Part VII of the Advocates Ordinance deals with the liberalisation of practise for foreign law firms or foreign lawyers to practise in Sabah.
However, section 23 of the Advocates Ordinance (Sabah) (Amendment) Act 2017 (which introduces Part VII of the Advocates Ordinance) shall only come into force on a date to be appointed after the same has been adopted in the State of Sabah by an enactment of the State Legislature.
The following is a brief summary of the relevant provisions in Part VII.
“Foreign Law”: Law of any state or territory other than Malaysia
“Foreign Law Firm”: a foreign law firm that provides legal services in any foreign law and includes a corporation established to practise law by the appropriate licensing authority of a state other than Malaysia
- person duly authorised / registered to practise law in a state / territory other than Malaysia; and
Foreign law firm must be licensed
Foreign law firm practising without license liable to a fine not exceeding RM 100,000
Selection Committee comprises of the following person:
Meetings co-chaired by State AG and President of SLS
Quorum of Selection Committee Meeting is 3
All decisions to be made by affirmative vote of majority of members of Selection Committee present and voting
Selection Committee to inform SLS of it’s recommendation as to the granting of license under s. 14F, 14G, 14H or registration of foreign lawyer under s. 14J
|Partnership between a Sabah and Foreign Law Firm
|Qualified Foreign Law Firm
|Application by Foreign Law Firm to practise in Sabah
|Employment of Foreign Lawyer by Sabah or Foreign Law Firm