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Mallesons: forward comrades, to better lawyering with Communist characteristics!

Are you a proud member of King & Wood Mallesons[n2] looking to better integrate yourself into the firm’s new combined culture? Do you want to work on the highest profile M&A deals while maintaining your faith in Communism? Then look no further. The King & Wood Communist Party Sub Branch[n1] is your ticket to uplifting training sessions on Communist ideology, stimulating discussion of the Working Report of the Communist Party National Conference, and pilgrimage tours to the birthplaces of the Communist Revolution.

Here is some information I translated from the profile for the King & Wood Communist Party Sub-Branch on a Chinese government website (original link at the end):

“The King & Wood Communist Party Branch was established on 2 April 1997. Currently membership of the Party Branch numbers 169, the Branch secretary and Branch committee are composed of senior lawyers and excellent Communist Party members.

“Since establishment, the King & Wood Communist Party Branch has strictly followed the overall requirement of “One Centre, Five Developments and Three Guarantees”, combined with the special characteristics of grassroots Party development in the legal profession, have steadfastly placed the ideological development of the Party at the forefront, have organised Party members to carefully study the “Report of the 17th Party Congress”, have undertaken education on the vanguard qualities of Communist Party members, and have perfected Party branch organisational development. In September 2007 Branch committee members were sent to the [Communist Party guerrilla base] Jinggang Mountain to attend the Party Cadre School, to participate in the “Core Cadre Study Session On the Spirit of the 17th Party Congress”. In October, they have participated in the training class for branch secretaries organised by the Personnel Department, which has strengthened all Party Member’s upholding of Communist ideals, and solidified the faith in Communism of the King & Wood Party Branch members.”

The rest of the article emphasises how King & Wood’s Communist lawyers participated in their highest profile deals.

From: http://chylawyer.bjchy.gov.cn/sub/viewDetail.jsp?newsid=70082&subjectid=3574 (in Chinese). I have copied the full text below incase the website changes.

n1: Update:  According to this more recent article by current King & Wood Mallesons global chairman Junfeng Wang (also in Chinese, also copied below in full), the party branch is now a Main Branch, with 16 Sub Branches, 7 Party Committees, and more than 400 party members. Among other recent achievements, the Communist party branch magazine “Fly, fly the Red Flag” is now the “spiritual home that guides” King & Wood Mallesons employees. The “Firm-Party Joint Committee” has been formed to ensure that the Communist Party organisation participates in all key decisions of the firm, and to clarify that all major decisions must first be subjected to the comments and suggestions of the Communist Party organisation. The article further mentions that the firm has adopted a policy to recommend Communist Party members in priority to act on major deals of national importance. If anything, this is an even more disturbing article.

n2: For readers less in tune with events in the Australian legal market, Mallesons Stephen Jaques, one of Australia’s largest law firms (if not the largest), has merged with Chinese law firm King & Wood, to create the new “King & Wood Mallesons”. There is no, nor has there ever been any, “Mr King” or “Mr Wood” – they were simply easy to pronounce English names picked by the Chinese firm when it formed in the 80s. I’m sure Mr Malleson would have been very proud to know that he now ranks third after two fictitious names.

 抓实律师事务所党建工作

 作者:王俊峰    来源:中组部党建研究网    添加时间: 2011-9-21

北京市金杜律师事务所成立于1993年,总部设于北京,在国内外共有15个分支机构,现有工作人员1400余人。1997年成立党支部,2009年成立党总支,现有16个党支部,7个党小组,党员400多名。近年来,我们认真贯彻落实中央的有关要求,坚持抓班子、带队伍,积极创新组织设置、活动载体,切实加强制度建设,不断提升党建工作水平,较好地促进了金杜律师事务所律师事业的健康发展。

一、以思想建设为抓手,着力提升律师队伍素质。党员律师党性的强弱、作用发挥的大小,直接关系到律师行业的发展,关系到社会和谐稳定。为此,我们以提升律师思想政治素质为抓手加强队伍建设。在建设学习型律师队伍中,事务所总部建立理论中心学习组,各分所党组织成立学习小组,建立事务所领导班子成员带头学习制度。积极开展学习实践科学发展观活动,成立指导小组,制定活动细则,紧紧围绕律师事务所的业务如何为社会发展服务主题,组织广大党员认真研讨,广泛交流,引导律师懂国情、政情、社情,将金杜律师的事业与国家、民族、社会事业紧密结合起来。建立政治学习制度,规定每周学习时间和内容,保证党的路线方针政策的广泛宣传,建立党组织书记与党员谈话制度,强化思想政治建设,确保律师队伍的政治方向,切实把律师事务所党组织和广大律师党员的思想认识统一到中央精神上来。

二、创新组织设置方式,扩大基层党组织覆盖面。针对合伙制律师事务所组织松散、律师独立性强等特点,金杜党总支高度重视党组织设置工作,以“横向到边、纵向到底”的组织设置方式,实现党组织和党的工作在事务所全面覆盖。按照党章的规定,金杜总部设立党总支,党总支书记由创始合伙人、党员律师担任,各分所分别建立党支部或党小组,建立了以北京总部党总支为核心,各地分所分别建立党组织的组织体系。明确规定把党组织建在团队、建在项目上,实现业务开发和党组织设置同步进行,即每个新项目和新团队凡有3名以上正式党员的,成立党小组,由业务素质过硬的党员合伙人担任团队或项目负责人。各分支机构依托属地司法局或律师党委先后在上海、广州、深圳等地设立了党支部,依托项目建立了党小组,切实做到事务所哪里有律师党员,哪里就有党的组织和有效的管理,把党的组织优势转化为律师事务所的业务优势和战斗力。

 三、以制度为保障,充分发挥党组织的作用。我们坚持从制度建设入手,把事务所党建工作与业务发展相结合,为党组织发挥作用提供保障。结合金杜律师事务所合伙制特点,汲取现代公司制管理模式,在业务组织架构上,设立了“四会”,即合伙人大会、战略发展委员会、管理委员会和理事会,制定和实施了党务业务联席会。明确合伙人大会为事务所最高决策机构,管理委员会为管理执行机构,党务业务联席会搭建起党组织参与律师事务所重要事务决策的平台。建立重大事项议事制度,明确提出各所的重大事项出台之前必须听取党组织的意见建议。借鉴国际同行先进经验,根据具体国情所情,制定了一体化财务管理制度和“计点制”分配制度。近年来,由党总支牵头,事务所管理委员会制定出台了一系列制度,有力地保证了事务所业务发展的正确方向。

四、创新活动载体,加强党员教育管理工作。结合律师职业特点,我们以丰富多彩的活动加强党员队伍建设,提高律师服务能力。一是深入开展理想信念教育。在推进创先争优活动中,设置党员示范岗,开展挂牌服务,组织党员亮身份,开展诚信践诺活动,向社会作出公开承诺,定期公开律师党员执业情况,增强党员律师的党员意识,激发党员律师创先争优的积极性主动性和创造性。加强党员党性教育,今年4月初,党总支选拔41位优秀党员律师和入党积极分子赴中国井冈山干部学院,接受革命传统教育。二是加强管理和服务。完善党员信息库建设,建立了所有党员信息登记册,做到党员底数清、信息全。在政治上关心律师,推荐优秀律师担任各级政府或企事业单位法律顾问。在生活上关怀律师,帮助律师解决生活上的后顾之忧,增强了党组织的凝聚力和向心力。三是壮大党员队伍。坚持开展党员“传帮带”活动,加强入党积极分子培养,有计划地做好发展党员工作。四是充分发挥党员的作用。金杜各级党组织和党员律师积极参与属地活动,作为各级政府的法律顾问,促进政府科学决策与依法行政,为政府决策提供法律保障。

五、拓宽渠道,推动律师事务所服务社会发展建设。我们从行业特点出发,引导律师在服务经济社会发展大局中发挥作用,推进律师事务所事业不断发展。一是组织党员律师积极参与代表国家利益的重大项目。担任北京奥组委的中国法律顾问。金杜的奥运法律服务填补了中国奥运法律服务的空白,为中国律师、国家和民族争得了荣誉。多次代表中国商务部参加WTO贸易项目谈判、处理贸易争端。二是为中国企业“走出去”战略保驾护航。近年来,随着国家“走出去”战略的实施,越来越多的中国企业走出国门。金杜律师事务所凭借对中国法律法规的立法原则和司法实践的深刻理解,以及对中国客户特别需求的深入了解,在“走出去”融资项目中,为中国企业提供许多建设性的结构设计和解决方案,为中国企业的知识产权保护提供法律服务。三是组织党员律师参与多种形式的法律援助活动。在北京市农民工法律援助工作站、北京市法律援助基金会、首都慈善公益组织联合会发起的法律公益援助活动中,金杜公益志愿者积极参与,安排公益志愿者16人次,办理法律援助案件7件,有7名律师入选北京市公益法律援助服务宣讲团。四是创新履行社会责任机制。成立了金杜公益委员会,全额出资500万元人民币设立了“金杜公益基金会”,目前已向“延庆农村公益法律服务项目”捐款60余万元。金杜实行公益活动项目化运作,成立了多个专项公益基金,广泛参与突发灾害的捐助活动,先后为汶川、玉树等灾区捐款400多万元。

六、加强阵地建设,提供基础保障。金杜律师事务所按照创建具有国际水准的一流的法律服务组织的目标,确立了“以人为本、团队合作、精诚奉献、追求卓越”的核心价值理念,在这一理念的指导下,我们以“一刊一网一平台”构建起律师党员学习阵地,加强了事务所党建宣传长效机制。通过出版党建专刊和党建工作简报,定期在全所范围内宣传党建工作,表彰优秀律师党员,宣传了律师党员在专业领域和社会责任方面的奉献精神。刊物《红旗飘飘》已成为引领金杜人的精神家园。通过利用事务所一体化管理的网络平台,在内网开辟“党员之家”网页,在全所范围内及时传达党中央的重要指示精神,大力宣传党员先进人物和先进事迹。通过在总部和各分支机构设立“党员之家”活动室,配备党刊杂志、党史书籍资料、党员活动信息栏等,确保了党员参加组织活动有场所、有平台、有内容。

(作者为北京市金杜律师事务所管理委员会主席、中华全国律师协会副会长、第十一届全国政协委员)

金杜律师事务所党支部

2008-07-08  信息来源:朝阳律师网 

金杜所党支部成立于1997年4月2日。目前金杜党支部共有党员169人,支部书记和支委都由资深律师和优秀党员组成。

金杜所党支部成立以后,严格按照“一个中心、五个建设、三个保证”的总要求,结合律师行业基层党建工作的特殊性,始终把党的思想建设放在支部建设的首要位置,组织党员认真学习“十七大报告”,接受共产党员先进性教育,完善支部组织建设。2007年9月派出支部委员前往井冈山干部学院参加学习十七大精神骨干班。10月参加人事部组织的支部书记培训班,增强了全体党员坚持共产主义理想,坚定了金杜党支部党员的共产主义信念。

作为一家在亚洲名列前茅的优秀律师事务所,金杜所支部党员律师参与了中国三大保险公司、国有大型商业银行、北京地铁改造等社会公共项目整改的法律服务工作,曾多次代表商务部参与了有关反倾销、WTO框架下的贸易谈判等事务。尤其是,2002年金杜律师事务所成为2008年北京奥运会组织委员会唯一指定的中国法律顾问,有近百人参加了奥运法律服务,得到了奥组委的充分肯定。

在公益活动中,金杜所支部通过金杜公益委员会、在清华大学设立法学专项奖学金、在江西等省市开设“金杜课堂”等形式参与社会公益活动,为弱势群体提供法律援助,为灾区群众捐款捐物,充分发挥了党员的先锋模范作用,为国家社会的发展和进步作出了应有的贡献。

 

  1. SS GD
    March 9th, 2012 at 15:29 | #1

    Cost of internationalising a brandname ~ !

  2. SS GD
    March 9th, 2012 at 15:29 | #2

    Looks like the cost of internationalising their brand name is pretty steep !

  3. March 9th, 2012 at 22:29 | #3

    This was gobsmacking when you emailed it to me, and remains gobsmacking. What would Mr Jaques be thinking? He would be spinning in his grave! (Assuming he is dead. Maybe he’s just spinning around the eastern suburbs.)

  4. Tommy Chen
    March 10th, 2012 at 03:54 | #4

    If he was still alive I guess they’d save him a spot on the Sydney sub-branch Party committee. Maybe he could be Honorary Senior Cadre.

    Wikipedia suggests he probably isn’t though – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mallesons_Stephen_Jaques says Mr Malleson was born in 1831 (in Richmond Hill near London, in fact).

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