Limited liability

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The EBC continues to recommend the introduction of a limited liability structure for lawyers in Japan, in line with the practice in many other countries, for the benefit not only of foreign but also Japanese lawyers. For foreign lawyers, this could be achieved by permitting them to operate through a branch of their home entity, rather than as separate individuals.


  • A limited liability structure should be made available in Japan for both foreign and domestic law firms, and foreign firms should be able to practise in Japan through branches of their international firms. This could be achieved by an overhaul of the existing gaiben system to permit foreign lawyers to operate in Japan through branches of their home entity.