Legal Profession (Amendment No. 2) Bill

Bill No. 26/1991

Read the first time on 29th July 1991.
An Act to amend the Legal Profession Act (Chapter 161 of the 1990 Revised Edition).
Be it enacted by the President with the advice and consent of the Parliament of Singapore, as follows:
Short title and commencement
1.  This Act may be cited as the Legal Profession (Amendment No. 2) Act 1991 and shall come into operation on such date as the Minister may, by notification in the Gazette, appoint.
New section 34A
2.  The Legal Profession Act is amended by inserting, immediately after section 34, the following section:
Sections 32 and 33 not to extend to certain arbitration proceedings
34A.—(1)  For the avoidance of doubt, it is hereby declared that sections 32 and 33 shall not extend to any person acting as an advocate and solicitor in —
(a)proceedings before an arbitrator or umpire lawfully acting under any written law relating to arbitration (referred to in this section as arbitration proceedings) where the law, designated by the parties or otherwise determined by the rules of the conflict of laws, as applicable to the dispute to which the proceedings relate is not the law of Singapore; and
(b)arbitration proceedings, where the applicable law referred to in paragraph (a) is the law of Singapore, if that person appears in the proceedings jointly with an advocate and solicitor who has in force a practising certificate.
(2)  Nothing in this section shall be construed as derogating from or adversely affecting any power or right of any person to appear or act in arbitration proceedings or in connection therewith.”.