Published: 31/10/2010 10:39 am
Kamilia, the first female registered lawyer in Oman, has spent two decades on the job, going to various ministries, setting up companies and walking in and out of courts and police stations
Kamilia al Busaidy is remarkably soft spoken for a lawyer. But what many of her clients find more surprising is that she's Omani. After all, its not a profession many women choose for themselves. But Kamilia, the first female registered lawyer in Oman, has spent two decades on the job, going to various ministries, setting up companies and walking in and out of courts and police stations. Her mission was always clear - helping people understand their right to legal protection. We have a lot of laws that serve people, but they don't know how to use these laws to protect and benefit themselves."
Kamilia studied law at Cairo University, returned to Oman in 1990 and then obtained a legal consultancy license. She worked for nearly ten years at Trowers & Hamlins, where she handled corporate, labour, criminal and Shariah cases. When the Lawyers' Law was passed in the sultanate in 1997, she was the first Omani woman to register. Things have changed since then, with a lot more Omanis studying and practising law. "But most of them prefer to work in legal departments of government agencies or private companies instead of practising law," she says.
Working long hours and extensive travelling are part of the job. She also likes to unwind with some casual photography when she can find the time. "I hope I can inspire the younger generation, especially women, to enter the legal profession," says Kamilia."