Where an Advocate and Solicitor shares an office or premises with another person (“Person”), whether an Advocate and Solicitor or not, the office or premises must be partitioned off with separate and distinct entrances, with no connecting door between the 2 offices or premises.
This Ruling shall not apply to:
(a) Advocates and Solicitors of the same law firm; or(b) an Advocate and Solicitor, or a partner or partners of his/her firm who has/have an interest in the Person, and the Person carries on such business as is permitted under Ruling 5.13A; or(c) a law firm that is part of an international partnership that has been granted a licence under section 40F of the Legal Profession Act 1976; or(d) a law firm that is part of a Group Law Practice established under the Legal Profession (Group Law Practice) Rules 2018;
provided always that the law firm, the international partnership and the Group Law Practice preserve and observe at all times the duty of confidentiality in respect of privileged information owed to their respective clients.
This ruling took effect on 30 June 2018.
(Updated as at 4 July 2018)