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SC rules: No practising, no setting up office; foreign lawyers can…

SC rules: No practising, no setting up office; foreign lawyers can…

The court also said that BPO companies engaged in rendering legal services did not come within the ambit of the Advocate Act and thus they can operate in India.

The court, while slating the hearing for April 23, asked for BCI's perception of the rules as the body's main function is to regulate the legal profession and legal education in the country.It is estimated that more than 500 lawmakers practise as lawyers.

Also in line with predictions, and in a welcome fillip to the Modi regime, the bench passed the ball to the government, asking it and the Bar Council of India (BCI) to come up with rules governing foreign lawyers' entry.

For example, it allowed foreign law firms to give legal advice to their clients on foreign laws.

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Interestingly, a year ago in January, the ministry of commerce and industry on January 3 amended a rule allowing foreign law firms to set up offices and advise clients from Indian Special Economic Zones (SEZs).

The only exception that is available is for foreign lawyers coming to India for providing advice on foreign law or when they are coming in to take part in an worldwide commercial arbitration. However, the Court has allowed foreign lawyers to advise clients in India on a casual, temporary "fly in fly out" basis. Indian law firms were also not allowed to operate from any of the SEZs. Foreign law firms have primarily worked on best-friend relationships with Indian law firms and may continue to do so now that specific directives have been issued.

Two recent Delhi High Court judgments may go a long way in bolstering India's.


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