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General Business Advice

Why should I get a lawyer involved?

The role of a lawyer differs substantially from country to country. In some countries, the lawyer is seen as (and sees himself as) an advocate. He is there to appear in court and defend the interest of his clients. In other countries there is a longstanding tradition of the lawyer having a much wider role. In England, for example, in the 18th and 19th centuries lawyers were seen as much as 'men or affairs' - people who knew how to navigate the system and who could give sound advice about the management of business opportunities - as just legal technicians.

This broad role for the lawyer and other professional advisors is at the centre of what we believe in at The International Law Partnership Ltd.

Clients - and in particular, foreign clients doing business in a foreign country - need advice that ranges far wider than the simple interpretation of the rules, the drafting of documents and any necessary advocacy. They need help in steering through the local system. They need help in identifying the genuine opportunity from the rubbish that is sometimes peddled to unsuspecting foreigners. They need to understand how what they are doing in, say, Turkey will effect what they wish to do in their own country - and vice versa.

Our local members and, if necessary, our members in your own country will work together to provide you with this comprehensive service.

They understand that such advice needs to be prompt and cost effective.

Giving general advice about your 'foreign' business affairs requires a detailed knowledge of local law, local customs, local taxes and local business methods as well as the same level of knowledge about the law and tax systems in your own country. We cannot stress enough that it is the interaction - and sometimes conflict - between the two systems that creates most of the potential problems and many of the best potential opportunities for saving you time, trouble and money. The savings and improvements in business performance can be huge!

Next steps

Please look at the Legal Guides, videos, MP3 seminars and other materials set out to the right of this page.

If you would like us to help you, please complete our Client Pack and send it back to us. We will contact you to clarify your requirements and then introduce you to the person most appropriate to deal with your case.

If you do not find the information that you need, please send us an email explaining your problem and we will contact you.

© The International Law Partnership Ltd. Page last revised 5 Feb 2010

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