Regulation Directory project - Singapore
Regulator(s) of Admission
Singapore Institute of Legal Education (SILE), The Law Society of Singapore (Law Society) and the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC). - SILE ensures that every person who wishes to seek admission met the qualifications for admission before a petition for admission hearing is scheduled. The Law Society and the AGC asses fitness of character for admission as an advocate and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore after the petition for admission has been filed in the Supreme Court.
Regulator(s) of Practice
The Legal Services Regulatory Authority (“LSRA”) was established as a department under the Ministry of Law on 18 November 2015. The LSRA performs the following key functions, previously undertaken by the Attorney-General’s Chambers’ Legal Profession Secretariat and the Law Society: Licenses or registers all law practice entities; Sets and reviews the business criteria and licence conditions relevant to different law practice structures; Oversees the compliance by law practice entities of the business criteria and licence conditions; Approves collaborative arrangements of Singapore Law Practices involving foreign ownership, profit-sharing or concurrent partnership; and Registers foreign-qualified lawyers and regulated non-practitioners.
Law Society receives complaint of professional misconduct for both local lawyers as well as foreign lawyers registered with LSRA to practise foreign law in Singapore. When a complaint against a lawyer for professional misconduct under Section 85(1) Legal Profession Act is received by the Law Society, the Council of the Law Society is required to refer the complaint to the Chairman of the Inquiry Panel (an independent panel appointed by the Chief Justice) for review by a Review Committee. If a complaint involves a foreign lawyer, a registered foreign lawyer is involved in every stage of the disciplinary proceedings save for the Court of 3 Judges.
Other Bodies involved in Regulation of the Legal Profession
Professional Conduct Council This is a new institution chaired by the Chief Justice with representatives drawn from the Judiciary, Law Society and the Attorney-General’s Chambers to review and redraft conduct rules applicable to both local and foreign lawyers.
Primary Legislative Source
Legal Profession Act (Chapter 161) Legal Profession (Professional Conduct) Rules Legal Profession (International Services) Rules 2008 Legal Profession (Qualified Persons) Rules Legal Profession (Admission) Rules Legal Profession (Law Practice Entities) Rules 2015 Legal Profession (Regulated Individuals) Rules 2015 Legal Profession (Modified Application of Act for International Services) Rules 2015