When you are young you often assume that the law is applied equally and without prejudice. It is only as experience catches up that you begin to understand that the law is only a set of codes that of themselves sound impressive but are useless and meaningless if they are not enforced.

Corruption is illegal in any country. So is bribing a public official, or not paying your taxes. However, if the police don’t uphold the law then it might as well not be on the books. If they simply don’t spot the infractions or willfully look the other way the law means nothing.

Indeed it is is often the case that the law is deliberately only selectively applied. It has political advantages. As for example in Thailand. Thai law states that foreigners cannot own land. Yet Tesco have several shops in Thailand. Many foreigners own land in Thailand. It is done by using ways to circumvent the law devised by lawyers.

The ambiguous situation benefits lawyers. At the same time the politicians can please both foreign investors while appealing to nationalist sentiments that Thailand is for the Thais.

As we represent lawyers we don’t advocate such a situation: it is fluid and unpredictable. If you want to stay in a luxury villa in Koh Phangan or elsewhere in Thailand don’t be persuaded by developers or local lawyers that the best way to fulfill your dreams is to buy a piece of land or a villa. Such risks are for the wealthy who can afford to never realize their assets. Better to simply pay for a few nights in a luxury villa such as Sunrise Villa (www.sunrisevilla.info). Let other people take these risks. Don’t support lawyers who are colluding in obfuscating the law. They are giving a noble profession a bad name.

The law should be fair and equally applied.