New group: Foreign law firms in India

July 18, 2009 After a Bombay High Court ruling in 1995, foreign law firms were barred from practicing in India. Under the newly enacted Limited Liability Partnership Act 2008, foreign firms are now permitted to register and offer “consultation services”. However, foreign lawyers cannot practice law before the Indian Courts without having an Indian bar license to practice law.

Only a few foreign law firms have set up offices in India, while many foreign law firms have formed a team to assist Indian clients concerning Indian law. Indian lawyers are recruited as the trainees or associates for the foreign law firms. Many Indian lawyers joining foreign law firms have studied for an LLM degree abroad after receiving an LLB in India. Some of them have passed the bar exam abroad and are qualified to appear before UK and USA courts.

The new lawyrs.net group "Foreign law firms in India" is open for the lawyrs.net members who work in foreign law firms in India.

Foreign law firms in India with a presence in India include:

- Ashurst
- Linklaters
- Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
- Allen & Overy
- Herbert Smith
- Slaughter & May
- Eversheds
- Norton Rose (all UK)
- Mayer Brown
- WilmerHale
- Shearman & Sterling
- Hogan & Hartson
- Davis Polk & Wardwell
- Akin Gump
- Paul Weiss
- Pillsbury Winthrop
- Wilson Sonsini
- Arnold & Porter
- Covington & Burling
- Perkins Coie (all USA)
- Loyens & Loeff (The Netherlands)
- Freehills
- Clayton Utz (Australia).

There's a link to the full list of foreign law firms in India including address and other contact information at http://www.lawyrs.net/groups/thread/432/list-of-foreign-law-firms-in-india.

Lawyers practicing in India may also join the group "Indian Lawyers".

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