The Position of Foreign Law Firms In India

By Arpit Sinhal

The Advocates Act, 1961 (“Advocates Act”) is a law enacted to provide one class of legal practitioners, specifying academic and professional qualifications necessary for enrolling as a practitioner of Indian Law. Section 2(a) of Advocates Act defines ‘Advocate’ to mean an advocate entered in any roll under provisions of Advocate Act. It means that only Indian citizens with a Law Degree from a recognized Indian University could enroll as Advocates under Act. Exceptions are provided under proviso to Section 24(1)(a), Section 24(1)(c) (iv) and Section 47(2) of Act.

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