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Are there any explicit rules or restrictions other than visas on fly in fly out practice of law? Ie. Do you need to obtain a licence for temporary practice? The rules governing temporary practice by foreign lawyers relate primarily to appearance in court and require the foreign lawyer to register and practise from a 'host' local law firm.
Can a foreign lawyer obtain a visa to visit clients or to market but not to practice? Business visas of up to six month duration may be obtained on the invitation of a local business or Ministry.
Can a foreign lawyer obtain a licence to establish and practise as a foreign legal consultant and what is the scope of this limited licence? According to Article 6 of Law 91-04, it is possible for a foreign lawyer to obtain a limited licence to defend and act on behalf of litigants in an Algerian Judicial Body. In order to obtain this licence the foreign lawyer must be granted a licence for that purpose by the competent regional Chairman of the Bar and must operate from the office of a local lawyer practising in the jurisdiction of the relevant Judicial Council. This licence may be cancelled at any stage.
Are there any conditions that must be fulfilled once a foreign lawyer has been granted a limited licence (e.g. residency requirement) Once granted a limited licence, the foreign lawyer must practice from the office of a local lawyer.
Are there any conditions that must be fulfilled for a foreign lawyer to qualify for a limited licence? (e.g. prior practice) The foreign lawyer must be in good standing with his home bar or licensing authority.
Are foreign lawyers permitted to undertake arbitration and mediation? Foreign lawyers are permitted to undertake international arbitration in Algeria. Where domestic arbitration provides for the appointment of a lawyer, the Bar Council will appoint an arbitrator from amongst its members, who are by definition Algerian nationals.
Are foreign lawyers allowed to appear in court under any circumstances? Following article 6 of Law 91-04, a foreign lawyer may obtain a special licence to appear before an Algerian judicial body under certain circumstances.
Can foreign lawyers requalify as local lawyers? There is no provision for a foreign lawyer to requalify as an Algerian lawyer because of the nationality condition.
Can a foreign law firm obtain a licence to open an office? A foreign law firm may not obtain a licence to open an office unless this is registered as a local law firm by Algerian lawyers.
Even if a foreign law firm does not require a legal licence must they register in some form in order to set up an office? (e.g. with a ministry of company affairs etc) N/A
Are there different types of foreign law firm 'licence' (e.g. Joint Law Venture, stand alone foreign licence etc) N/A
Is there a quota on the number of licences available? N/A
Are there geographical restrictions on foreign firm licences or on the number of branches a foreign firm can have? N/A
Are there "scope of practice" rules that apply directly to foreign law firms (as opposed to lawyers themselves)? (e.g. home, host, international law), if so, what are they? N/A
Are there restrictions on the corporate form a foreign law firm can take? N/A
Are there rules about the name a foreign law firm can take? N/A
What entity grants a 'license' to a foreign law firm? If that entity is on the Internet, please provide the URL N/A
Are there restrictions on the ownership share of foreign lawyers in a law firm? A 51% rule on local ownership stipulates that any foreign company investing in Algeria must be majority owned by an Algerian company
May a domestic lawyer be employed by a foreign lawyer or law firm? Only lawyers who are members of one of Algeria’s 11 Bar Associations can practise as advocates and run law firms
Can a domestic lawyer enter into partnership with a foreign lawyer? Algerian lawyers may only enter into partnerships with other lawyers who are registered with one of the Algerian Bars (article 151 of the Rules governing the Legal Profession 1996).
Can a domestic lawyer or domestic law firm employ a foreign lawyer? There is nothing in the law to prevent an Algerian lawyer employing a foreign lawyer as a legal consultant, provided that foreign lawyers does not practise law in Algeria.

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