Saudi Minister of Justice Walid bin Mohammed al-Samaani issued a decree authorizing Gulf lawyers to practice the profession of law in the Kingdom.
This will be done by adding an article to the executive regulation of the law system stating that “the lawyer who holds the nationality of a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council shall be included in the schedule of practising lawyers and issued a license to practice the legal profession, if he is licensed in his own country.”
The decision also required that the Gulf lawyer’s license issued by his country should be in force, in accordance with the conditions and regulations set out in the law and its executive regulations, except for the residency requirement.
The decision included the addition of an article to the regulation of the law of the legal system stating that foreign law firms may not be restricted unless each partner is licensed to practice the legal profession in the Kingdom in accordance with the conditions and regulations set out in the regulations and rules, in the cases where the lawyers may be authorized of foreigners.
This decision is based on the request of the Council of Ministers of the Ministry of Justice to review the provisions contained in the regulations of the Law on the legal system concerning the conditions and restrictions on the practice of practicing the legal profession of citizens of the Gulf Cooperation Council states, without prejudice to the application of full equality of treatment between Citizens of the GCC States.