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Mumbai High Court Bars Foreign Law Firms

Posted Dec 17, 2009 8:40 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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The Mumbai High Court has ruled foreign law firms White & Case, Ashurst and Chadbourne & Parke should not have received licenses to operate in India, even for matters that don’t involve litigation.

The ruling affirms a 1995 interim decision, Bloomberg reports. The court’s new opinion said all lawyers in the country must be members of its bar councils.

White & Case and Chadbourne closed their Indian offices after the 1995 decision, but Ashurst had kept a New Delhi office to advise clients on government affairs, Bloomberg says. White & Case has an India practice based in Singapore.

Several major law firms have gotten around the ban by creating alliances with Indian firms, the Am Law Daily reports.

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