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Our Comparative Advantage

Our Comparative Advantage

BHC is both a law firm and a consultancy that is duly registered in Iraq and in good standing with the Iraqi Bar Association. We are fully committed and legally compliant nationally in Iraq, while being skilled and connected internationally.

We also are in the process of being ISO certified, being the first Iraqi law firm and consultancy to apply for the ISO certification.

The basis of our comparative advantage is our Firm’s registration and good standing with the Iraqi Bar Association that is summarized as follows:

BHC is able to ensure, through a single-source solution, both the legal accuracy and the on the ground practical enforceability of its legal and consultancy services; because: its lawyers are duly licensed to counsel its clients on Iraqi law matters and to represent and/or defend them before Iraqi courts; and its consultants are duly authorized to assist its clients in all matters of actual in-country regulatory compliance and operational and technical support.

Consequently, by virtue of our duly registered single-source solution mandate, we stand fully, and all-the-way, behind our clients in Iraq--from the initial legal counseling stage to the actual operational and judicial in-country enforceability of our counsel (unlike firms not so licensed by the Iraqi Bar Association that may neither legally counsel clients on local law matters, nor represent them before either local courts or administrative tribunals in Iraq).

For Iraqi Law No. 173 of 1965, governing the legal profession in Iraq, expressly prohibits lawyers or any other persons who are not duly registered with the Iraqi Bar Association from practicing law or furnishing legal consultancies on Iraq—even for relatively simple matters, such as company registrations. Those found to contravene this Law, whether directly or indirectly (inclusive of clients of unregistered lawyers or ineligible legal advisors), are subject to civil and/or criminal sanctions (including imprisonment). The Kurdistan Region has an analogous supplemental law with similar enforcement provisions (1).

In practice, the essence of our comparative advantage is three-fold; specifically:

(i)  Our Iraqi Bar Association registration in good standing in full compliance with local law;

(ii)  Our officially registered single-source mandate that allows us to combine and integrate our legal counsel with our technical assistance consulting services; and

(iii)  Our officially registered authorization that further allows us to include international lawyers, advisors, and technical consultants on our Team to fulfill our single-source mandate.

This powerful combination means that, in practice, we both counsel our clients on Iraqi law matters, and also help them to ensure the ongoing regulatory and operational compliance of their in-country activities; all through an efficient and confidential single-source solution. It also means that our clients benefit from the best of both national (Iraqi) and international professionals, possessing the proper mix of local, regional, and international expertise, linguistic proficiency, and cultural understanding and sensitivity. This inherent synergy between our law practice and technical assistance consultancy has proven itself critical to our clients; especially given Iraq’s uniquely challenging business environment. Above all, we stand fully and all-the-way behind our clients--from initial legal counseling to actual operational and judicial enforceability anywhere in Iraq.

Moreover, our lawyers possess both national (Iraqi) and international legal expertise, as well as prior service experience in Iraq’s executive, legislative, and judicial branches. We have a full understanding of Iraq’s legal and regulatory regime, and how it is actually applied in practice; and we are professionally familiar with the Iraqi State administration. We also understand national and international anti-corruption standards and guidelines, and we maintain the necessary internal compliance controls--and advise our clients accordingly.

We are well positioned on the ground in Iraq to best represent our clients, and to cultivate and develop our own professional private- and public sector in-country networks. We maintain an extensive library of Iraqi laws, regulations, court decisions, and legal publications; and we remain abreast of developments in Iraq to keep pace with the country’s rapidly evolving legal, regulatory, policy, administrative, and business environments.

We offer our services in the Arabic, English, French, and Kurdish languages.

In addition to our main office in Baghdad’s International Zone, Iraq, we have an administrative office in Washington D.C., U.S.A., and we also maintain certain correspondent affiliate relationships worldwide.


Kurdistan Regional Law Governing the Legal Profession in Kurdistan Law No. 17 of 1999 for Iraq-Kurdistan Bar Association

Article 14
First: For those who are disqualified from practicing law, they may not practice law until they are re-qualified again.
Second: The practice of law in violation of the provisions of paragraph (i) of this Article is considered plagiarism. The Board of the Bar may file a criminal case against such impostor according to the laws in force.

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