vast majority of Thailand's lawyers and law firms are located
in the capitol city of Bangkok. Law firms range in size from
small and solo practices to large mega firms which are part
of an international network.
define an international law firm as a law firm that performs
international transactions whether it is part of a multinational
firm or is independent. International law generally
means international commercial law. Firms concentrating
in international commercial law, or having primarily foreign
clients, are usually larger firms. Of these firms, there
have been a number that have recently entered the market in
response to a demand created by the economic crisis and the
the restructuring and insolvency work generated therefrom.
Domestic, Criminal and Immigration Cases
of the international law firms avoid criminal, domestic and
immigration cases, or perform them only as a service to their
existing commercial clients.
a client would generally have to partake of the services of
a smaller local firm for cases such as these. Many of these
smaller firms provide lawyers and legal services of a very
high quality and are able to provide solutions that larger
firms are not. Many of these smaller firms are known
only locally and do not have a web presence.
are numerous translation services, but they generally do not
provide research. The largest barrier to a foreign
law firm, organization or individual researching Thailand
law is the language. Although there are English language
translations of the most important Thailand legal documents,
the resources are still far from comprehensive. Smaller
firms generally do not have the foreign language abilities
to translate Thai law correctly into English or other languages.
The international firms may do research but their prices are,
of course, higher than the non-international firms.
There are few services that specialize exclusively in research