Saudi and surely

The event has been running since 1911 to press for women’s social and political rights. Back then there was no female suffrage in the UK and women couldn’t sit Law Society exams because they weren’t deemed to be “persons” under the 1843 Solicitors Act.

The presence of women in law firm senior management and the growth of female-friendly policies such as flexible working shows that change is happening, albeit at a slow pace (see story).

But if the pace of change is slow over here, spare a thought for sisters in Saudi Arabia.

There, women only began being awarded law degrees three years ago and still can’t officially practice as lawyers.

That could all change though with a new law in the pipeline that would allow Saudi women to act in family cases.

But one Saudi lawyer argues that there are fundamental changes that need to be ironed out first to the “bureaucratic, arbitrary and inconsistent” Saudi legal system (see opinion).

And given that Saudi women cannot vote, drive or travel abroad without the permission of a male guardian, becoming a lawyer is probably pretty low down on the list of priorities.

Also Freshfields has swapped its Saudi sponsor for his father. Find out why here.