U.S. experts give positive opinion on Ukrainian law on the bar

U.S. experts give positive opinion on Ukrainian law on the bar

The Board of Directors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine has sent a letter to people's deputies in support of positive and progressive clauses of bill No. 9055 on the bar and practice of law.

In their appeal, which was obtained by Ukrinform, members of the Board of Directors emphasize that this bill is aimed at increasing the professional rights of lawyers, increasing and improving advocacy guarantees, improving the procedure for disciplinary proceedings in relation to a lawyer, and providing lawyers with a real opportunity to participate in advocacy self-government.

Experts of the American Chamber of Commerce positively assessed the clauses of draft law No. 9055, which concern the abolition of intermediate stages of advocacy self-government - conferences, given that the lawyer's access to advocacy self-government is to be eased; enabling each lawyer (except for lawyers who do not practice advocacy) to be elected to the position of chairman or member of a body of advocacy self-government; introducing a clear structure of the bodies of advocacy self-government; the system of rotation in the bodies of advocacy self-government through the introduction of restrictions on the occupation of positions in advocacy self-government for two consecutive terms.

The letter states that the Board of Directors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine includes representatives of McDonalds Ukraine, Horizon Capital, PepsiCo Ukraine, Baker McKenzie, Danone, Cargill, Carlsberg, Sanofi-Aventis Ukraine, Arawak Energy Ukraine BV, Citibank, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Earlier, partners and heads of leading law firms appealed to Verkhovna Rada Speaker Andriy Parubiy and Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Legal Policy and Justice Ruslan Kniazevych with the request to approve draft law No. 9055 at first reading as the one that helps ensure the progressive development of the bar in the interests of society and for the purpose of ensuring just justice.

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