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  • Dear Sir,

    The article comprises a cardinal error when reporting on situation in Croatia. Namely, it is completely the opposite situation regarding the web pages – the Croatian law firms were in unjust position to its foreign competitors because foreign competitors have been (and most of them still are) organized in a form of limited liability companies for consultancy and, thus, out of bar rules which prevented Croatian law firms to have web pages. It was a paradox situation – if you are playing by rules you were not allowed to have web page, and those who were providing legal services without being registered as law firm have had a liberty to have web pages and to advertise legal services in Croatia! In summer 2009 Croatian Bar Association changed its rules and allowed Croatian firms to have web pages with controlled content. However, still today most of foreign law firms (though have legal route to properly register itself as a law firm in Croatia) have non-regulated web pages of its “consultancy” business. Please note I personally have nothing against foreign law firms in Croatia but, due to the fact that most of “usual suspects” have bases in UK, the perception in media have been influenced by such firms without proper verification of the real situation on the ground by most of journalist. And, we lawyers, learn one basic thing on the first year of law school – “Audiatur et altera pars” (let’s hear the other party (side of the story))!

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