APEC economy: Malaysia; Jurisdiction: West Malaysia

Temporary practice ('fly-in, fly-out' practice)

There is no express rule allowing temporary practice by foreign lawyers.

Limited licensing of foreign lawyers (foreign legal consultant rules)

A foreign lawyer cannot obtain a limited licence entitling them to offer advisory services in foreign and international law (ie become a foreign legal consultant).

Full licensing

A foreign lawyer can obtain a full licence to practise law in this jurisdiction.

The relevant legislation is the Legal Profession Act 1976. The relevant bodies are the Malaysian Bar Council and the Attorney-General of Malaysia (under section 28A of the Legal Profession Act 1976).

Details of the requirements established in order to obtain a full licence to practise law in Malaysiaare detailed in the database. These requirements are the same as for the rules applicable to a local application.

Commercial association between lawyers and law firms

In this jurisdiction:

Foreign lawyers and firms are treated the same as local lawyers in the application of these rules.

Other regulatory issues

In this jurisdiction:


Category Name Website or other contact details
Organisation(s) that controls licensing of lawyers Malaysian Bar Council www.malaysianbar.org.my
Peak professional association representing the legal profession Malaysian Bar Council www.malaysianbar.org.my
Other associations playing a significant role in developing policy for the legal profession Sabah Law Association www.sabah.org.my/sabahlaw/mainpage.htm