Lawyers in Singapore

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Lawyers in Singapore are part of a fused profession, meaning that they may act as both a solicitor and as an advocate, although lawyers usually specialize in one of litigation, conveyancing or corporate law.[1]

The number of lawyers in Singapore has declined in the first decade of the 21st century.[2] There were 3,300 lawyers in 2006.[3] Parliament approved changes in 2009 to replace the 'pupillage' system with structured training, and to make it easier for lawyers to return to practise.[4]

International law firms are generally limited to corporate, finance and banking law.

In 2007, there were 4200 lawyers practising law in Singapore, up from 4000 in 2002.[5]

In July 2009, there were 95 foreign firms with offices in Singapore, and 840 foreign lawyers, up from 576 in 2000.[6][7] Six international firms were given license to practice local corporate law for the first time in December 2008.[8]

In 2012, there were 5200 lawyers practising in Singapore, according to statistics from the Ministry of Law.[5]

Large firms such as Rajah & Tann Asia and Allen & Gledhill constitute about 20% of the law industry's practitioners.[5]

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  1. ^ Ewing-Chow, Michael; Aedit Abdullah (1999). "The Structure of the Legal Profession". In Kevin Tan. The Singapore legal system (2 ed.). NUS Press. p. 531. ISBN 9971-69-213-9. 
  2. ^ Nee, Seah Chiang (14 June 2008). "Interest in the professions dropping". Malaysia Star. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  3. ^ "Number of lawyers in Singapore shrinks". Legalbrief Today. 6 July 2006. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  4. ^ Lum, Selina (19 August 2009). "Changes to legal profession". Straits Times. Archived from the original on 23 August 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  5. ^ a b c
  6. ^ Kong, Loh Chee (7 December 2007). "Carrots for lawyers to stay in S'pore". Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  7. ^ Tan, Andrea (31 August 2009). "Singapore to Make Billions Handling Cross-Border Arbitrations". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  8. ^ Tan, Andrea (11 August 2009). "Singapore Won’t ‘Turn Back,’ Will License New Foreign Law Firms". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 

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