The Post has an interesting story about a new law firm, reportedly the first public interest firm in Cambodia:

On the surface, Samreth Law Group is a private firm and does much of its work for private clients. But instead of pursuing the profit motive, funding from the private practice is reinvested in public interest legal advocacy. […] [T]he firm uses a sliding pay-scale fee structure that takes into account its clients’ ability to pay meaning that they often work pro bono.

The biggest issue, as the article points out, is the potential for conflict between their paying private clients, and their pro-bono public interest clients:

“Because working on high-profile land dispute cases can put them up against powerful interest, the firm must ensure that it treads carefully in order to preserve he flow of private work it depends on. ‘So, the strategy of case selection is important’, [senior lawyer] Ly Ping said. ‘We try to take medium-level cases, ones that are not too big.’ ”

Best of luck to them.

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