Singapore government considers easing restrictions on foreign lawyers

March 11, 2011 The Singapore government has announced that it is considering a move to further liberalise its rules on allowing foreign lawyers to practice in the country, and has plans to conduct a review the six foreign law firms that have been granted licenses under the existing scheme.

The six law firms have increased their headcount by over 200 lawyers since the scheme was launched more than two years ago. Minister for Law K Shanmugam said: "The scheme is achieving one of our desired outcomes, the attraction of more legal talent to Singapore, while at the same time providing more exciting opportunities for local lawyers to work in top international law firms without having to leave Singapore."


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