On Wednesday, a question was raised by BJP MP Harinarayan Rajbhar on the matter that whether the Government was going to allow foreign law firms in the country. To reply to that, P.P. Chaudhary, on behalf of Ministry of Law and Justice told the Lok Sabha that the matters regarding entry of foreign law firms in India on the basis of reciprocity is being considered by the Government. For that purpose, he relied on Law Commission of India report and recent Supreme Court decision.
Mr. Rajbhar further sought to know that whether the Bar Council of India (BCI) was against the move, and asked what had been the reasons behind. He also enquired about the manner in which a foreign law firm will qualify to be listed as an Advocate under the Advocates Act 1961, in case foreign law firms are allowed to operate in India.
On 13th March, Supreme Court held that foreign law firms cannot set up offices in India or practice in Indian Courts, but can advice Indian clients on a “fly in and fly out” basis, not amounting to regular practice.
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