Summary of Foreign MDP Activitiy

Summary of Foreign MDP Activitiy

Last updated:  08/24/09

OrganizationCategoryStatus
Law Council of AustraliaProPolicy on Lawyers' Business Structures, adopted October 2001. 

Law Society of New South WalesPermittedLegal Profession Act 2004 and Regulations 2005.

New Zealand Law SocietyNot PermittedRule of Professional Conduct last amended Jan. 1, 1996.

Canadian Bar AssociationProResolution adopted August 19-20, 2000.

Resolution adopted Feb. 17, 2001 added certain restrictions.

Federation of Law Societies of CanadaNeutralReport of the National MDP Committee of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada (2000 Annual Meeting)
Law Society of Upper CanadaPermits Variations

Multi-Disciplinary Practice Task Force Report to Convocation (September 21, 2000)

Supplementary Material to the Multi-Disciplinary Practice Task Force Report

Multi-Disciplinary Practice Task Force Implementation Phase (April 26, 2001)

Supplementary Material to the Multi-Disciplinary Practice Task Force Report Implementation Phase

By-Law 25 last amended May 24, 2001, permits partnering with nonlawyers for practice of law only.

By-Law 32 last amended Sept. 28, 2001, permits affiliations with entities that deliver non-legal services.

Law Society of British ColumbiaRejectedIn December 2001, Benchers rejected a set of proposed Law Society rules that would have allowed lawyers to engage in multidisciplinary practice with non-lawyers.

Ontario Bar AssociationPro

The Report of Canadian Bar Association-Ontario Committee on Multi-Disciplinary Practices And the Legal Profession (May 11, 2000)

Council approved resolution on December 8, 2000.

Brussels (French)Permits VariationAgreement entered into with CPAs on January 6, 2000 permits partnerships only with separate billing.
Law Society of England and WalesPro

Report of the Review of the Regulatory Framework for Legal Services in England and Wales (Clementi Report) (December 2004)

The Legal Services Act 2007

FrancePermittedNational Bar Council adopted in March 1999.

GermanyPermittedFederal legislation expressly permits as of October 1994.

NetherlandsPermits Some VariationsRegulation adopted in 1993 permits members of the bar to enter into partnership with certain professional categories, but not accountants. In Feb. 2002, the court ruled that it is permissible for such a regulation to prohibit multidisciplinary partnerships between members of the Bar and accountants.

Law Society of ScotlandConPolicy adopted on June 29, 2000.

Council of the Bars and Law Societies of the European Union
(CCBE)
Con

Position of CCBE on Integrated Forms of Co-operation Between Lawyers and Persons Outside the Legal Profession, adopted in Athens on November 12th, 1999.

Analysis of the Nova I Judgement and Guidance to Bars on Professional Rules following Nova I Decision (May 2002)

UIANeutral 

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