Arabian blight

It’s well known that moving Western lawyers to Saudi Arabia and keeping them there isn’t an easy thing to do.

The prospect of no drinking at the end of every working day and working in the sweltering heat seems, bizarrely, to put many lawyers off.

But not everyone. The conservative way of life in Saudi Arabia holds no fear for some. As one well-known recruiter who covers the Middle East puts it: “There’s one benefit – the wife isn’t allowed to work.”

A warning to those attempting to sell that job in Saudi to the family: the trouble and strife may not adopt quite the same view.