At the Dec 3, 2012 Vietnam Business Forum, in response to AmCham’s request for clarification, Vice Minister Le Hong Son confirmed clearly that Vietnamese lawyers working at international law firms may continue to engage in the full range of consultancy services allowed under Article 28 of the Law on Lawyers, including drafting commercial contracts and business charters. This formal statement, made on the record in front of 300+ government leaders, official development assistance (ODA) donors, foreign government representatives, heads of chambers of commerce and the press, will be recorded in the minutes of the Forum and posted to the VBF’s website.
AmCham had requested in a letter to the Minister of Justice and others, Nov 30, 2012, that
“We urge the Government of Vietnam to officially confirm that Vietnamese lawyers can continue to write commercial contracts and business charters, even if they work for foreign firms.
“We believe that a restrictive interpretation would be totally contrary to the spirit and letter of Vietnam’s WTO accession. However, the purpose of this letter is not to argue legal issues.”
In addition, the AmCham Statement at Vietnam Business Forum, Dec 3, 2012 emphasized the issue.