Circular No: 258/2021
Date: 26 November 2021
a) the number of member firms in a GLP to 5;
b) the number of advocates and solicitors in a member firm of a GLP to a maximum of 5;
c) firms with branches from joining a GLP; and
d) GLPs from having branch offices.
These restrictions have the effect of:
i. preventing GLPs from expanding/stifling the growth of member firms of a GLP;
ii. discouraging advocates and solicitors from embracing a GLP structure;
iii. irrationally restricting freedom of association; and
iv. unjustifiably/arbitrarily placing a restraint on business.
In the Consultation Paper, the KLBC made provisional recommendations to abolish the above mentioned restrictions. The recommendations would allow small firms and group legal practices to be more competitive. This would in turn benefit the public as they would have greater access to and/or choice in legal service providers.
Members’ views and/or feedback were canvassed over 3 months from October 2019 to January 2020.
After consideration of members’ views and/or feedback, a Final Report on the GLP Rules was prepared by PRC’s Surendra Ananth on 25 February 2021.
Currently, the decision by the Bar Council on whether to adopt the Final Report and to lobby the Attorney-General to abolish the restrictions is pending.
Kuala Lumpur Bar Committee