The New York City Bar is pushing to change the state’s rules governing attorney conflicts and discipline to better accommodate lawyers and law firms that practice both here and in other states and countries.

The proposed changes, outlined in a 20-page report, would allow New York lawyers handling non-litigation matters, such as deals and investigations, to follow attorney conduct rules in place outside the state. The city bar also proposed limiting the extent New York’s ethics rules are applied outside the state, something the bar group said has caused an “unnecessary restriction on client choice.”

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