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Foreign lawyers cleared to advise in India

22nd February 2012

India's Chennai High Court has ruled that lawyers from other countries will now be able to visit and offer advice on matters of foreign law, without the fear of prosecution. There had previously been some confusion over whether this was the case, with a landmark action taken against 31 non-Indian firms recently ending in confirmation that international commercial arbitration will be permitted.

The result also means that Legal Process Outsourcing (LPO) companies can be set up, provided they adhere to strict regulations and refrain from offering their own legal counsel.

The court, however, added that neither foreign practices nor individuals can base full-scale operations in the country, and are not allowed to give advice on legal issues specific to India.  

The ruling clears the way for the creation of further lawyer jobs in the UK and around the world, as India’s growing economy deals with more and more international companies and the need for consultation from so-called ‘fly-in-fly-out’ solicitors grows.