Saudi Arabia grants first woman full lawyer practice rights By Jonathan Ames 8 October 2013 00:04 17 December 2015 14:33 Sign in or register to continue reading. It's FREE Sign in Email Password Keep me logged in Forgot your password? Not registered? It's FREE! Register now Register with The Lawyer curzon 8 October 2013 at 07:08 “licensed to practise under their own steam” – could someone translate this British turn of phrase into American English? Reply Link Anonymous 8 October 2013 at 09:40 Sara Aalamri at the Ghazzawi Professional Association is also one of the four women who have been granted licences. Reply Link Anonymous 8 October 2013 at 16:59 Next they’ll be letting them vote! Reply Link Anonymous 8 October 2013 at 17:41 What an awful state of affairs. a terrible country with a medieval mentality Reply Link tool for love 8 October 2013 at 18:36 KSA isn’t perfect but is the UK? Look into the grey faces on the journeymen solicitors traipsing to Liverpool Street and ask yourself what kind of dream they’re living. Reply Link Anonymous 8 October 2013 at 23:27 Women are still not allowed to drive, so let’s not get too excited. A Saudi cleric argued that driving affects women’s ability to give birth (it’s the tilt of the pelvis don’t you know). With “experts” like that being given credence, we are still a long way from any kind of equality. Reply Link Rob 9 October 2013 at 00:53 Does this mean that a male client will be allowed to be alone with a woman lawyer for consultation purposes, or is this an oversight on the part of the authorities? Reply Link Rob 9 October 2013 at 01:14 Curzon – the phrase means in their own right. Reply Link Anonymous 9 October 2013 at 07:17 “Under their own steam” = “in their own right”. Reply Link Anonymous 9 October 2013 at 07:55 Although this is a hugely momentous occasion for Saudi female lawyers and all 4 young women are to be congratulated, since some people seem to be under the wrong impression about which of the 4 exactly got her license first, just wanted to put out there that Sara Aalamri was the first woman to be given the license – her license number precedes the other 3. Reply Link Joe 11 October 2013 at 12:15 Anonymous | 9-Oct-2013 7:55 am Why do not you tell us that you writing on behalf of or you are actually ‘’Sara Aalamri’’ herself! What would be the deference of no 1 or no 4!! Ridicules! Reply Link Anonymouse 11 October 2013 at 12:58 I am intrigued by the statement that this long overdue and admirable move will have any impact at all of the Western firms currently in the Kingdom. Western firms have been here since the opening up of the oil business and the lack of female Saudi lawyers has never caused a moments loss of sleep, I imagine. Why would it? So long as you can get a supply of Western-trained lawyers on the ground to do your work it is surely a matter of indifference whether Saudi female graduates can obtain law licenses. Of course there are brownie points these days for diversity in the grand game of law firm marketing, but from the point of view of getting work in, done and back out the door, is there much room for moral concern about the domestic gender policies of the host country. Reply Link Name Email Cancel reply Threaded commenting powered by interconnect/it code.