Indian Court allows foreign law firms/lawyers to temporarily visit India and advice on their laws in India

In a major ruling, Madras High Court ruled that there is no bar, either in the Advocates Act, 1961 or the Bar Council of India Rules for the foreign law firms or foreign lawyers to visit India for a temporary period on a fly in and fly out  basis, for the purpose of giving legal advice to their clients in India regarding foreign law or their own system of law and on diverse international legal issues.
The Court also said “The BPO companies providing wide range of customized and integrated services and functions to its customers like word-processing, secretarial support, transcription services, proof-reading services, travel desk support services, etc. do not come within the purview of the Advocates Act, 1961 or the Bar Council of India Rules.”
The Court reiterated Bombay High Court’s ruling that Foreign law firms or foreign lawyers cannot practice the profession of law in India either on the litigation or non-litigation side, unless they fulfill the requirement of the Advocates Act, 1961 and the Bar Council of India Rules.

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