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Bayan Mahmoud Al Zahran

Bayan Mahmoud Al Zahran

Industry: Law

Designation: Lawyer

Country: Saudi Arabia

Not content with becoming the first Saudi female practising lawyer last year, Bayan Mahmoud Al Zahran went one better in January by opening the country’s first ever all-female practice.

Its brief? To fight for the rights of local women and help courts to understand legal disputes from a female perspective. One can only assume that she is likely to be extremely busy in the coming years.

Al Zahran had been working as a legal consultant for several years before she was allowed to become a fully licensed lawyer last year, along with three other women, Jihan Qurban, Sarra Al Omarri and Ameera Quqani.

She became the first female lawyer to defend a client last year when she appeared in the General Court in Jeddah.

“I believe women lawyers can contribute a lot to the legal system,” Al Zahran told local media.

“This law firm will make a difference in the history of court cases and female disputes in the kingdom. This is a very positive step toward the Saudi court and justices as right now, we are four female lawyers who got the license, but I am hopeful that in future, the number will increase.”