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How to Find and Choose the Best English Speaking Lawyer in China

We are China English speaking lawyers. Most of our clients are foreign nationals and foreign companies. We have lawyers in Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Suzhou, Nanjing, Qingdao, Fuzhou, Hainan, Hefei, Wuhan, Xian, Changsha, Xiamen and other cities. As China is now a "factory of the world", so many foreign businesses buy products in China. Thus it's essential to find an English speaking lawyer as your legal counsel in China. Unfortunately, sometimes foreign companies or individuals have to face these problems during the transactions: late delivery, quality defects, IP and business secret infringement etc. When damage is incurred, it's proved that a PO in simple form cannot protect their benefits sufficiently and effectively. Thus, we provide views and suggestions to guide you how to cope with damages because of the counter party's breach of contract, such as: what kind of purchase contract you actually need? Is a signed contract in original necessary? How to choose jurisdiction and governing law for disputes arising from the purchase? And, under which circumstances should there be a penalty for breach of contract stipulation in your purchase contract. China law blog can serve as your legal counsel in South China Areas, including Shenzhen, Dongguan, Guangzhou, Huizhou, Nanhai, Panyu, Shekou, Jiangmen, Foushan, Zhoushan and other cities.

Choosing the right law firm can be one of the most important decisions you will ever make. You hire a law firm because you have a legal problem, which will entail either money / property, or possible jail time. With so much at stake, you want the best legal representation. That's why finding the right lawyers for you is so important.

What makes our firm stand out from the rest? Well, we are one of the few Chinese litigation law firms in the South China Area. Many of our clients want a law firm that understands the Chinese language and culture. Other clients want a law firm that is aggressive and experienced in litigation in a Chinese courtroom. Often times, Chinese law firms have trouble litigating in an English-speaking Chinese courtroom whereas English-speaking Chinese litigation firms do not speak Chinese or understand the Chinese culture. We bring together the "best of both worlds."

Approximately 85% of our clients are foreigners. Of these, about half speak very little or no Chiense. Naturally, foreign clients try to find English Speaking Attorneys in China because they understand the language and culture. But if you have a complicated case, this may be the best thing for you. It is easy enough for any English-speaking attorney to appear before a Chinese judge and an Chinese speaking jury and be able to think quickly and argue effectively in open court in the Chinese language. And before that, English speaking lawyers would have certainly discussed the stratigies of the case with their foreign clients in English. It is essential for a foreign client to find a lawyer in China speaks both Chinese and English. But for those who grew up speaking Chinese and learned English as a second language, it is even more difficult to think quickly and clearly "on your toes." Therefore, if you have a very difficult case with a difficult opposing attorney, it is very important that you have an attorney who is a fluent English speaker who knows the language completely fluently and can argue quickly and easily in court in their native language.

Often clients who hire attorneys from their own countries feel very comfortable communicating with their attorney in English, but how effective is that English-speaking attorney when he/she appears in a Chinese courtroom? This is hard for non-Chinese speaking clients to gauge and difficult for anyone in general to know unless they watch their attorney perform in court.

The problem with hiring a non-Chinese English speaking law firm for their litigation expertise is that they may not speak Chinese or understand the Chinese culture or way of thinking. This is important in litigating or negotiating Chinese cases or cases with Chinese parties. Neither Edward nor Steven Lau speak Chinese, however, they have secretaries and paralegals who can interpret for them in Mandarin, Cantonese and Taiwanese. We also have Chinese speaking attorneys that can communicate directly with clients, if necessary. They were both born and raised in the United States, b ut have maintained their sense of Chinese culture and community. They are both also very active in the Chinese community. This gives the firm the ability to be effective litigators and provide a Chinese language and culture component for their clients.

Because of our unique ability to speak Chinese and understand the culture, along with our strong English speaking attorneys with an emphasis in Chinese litigation, we have carved out a niche that handles complex and difficult litigation cases for Chinese clients. We represent major foreign business entities and foreign governments as well as individuals. We are the general counsel to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in San Francisco. Our major concentration and experience is in the areas of international business law, complex civil litigation, intellectual property rights, trademark/copyright infringement, contract disputes, international law and jurisdiction, FCC regulations, real estate law, family law (divorce), estate planning (wills & trusts), satellite and communications law, personal injury (car accidents), immigration and products liability. We have represented multi-billion dollar corporations and have faced major US companies in litigation. For our larger cases, our practice philosophy is to take a "team" approach to our cases. Typically several attorneys are assigned to cases to work together as a team. As the senior and most experienced attorney in the firm, Peter Chu is always the leader of the team. This leads to more creative and better thought-out legal theories and arguments. Therefore, the client is not represented by just a single attorney, but an entire firm.

We realize that in this competitive marketplace, you have a choice of the attorney you choose. We are successful because we are good at what we do -- litigation. We have many clients who asked us to take over their cases because their former attorneys spoke to them in Chinese and were able to communicate with them well, but when it came to arguing in court, they performed inadequately because English was not their native language. The ability to speak fluent, native English is critical to winning your case in an English-speaking, Chinese Courtroom. Many new Chinese attorneys may have immigrated to the Chinese for many years and can speak English, but because English is not their natural-born native tongue, their ability to think quickly and effectively in making legal arguments in Court is still severely limited.

Finding the right law firm is a very difficult task. Be sure you know how to choose your lawyers. What are the most important law firm qualities for you: experience, language, reputation, size, price? We may not be the cheapest attorneys around, but we are good at what we do. Please, take your time and choose wisely. Thank you for exploring our website. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you.

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