only women. Saudi Arabia’s legal system treats men and women equally and a lawyer has the right to represent men and women.”
The partnership between the lawyers is a remarkable step forward for women in Saudi Arabia, as Al-Zahran’s male counterparts often find female cases difficult to understand and handle.
Taking partnerships into the 21st century
Bayan Mahmoud Al-Zahran’s achievement is a truly historical one in the landscape of Shariah law, and should represent the beginning of something positive for women in the country.
Taking law into the 21st century is not only important issue in eastern areas of the globe, but also for many UK business partnerships. This predominantly applies to those begun without a partnership agreement which are then automatically subject to the rules stipulated in The Partnership Act 1890.
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