All law firms and legal practices in Maldives are mandated to register at the Bar Council by June 15, 2020, as per the regulations that came into effect last week.
According to the regulations on registering law firms and legal practices, the relevant entities should inform the Bar Council if any changes occur to their information, including that of their partners.
The regulations also accord the Bar Council the authority to take action should the firms and practices submit falsifications or deliberately withhold information.
Any legal service provided by two or more lawyers are required to be done so under a partnership between the stakeholders, with total 80 percent of the shares accorded to the lawyers who hold licenses. The regulations state that only the law firms meeting these requirements will be registered at the Bar Council.
Moreover, any lawyer looking to provide legal service as an individual must be registered as a sole proprietorship, per the regulations.