The British Government expects British law firms to enter India in the
next three months and Bangalore is expected to be first on the list.
Outsourcing is the name of the game today and it is slowly spreading
to every field. This being the scenario, the Legal Department cannot
be far behind. The British Government expects British law firms to
enter India in the next three months and Bangalore is expected to be
first on the list.
Baroness Cathy Ashton, British Law Minister and Parliamentary Under
Secretary of State for the Department of Constitutional Affairs in a recent interview said that the process would be gradual and there would not be any rush. She said Indian lawyers need not feel threatened, as this
arrangement would only create more job opportunities in India. She
said that she was hopeful of at least 50,000 jobs being created in
The minister, however, ruled out any possibility of the British
lawyers practising in the Indian Courts. She said that the idea was
not to compete with the Indian lawyers, but to join hands and compete
with the rest of the world.
Mrs Ashton, who also addressed members of the State Bar Council, said
that the British Law Society was more friendly towards the Indian
lawyers as the laws were the same. An Indian wanting to practice in
Britain would have to take only one ethics test, while lawyers from
other countries would have to write six tests.
She said that the need was to amend the Bar Council rules and make a
provision for enrolment of British lawyers in India. She, however,
added that a separate disciplinary committee ought to be constituted
and if any British lawyer was found guilty of professional misconduct,
the British Law Society would have to be informed.
This issue had been mired in controversy with the Bar Council
of India opposing legal outsourcing. However, the Bar Council gave the
go ahead for this. Rumour has it that the approval was granted after most of the Bar Council of India members were taken on a sponsored tour to the UK— allegedly to study the working pattern of the advocates over there.