Singapore considers setting up legal regulator

January 29, 2014 The government in Singapore is considering setting up a new Legal Services Regulatory Authority, under the jurisdiction of the Law Ministry, to regulate the activities of domestic and foreign law firms.

The regulatory body was proposed by a Law Ministry committee reviewing regulation of the legal market. It would would combine the functions of the Law Society of Singapore - which regulates law firms - and the Attorney-General’s Chambers role looking after foreign law firms and the registration of foreign lawyers.

The committee also backed a proposal to introduce Alternative Business Structures in the Singapore market, and recommended that the regulator would oversee those too.

The Law Ministry also announced that it would soon introduce a set of rules for professional conduct that would apply to all practising lawyers in Singapore.

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