Scope of practice of foreign law firms remains unclear under new Decree
On October 14, 2013, the Government issued Decree No. 123/2013/ND-CP to guide certain provisions and measures for enforcement of the Law on Lawyers (Decree 123). Decree 123, which became effective on November 28, supersedes (i) Government Decree No. 28/2007/ND-CP dated February 26, 2007, detailing and guiding the implementation of a number of articles of the Law on Lawyers, (ii) Government Decree No. 131/2008/ND-CP dated December 31, 2008, guiding the implementation of a number of articles of the Law on Lawyers concerning lawyers’ socio-professional organizations, and (iii) a number of articles of Government Decree No. 05/2012/ND-CP dated February 2, 2012, amending some articles of the Decrees on security transaction registration, legal assistance, lawyers and legal consultancy.
Revising the law on foreign lawyers’ organizations and foreign lawyers
The Law on Lawyers, which was passed on June 26, 2006, and took effect on January 1, 2007, has codified numerous provisions on professional practice in Vietnam by foreign lawyers’ organizations and lawyers, which had previously been scattered in different sublaw documents.