Top 100 Korean Lawyers & Legal Consultants in Korea

Sean Hayes, head of the Top Korean Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year was rated by LawAsia, one of the leading peer-reviewed publications in Asia, as a Top 100 Lawyer in Korea. Sean Hayes is one of the only non-Korean attorneys on this Korean Lawyer “A-list” and the only non-Korean that was on the list each year the list was published. Sean Hayes is the first non-Korean attorney to have worked for the Korean court system (Constitutional Court of

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Extradition to Korea: Korean Extradition Law Explained by IPG Legal

Korean Extradition Law is based on international treaties, Korean jurisprudence, and Korean statutory law. Korea is a party to 78 extradition treaties, including, treaties with the majority of the European Union, Asia, North America, and the majority of the developed and recently developed world. An IPG Legal attorney is, likely, the only foreign attorney working in Korea who has experience with extradition cases from the United States to Korea. Sean Hayes, recently, handled an extradition case – the details of

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Occupational Safety in Korea: Serious Accidents Punishment Act

The Serious Accident Punishment Act (“SAPA”) was passed by the Korean National Assembly and came into effect on January 27, 2022. With the implementation and recent expansion of the SAPA, we encourage all employers to do a comprehensive compliance audit. Some law firms, including this one, have attorneys and staff that can assist your team in doing a comprehensive audit. SAPA has greatly expanded the list of accidents that are applicable and significantly increased the penalties for breaking the law.

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Pending Bill in Korea Aims to Protect Crime Victims’ Identities

Korea has many protections in place to protect the privacy of individuals, however, a concerning issue has come to light, in recent years, regarding the exposure of Korean victims’ identities and addresses during legal proceedings in Korea. Korean lawmakers, reacting to this issue, proposed a bill aimed at safeguarding the personal information of alleged crime victims. The bill has been stuck in legislative limbo for over two years. The Busan Hit-and-Run CaseOne particular incident, widely known as the “Busan hit-and-run

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Right Against Self-Incrimination in Korea

In a Korean trial known as the “Namsan 300 Million Won Case,” two prominent figures, former Shinhan Bank Chairman Shin Sang-hoon and former Shinhan Bank President Lee Baek-soon of Shinhan Financial Group, were acquitted on charges of perjury. The judgment has sparked controversy and raised important questions about the status of witnesses when they themselves are criminal defendants in a case in Korea. Shinhan Bank is one of the largest banks in Korea. Background of the “Namsan 300 Million Won

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What Should I do if I Receive a Korean Summons for a Criminal Investigation in Korea?

CAN KOREAN POLICE ISSUE AND ENFORCE A SUMMONS EVEN WHEN THE SUSPECT RESIDES ABROAD? Yes. The Korean Criminal Procedure Law applies to foreigners who have committed crimes within Korea as well as those who have committed crimes against residents of Korea while residing outside of Korea. Upon suspicion of a crime, the Korean police and Korean prosecution may move to demand the foreign suspect to attend an investigation in Korea. Thus, typically, the Korean Prosecution Services issues a summons. The

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Are you a victim of a Scam in Korea? Filing a Civil and Criminal Complaint in Korea Against a Fraudster

Being scammed or falling into a trap by fraudsters or scammers is one of the biggest nightmares for anyone. Unfortunately, it can happen to the best of us, but what you do afterwards is what sets you apart from others. You can take legal action against your perpetrator in Korea and your case would either fall under the category of a civil case and/or a criminal case depending on the matter. In most cases, we believe it is advisable to

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American Shot by Korean Police Officer: Attorney Lee from IPG Legal in the news.

The Korea Times recently featured Attorney Seul-ki Lee of IPG Legal in a news article, and for all the right reasons.  Attorney Lee is one of the legal representatives of Mr. Arnold Samberg at IPG Legal. Mr. Samberg is a retired US Airforce sergeant who met with an unfortunate tragedy three years ago when he was shot by a Korean police officer. He seeks justice and closure from the Korean Police, who have dragged this case on for far too

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Introduction to the History of the Korean Legal System

The legal system of the Republic of Korea developed over 1000s of years. In the early years of Korean history, the legal system of Korea was based, nearly entirely, on the principles of Confucianism, which emphasized the importance of moral principles, hierarchy, the power of the king, and social order. Confucianism still plays a role in Korean society and the legal system to this day. Three Kingdoms Period (57 BC to c. 668 AD) During the Three Kingdoms Period of

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Detention of Criminal Suspects in Korea under Korea’s Criminal Procedure Law

The Korean Criminal Justice System works, in many aspects, very differently from the American, Australian, Canadian, Irish, UK and other Criminal Justice Systems based on the common law. One, notable, difference is in regard to the detention of a suspect prior and during to a trial/hearing in Korea. One aspect of the system that leaves many of our clients puzzled is the pre-trial detention system in Korea. Korea’s Criminal Procedure Act, Article 92 details the maximum detention periods while the

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