The Malaysian Bar Council has confirmed that the proposed total prohibition on foreign lawyers flying in and out of Malaysia to provide legal services will be lifted.

At a roundtable meeting with Law Society officials and representatives of international law firms in Kuala Lumpur on 10th June, the Malaysian Bar Council confirmed that the Legal Profession Amendment Act 2012 will be amended to remove the ban.

Foreign lawyers advising on non-Malaysian law will be permitted to fly in and out of Malaysia for upto 60 days in a calendar year.

The amendments will also include clarification that arbitration activities by foreign lawyers will be carved out and not affected by the new regulatory regime.

The amended act is expected to go before Parliament on the 24th of June and together with the regulations, will be made public by October 2014, with implementation expected on 1st January 2014.

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