Phuoc & Partners Vietnam International Law Firm

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Phuoc & Partners Attorneys At Law

Profile & Practice

Q&A - Profile & Practice

1. Why should I select your firm as my lawyer?

We have a solid team of lawyers and consultants made up of almost 60 graduates of prestigious universities in Vietnam and abroad, including two Doctors of Law and seven Masters of Law (LLM) who are proficient in the use of English. With offices in three of Vietnam’s commercial, political and cultural centres – Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Danang – we have nearly 15 years of legal practice experience in Vietnam. We are fully capable of providing legal services packages for organizational and individual clients in Vietnam and overseas in all legal areas, including but not limited to tax, labour, investment, real estate, dispute resolution, intellectual property, shipping, commerce, debt collection and civil law in all cities and provinces in Vietnam.

For more than 15 years, nearly 2,000 clients, both foreign and Vietnamese organizations and individuals, have trusted and employed our legal services; our law firm consistently demonstrating a professionalism, in depth legal knowledge, experience and dedication to the provision of legal services to our clients. Moreover, for many consecutive years our law firm has been assessed independently by well-known directories of international law such as Legal 500, Asia Law, Chambers & Partners, ALB as one of the leading law firms in Vietnam. In the beginning of 2013, the Vietnam Bar Federation awarded our law firm the Certificate of Merit for good performance in legal practice in 2012.

As a leading Vietnamese-International law firm, we not only have a comprehensive knowledge of Vietnamese law, but also a sound knowledge of international law. With many years of experience in legal practice in Vietnam, we have a thorough understanding of the local language, customs, practices, culture, society, and people of Vietnam. With a reasonable and diversified range of service fees, we have achieved the best results in the provision of legal advice as well as protection of the legal rights of our clients in Vietnam.

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2. Is there any difference between hiring a solo practice lawyer and a prestigious law firm like Phuoc & Partners?

Yes, there are some very fundamental differences. Firstly, with a large team of lawyers and consultants, and a long list of large clients with large transactions/disputes, a prestigious law firm like Phuoc & Partners can advise on various complex legal fields with large workloads at the same time. Secondly, with offices located in many places in Vietnam, prestigious law firms can easily do the clients work anywhere with a minimum travelling cost. Thirdly, the legal service fees of prestigious law firms are usually higher than those of solo practice lawyers, however this is due to (1) administrative costs of office operation (office rental, human resources, professional training, business development costs, etc.), and (2) in order to serve clients, a prestigious law firm must maintain a full complement of lawyers and support staff in many different legal fields at many locations, so their wage cost is high.

Therefore, depending on what type of legal work you require, your location and your budget, whether the transaction/dispute be complex, large or small, you will make a choice between a prestigious law firm or a solo practice lawyer.

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3. Where are your offices located?

So as to generate maximum traffic convenience for our clients, especially foreign clients who have not been to Vietnam before, our three offices are located in the high-rise office buildings in the administrative centers of Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Danang. We also provide directions via Google Map according to the link: Contact Us so as to facilitate our clients search for our office addresses.

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4. Does your law firm have practice liability insurance?

According to the provisions of the Law on Lawyers of Vietnam, law practising individuals and organisations have to purchase professional liability insurance from a legally operating insurance company in Vietnam. In this regard, we have purchased a full range of professional liability insurance as prescribed. If requested, we will provide you with certificates of insurance purchase from an insurance company.
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5. Is there any legal work in Vietnam that your law firm does not provide?

As a leading law firm in Vietnam, we provide full scale legal services for clients both foreign and local organizations and individuals with legal requests related to Vietnamese law. However, in practice, there are a few types of work that we are not frequently asked to provide including criminal defence or the provision of civil compliance services.
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6. What are your law firm’s working hours?

We work from 8 am to 5:30 pm from Monday to Friday weekly (except public holidays as prescribed by Vietnamese law). However, if you have any urgent and important work that requires after hours work then please make a request directly to the lawyer in charge of your assigned work and we will revie.If deemed necessary and appropriate, we will arrange to work with you at other times as agreed between the two parties and will not charge overtime in these cases.
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7. When I ask Phuoc & Partners to be my lawyer in court or at arbitration, with your extensive experience and a substantial team of lawyers, can Phuoc & Partners ensure that I will win my case?

According to the ethical rules and professional conduct of lawyers issued by the Federation of Vietnamese Lawyers, lawyers are not entitled to provide guarantee of results with clients in every disputing case and we always adhere strictly to such standard rules. Typically, based on the information related to the case that you provide as well as reference to the relevant provisions of the law we can, if requested, provide our legal reasoning and an initial opinion about your legal position in the case in order for you to consider and make a decision on further steps to be taken. Because we can only rely on the information provided by you to issue our legal opinion we do not have an opportunity to refer to the evidence / information available from the other side in the dispute, and with the final decision for dispute settlement of the lawsuit is a court or a team of arbitrators, our legal opinion can only be treated as a reference from a professional perspective to make it easier for you to make the necessary and reasonable decisions in this case. Of course, during the duration of case proceedings, with our extensive and in-depth experience, we will do our best to protect your legitimate rights and benefits.
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8. Has your law firm maintained a sufficiently close relationship with State authorities which can provide me with "assistance"?

As a leading law firm in Vietnam, we, of course, have many opportunities to work with many State agencies and departments in the country, including but not limited to the Government Office, the Ministry of Planning and Investment, Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs, the Ministry of Education and Training, the Ministry of Finance, the General Department of Taxation, the State Bank, etc. People’s Committees at all levels, the Supreme Court, district courts and other, the enforcement agencies. However, our relationship is based purely on the legal work of our clients and we always maintain a consistent standard as required by the Law on Lawyers, Code of Ethics and professional conduct and Anti-Corruption Law in relation to these agencies to maintain the strict code of the professionalism of the legal profession in general and work rules of Phuoc & Partners in particular.
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9. If I want to get information relating to Phuoc & Partners, where can I get that?

If you would like further information about Phuoc & Partners, you can visit our website phuoc-partners.com or you can send your email to our email address info@phuoc-partners.com and we can provide you our Phuoc & Partners profile (in English, Korean, Japanese, French, Vietnamese) either in soft or hard copy via email or post.
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10. In addition to the information provided by Phuoc & Partners, if I would like any reliable third party references or reviews of Phuoc & Partners, who should I contact?

As an independent law practicing organization, we are under the management of the Ministry of Justice, the Federation of Vietnamese Lawyers, the local Departments of Justice and the local Bar Associations (in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Da Nang). If you would like to get more information about Phuoc & Partners, you can contact these agencies.
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11. Which legal fields are your law firm’s strong areas of practice as compared to those of other law firms?

Being one of the leading law firms in Vietnam, we provide legal services to individual and organization clients in the entire existing legal fields in Vietnam. However, our main strength of practice is in the field of tax, labour and employment, investment, real estate, mergers & acquisition, marine and shipping, dispute settlement at courts and arbitration bodies, intellectual property, litigation and, debt recovery.
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12. I need to have some legal documents notarized but I am afraid of taking much time to go to public notary offices. Does Phuoc & Partners provide notarization services?

Under the current provisions of Vietnamese law, law firms and independent practicing lawyers do not have the function of legal document notarization. Instead, only the State and private notary public offices can perform the notarization of legal documents. However, if requested, we will be able to help you contact the Notary Public, and arrange appointment of notarization (either at the notary public office(s) or at your place in Vietnam), work on your behalf with the notary public office regarding the content and form of a legal document before it is notarised; take you to the notary public; and pay notary fees on your behalf.
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13. If I am a Vietnamese or a Vietnamese company but have a legal job in a foreign country (such as establishment of enterprise or participation in a litigation case), can I choose your law firm to support me?

You can choose our law firm to assist you with your legal matter. However, please note that because we are a law firm licensed to operate in Vietnam, we will only be able to advise you on Vietnamese law relating to your legal matter(s). To carry out the legal work related to foreign laws, we will only be able to help you at: (1) finding a local company to provide legal services in that country which has expertise of the legal work that you need for a reasonable fee based on our network in the legal community; (ii) translating documents that you need to provide into English and send them to the foreign law firm you selected; (iii) monitoring the progress of work, communicating with your lawyer in that country and reporting the same to you promptly; and (iv) if necessary and requested, as an authorized person, representing you at courts/ arbitration bodies to protect your interest.
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