Regarding foreign law firms, the Supreme Court held
- That foreign law firms can set up offices in India.
- Foreign lawyers can practice in India.
- Foreign lawyers can visit India for a temporary period on a fly in and fly out basis.
- Foreign lawyers can give advice to their clients on Indian laws.
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The division bench of the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India recently passed a crucial verdict in the matter titled Bar Council of India vs. A.K. Balaji and Ors.1 declaring that foreign lawyers/firms are not entitled to practice 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.