The vast majority of Thailand’s lawyers and law firms are in Bangkok. Law firms range in size from small and solo practices to large mega firms which are part of an international network.
We define an international law firm as a law firm that performs international transactions whether it is part of a multinational firm or is independent. International law generally means international commercial law. Firms concentrating on international business law, or having primarily foreign clients, are usually larger firms. Of these firms, there has been a number that has recently entered the market in response to a demand created by the economic crisis and the restructuring and insolvency work generated from there.
Most of the international law firms avoid criminal, domestic and immigration cases, or perform them only as a service to their existing commercial clients.
So a client would generally have to partake of the services of a smaller local firm for cases such as these. Many of these smaller firms provide lawyers and legal functions of very high quality and can offer solutions that larger firms are not. Many of these smaller firms are known only locally and do not have a web presence.
There are numerous translation services, but they generally do not provide analysis. The most significant barrier to a foreign law firm, organization or individual researching Thailand law is the language. Although there are English language translations of the most critical Thailand legal documents, the resources are still far from comprehensive. Smaller firms generally do not have the foreign language abilities to translate Thai law correctly into English or other languages. The international firms may do research, but their prices are, of course, higher than the non-international firms. Few services specialize exclusively in research and translation.
Here are Legal Companies we received positive feedback about:
Legal Advisory Council Limited – LACL, A Bangkok-based law firm and notarial services attorney in Thailand.
Kamthorn Surachet & Somsak – KSS provides legal services for international clients in Thailand.
Blumenthal Richter & Sumet Co., Ltd. – Blumenthal Richter & Sumet (BRS) is a full-service independent law firm that has been operating in Thailand since 1976. BRS has been ranked consistently as a ‘Leading Law Firm’ by the profession’s leading independent legal directories, including Chambers and The Legal 500.
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