Second year SMU law student, Jing “Brad” Luo, recently had an article of his on China lawyer ethics published in China Law & Practice Magazine. A law student getting an article published in such a prestigious magazine (in his second language, no less) is really quite a feat. The article is entitled, Chinese Law on Lawyers Amended: Progress Made and to Be Made, and though a subscription is required to see the whole article, Brad nicely summarizes it on his own blog, with a post, entitled, Legal Ethics, In Chinese Style
My gross summary of Brad’s summary is that China’s new ethical rules for lawyers expand a bit on both the scope of confidentiality of client information and on what constitutes a conflict of interest, but on neither front have the rules gone far enough to make Western clients feel terribly comfortable.
I previously wrote on why this discomfort is necessary in a post, entitled, “China Lawyer Ethics — Perils And Pitfalls For Foreign Companies,” which post, in turn, was based on two of Brad’s previous posts (here and here) on China lawyer ethics.
Now I know you non-lawyers (if you have even gotten this far) are thinking that none of this has anything to do with you, but you are going to just have to trust me that if you have ever hired a China lawyer or China-based law firm or are even contemplating doing so, you need to read the above posts.