We are sometimes asked by foreign associates to work with them in a reciprocal manner. It appears to be attractive to send cases to local counsel in foreign countries and to receive cases from them in return. However, we wonder if such a manner of business is actually good for the clients. We wish to determine local counsel in foreign countries faithfully for our Japanese clients not just because we receive cases from them, but because we believe they are the best for our clients in terms of technical expertise, quality, price, firm scale, possible litigation, etc.
In view of the above, we make it a rule to NOT work with foreign associates in a reciprocal manner. We hope that you will kindly understand our policy.