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Lawyers in India aren’t allowed to advertise themselves on any forum; be it the newspaper or the world wide web. Thus one may not see websites of law firms and lawyers as such in India.

However off late, I’ve been noticing that a lot of lawyers are setting up blogs and writing about the law and I was wondering if this is a way to get around the Bar Council Rules and advertise one’s self. This blog owner for example is a practising advocate in the Supreme Court of India and his blogs gives a detailed report on what the Supreme Court is upto and the latest decisions. However, without prejudice to the owner it still may be a mode of advertising one’s self and I don’t know if the Bar Council would allow such an action. This is not a case in isolation as there are a lot more blogs run by lawyers out on the web.

On another related note, if you are a foreign lawyer, this article should help in getting an idea about practising law in India.

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Lawyers in India

Legally barred

Apr 24th 2008
From The Economist print edition

Will India open up to foreign lawyers?

IF YOU want to find the legal chiefs of big defence companies such as Boeing or BAE Systems, a good place to start looking is the foyer of the Taj Mahal Hotel in Delhi. The in-house legal bosses are in town to appoint law firms to support their push into the Indian market, as the government updates its military equipment. They have to go in person, rather than sending their usual lawyers, because of the 1961 Indian Advocates Act, which prevents foreign firms from practising in the country.

Global law firms see India as one of the last untouched goldmines of the international legal scene. It has a booming economy, a strong legal system and a deep well of talented lawyers. The recent purchase of Jaguar and Land Rover, two luxury car brands, by Tata Group, a giant conglomerate, is the latest sign that Indian companies are ready to do the kind of deals that get international lawyers salivating. For the moment, however, all they can do is crane their necks to get a better look.

But that could change. On April 25th some of India’s most distinguished judges were due to hear the final submissions in a High Court case that could be the first step towards opening the country to international competition. The judgment in the dispute between three international law firms and a group of prominent local lawyers will be a deciding factor in how the 47-year-old rule is interpreted.

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