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Bar Council of India Issues Clarifications on Entry of Foreign Lawyers and Law Firms in India

Published: 20 March 2023

19 March 2023 Press Release clarifies several points of the new regulations permitting foreign lawyers and law firms to practice in India

Further to the recent announcement that foreign lawyers and law firms will be permitted to operate in India, the Bar Council of India has on 19 March 2023 clarified that foreign lawyers and law firms will be allowed to advise on foreign laws only. They will be permitted to render such advice to their foreign clients only. They will only be allowed to function in non-contentious areas of law and will not be allowed to appear before any court, tribunal or any statutory or regulatory authority. The entry of foreign lawyers will be on a reciprocal basis i.e. only if a foreign country allows Indian lawyers to practice in it, will lawyers from those countries be allowed to practice in India. The Bar Council has reiterated that the principle of reciprocity is of the essence of the new regulations.

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Michelle Solomon Le Page is a dual qualified Advocate and Solicitor in India and in England, who is based primarily in Paris, and shares her time between France and India. She speaks English, French and Hindi.  Michelle’s practice is focused on advising European and other international companies and individuals with their business interests in India including all aspects of operating a subsidiary or joint venture in India, from investing and setting up operations in India, purchasing or leasing land and building, employing and terminating workforce, managing shareholder and director relations, executing contracts, distributing and selling products in India, complying with competition laws and related litigations and arbitrations like debt recovery and shareholder disputes. Since 2012, she has been advising clients on Indian operations, acquisitions and dispute resolution across diverse sectors including construction, steel manufacturing, packaging manufacturing and distribution, hearing aids and cochlear implants, medical diagnostics sector, insurance sector, dry bulk shipping, cyber security and hacking, marinas and floating solutions and garment manufacturing and distribution. Michelle read law for 3 years at the Government Law College in Mumbai, and then completed a 3 year Bachelor of Laws degree at the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies. She subsequently completed the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in London before joining Clifford Chance London in 2007. She has been a practicing Solicitor of England & Wales from 2009. She joined Solomon & Co. in 2012 after practicing law at Clifford Chance for 5 years, both in their London and Paris offices. Michelle Solomon Le Page’s expertise includes: Corporate & Business Laws including M&A, Joint Ventures & Collaborations Litigation and Arbitration Competition & Consumer Protection Laws Real Estate & Construction Laws Succession & Inheritance Laws

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