Session details

6th Asia Pacific Regional Forum Biennial Conference

27 Feb - 1 Mar 2019

Hotel New Otani

Session information

Collaboration of lawyers/law firms and bar associations in their jurisdiction
Hotel New Otani


Asia Pacific Regional Forum (Lead)


Business lawyers and law firms often do not have intimate relationships with bar associations because their business law do not require assistance from them. On the other hand, they are obligated to comply with rules of the bar that, in their view, sometimes constitute obstacles to their business law practice. However, independence of lawyers and lawyers’ rights are protected by efforts of the bars and the bars also have worked to enhance their members’ international activities such as foreign lawyers activities in different jurisdictions. Such collaboration between lawyers/law firms and the bar associations would be necessary for both enhancement of rule of law and business activities. This session will discuss which activities both parties can collaborate.

Session / Workshop Chair(s)

Steven Richman J.D. Clark Hill, Princeton, New Jersey, USA; BIC Officer
Kimitoshi Yabuki Yabuki Law Offices, Tokyo, Japan; BIC Chair


Fiona McLeod AO SC AO SC Victorian Bar, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; BIC Officer
Yoshiaki Muto Baker McKenzie, Tokyo, Japan
Gregory Vijayendran SC The Law Society of Singapore, Singapore, Singapore; President / ChairpersonThe Law Society of Singapore