World's 100 Most Powerful Arabs 2014
Wed 26 Mar 2014 03:56 PM
Bayan Mahmoud Al Zahran

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 next few 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.

Kingdom’s first

Al Zahran had been working as a legal consultant in Saudi Arabia for several years before she was allowed to become a fully licensed lawyer last year.