Hogan Lovells Introduces a New Apprenticeship Programme for Lawyers

Announcing the launch of a solicitor apprenticeship programme in association with the CLLS Training Committee, Hogan Lovells is pleased to do so. The company’s dedication to social mobility and its Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion agenda are both advanced by this programme.

A group of top City law firms, the CLLS Training Committee, has as its goal the introduction of 100 solicitor apprentices each year among its members. The goal of the Solicitor Apprenticeship Scheme is to increase the firm’s market reach and find new talent.

The Scheme’s application period will begin in the fall of 2023, and evaluation centres will take place in the early spring of 2024. Each apprenticeship will last six years and will begin with the first group of solicitor apprentices joining Hogan Lovells in September 2024. Hogan Lovells plans to employ up to 14 legal trainees in the UK at any given time.

This exciting development is a crucial step in the firm’s strategy to draw in and keep the best people while advancing inclusivity and diversity in the legal sector. Hogan Lovells also committed to recognising UK legal apprenticeships as an equitable route to a legal career last year.

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Women’s Rights in Saudi Arabia

Women’s rights are the rights and entitlements claimed for women and girls worldwide. They formed the basis for the women’s rights movement in the 19th century and the feminist movements during the 20th and 21st centuries.

Over the past two years, citizens of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have witnessed huge legal reforms related to women’s rights. The most anticipated and exiting amendments were recently announced pursuant to Royal Decree number dated 27/11/1440 corresponding to 30/07/2019.

This decree constituted the amendment of four different laws, granting men and women equal civil rights, as well as freedom of independent movement, while ensuring equality for women in the work place.

The first amendment was made to the travel documents law. The change allows women to now issue, renew, and receive their own passports, instead of restricting this right to male citizens. Prior to this amendment, passports of female citizens used to be issued only after a request submitted by their male guardians, following which, only the guardian was authorised to receive it.

In addition, a Saudi woman was required to carry a travel permit issued by her male guardian, through the Saudi immigration directorate, in order to travel outside the country. Following the recent reforms, these restrictions have been lifted, allowing Saudi women over the age of 21 to request the issuance of their own passports and travel outside of KSA without needing permissions from their male legal guardians.

Another very important right given to Saudi women, as a result of the Decree, is the right for a divorced or widowed mother, holding the custody of her children, to have the authority to issue their passports and travel permissions.

The recent reforms also include amendments to the Saudi labour law, especially with regards to women’s rights. It began by changing the definition of an ‘employee’, stipulated in article two of the law, to state that ‘an employee is any natural person – male or female – who works for an employer…..’ This amendment is a huge recognition of Saudi women’s role and contribution at the workplace.

The amendments to the labour law also state that work is a right of every citizen, without any discrimination based on sex, disability, age, etc. In addition, it restricts an employer’s right to terminate a female employee’s contract in case of absence resulting from her pregnancy or any illness related thereto, as long as such absence does not exceed 180 days a year, whether consecutive or intermitted. This restriction is expected to safeguard working moms’ interests and rights.

The new Saudi labour law demonstrates perfect equality between the two genders at the workplace, in addition to accommodating special provisions that Saudi women may require in certain situations. The recent changes bring Saudi women closer to equality and recognise their importance to the government and economy as a productive, well-respected member of the society.

Witnessing such amendments fills every Saudi women’s heart with pride and a sense of fulfilment. It has been a great year for women in Saudi Arabia and I am proud to be one.