(1) Subject to section 85(3) of the Act, an Advocate and Solicitor may not use as a firm name or part thereof, a variant spelling of his/her own name that does not appear in his/her identity card.
(2) When a partnership is dissolved (“dissolved firm”), no partner may continue to practise under the name of the dissolved firm unless such
firm name is the name of one of the partners continuing to practise or unless all partners of the dissolved firm so consent, subject however to any provision to the contrary in the partnership agreement governing the partners in the dissolved firm. This Rule does not apply in the case of the death of a partner.
(3) On the demise or retirement of an Advocate and Solicitor who is a sole practitioner, the firm (including the firm name) may be sold or otherwise transferred from the estate of the deceased Solicitor (or the retiring Solicitor, as the case may be), but such retiring Advocate and Solicitor shall not, after the sale or transfer of his/her firm (including the firm name) practise under the former firm name or under any name which in the opinion of the Bar Council may cause confusion.
(4) A firm name can include the surname of any Advocate and Solicitor who is a partner or the sole proprietor as the case may be, of such firm.
(Updated as at 8 June 2015)