Indian High Court Says Foreign Attys Can't Set Up Shop

Law360, New York (July 5, 2012, 9:55 PM EDT) -- The Supreme Court of India on Wednesday said foreign lawyers can visit the country for temporary periods to provide legal advice but cannot open offices in the country.

In a brief order clarifying a lower court's February ruling, the high court said India's Advocates Act — which prohibits foreign firms from participating in litigation in Indian courts — applies to litigious matters and nonlitigious matters.

In addition, the court said the "Reserve Bank of India shall not grant any permission to the foreign law firms to...
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