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. There were 95 foreign firms with offices in Singapore in July 2009, and 840 foreign lawyers, up from 576 in 2000.[5][6] Six international firms were given license to practice local corporate law for the first time in December 2008.[7]

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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. Retrieved 2009-10-02. [dead link]
  5. ^ Kong, Loh Chee (7 December 2007). "Carrots for lawyers to stay in S'pore". Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  6. ^ Tan, Andrea (31 August 2009). "Singapore to Make Billions Handling Cross-Border Arbitrations". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  7. ^ 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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