Saudi Arabia: Legal Practice Law Amended

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Saudi Arabia: Legal Practice Law Amended

Saudi Gazette, 18 February 2022: Saudi Arabia’s Justice Minister has announced the Cabinet has approved proposed amendments to the Kingdom’s Legal Practice Law.

The amendments specify new conditions for foreign law firms in Saudi Arabia.

They create a regulatory framework for foreign law firms and include a number of conditions which foreign offices must meet to obtain a licence to practice the profession in the Kingdom.

In addition, they include a number of provisions which will contribute to improving the efficiency of the profession.

The amendment reduces the period of experience required to obtain a lawyer’s licence in the Kingdom from three to two years.

The rule which allowed unlicenced agents to plead has also been repealed.

This move is aimed at protecting the legal profession, improving its standards and developing the control of professional obligations and responsibilities.

There are also procedures for filing and reviewing disciplinary cases, boosting the principles of integrity and transparency and ensuring the necessary guarantees are provided.

They are aimed at developing and supporting the law profession in the country.

The Justice and Commerce Ministries and Saudi Bar Association have been involved in the drafting of the amendments.

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Benjamin Filaferro