Japan set to ramp up restrictions on junior staff
Japan's umbrella Bar group has shaken up the country's international legal community by stating that all foreign lawyers, regardless of position, must be formally registered to practise. Most foreign law firm partners are registered as gaikokuho-jimu-bengoshi, or gaiben, but the majority of associates and counsel are not. In a letter issued on 27 January, the Japan Federation of Bar Associations stated that "even if a lawyer qualified in a foreign country who has not been registered as a registered foreign lawyer is not a partner, but an associate, assistant, advisor, consultant, of counsel or any person with another title or position, providing any service that is substantially a legal service will constitute a violation of Article 72 of the Attorney Act."
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