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On 4 September 2021, it was announced that a Code of Conduct for Legal Professionals (the Code) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) had been approved.
Rules of professional conduct for lawyers are an essential part of any legal system. Law is a profession that is based on a relationship of trust and confidence between a lawyer and their client. In order for that trust and confidence to be maintained, certain standards of conduct need to be met. That is as true in Saudi Arabia as it is in any other jurisdiction.
The Code, which has been issued pursuant to Royal Decree no (M/38) concerning the Code of Law Practice, is broken up in to 8 chapters which cover all aspects of legal practice in KSA. The key provisions are summarised below:
As can be seen, the Code has much in common with the Solicitors Regulation Authority Code of Conduct in the UK and provides a reasonably comprehensive framework for the regulation of lawyers practising in KSA.
The introduction of the Code is a welcome development in KSA and should give confidence to consumers of legal services in the Kingdom that they can expect a minimum level of service and professionalism similar to that which they would enjoy in a common law jurisdiction.
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