UK asks Indian governement to intervene for foreign law firms

January 2, 2010 Just a few days after a Bombay High Court order declared any practice by foreign firms in India illegal, Britain's Justice Department has asked the Indian law ministry to intervene and come up with a policy.

In December, the Bombay High Court ruled that the practice of law under the Advocates Act includes not just litigation practice in court but also corporate practice, advisory practice and other related practices. The liaison offices set up by UK law firms Ashurst, Chadbourne & Parke and White & Case, which had been allowed by the Reserve Bank of India, were declared illegal.

Indian law minister Veerappa Moily confirmed that a request had been received and that the Bar Council of India and law ministry "will hold discussions". However, ministry sources said, that there was very little that the government could do.

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