There are certain occupations that are prohibited to non-Thai nationals as prescribed by the Ministry of Labour. If you are a professional lawyer in your home country and would like to practice your profession in Thailand, you should be aware that foreigners are prohibited to work and provide services in legal counselling, litigation and others such as representing as a lawyer in all types of cases, acting on behalf of clients in legal matters, drafting contracts or making legal documents.
However, there are some exceptions depending on the situation. Foreign lawyers can be allowed for the following works:
- To perform duties of an arbitrator in an arbitration case;
- To provide assistance or representation in the arbitral proceedings in the event that the law applicable to the dispute being considered by the judge is not Thai law. This includes the following:
- Liaison for cases, research, compile and provide opinion on facts and legal issues to the arbitral tribunal or the parties;
- Notetaking during the hearing using shorthand or other techniques in the same manner;
- Presentation of opinions as an expert
- Works involving special technology used in recording sound, images and evidence produced in the hearing