A Glimpse into the Future of a Liberalized Legal Landscape


One of the stated objectives of liberalisation is to make India a preferred destination for international commercial arbitration. International lawyers are being encouraged to represent their clients in international arbitration being held in India. But the BCI Rules and subsequent clarifications make it clear that international lawyers are not permitted to appear before any court or tribunal in India. Consequently, barrister-side litigation in India is not likely to be directly impacted. 

The impact will be more indirect. The entry of international firms will create a new category of client for some chambers and disputes firms. International firms will take on the solicitor role in selecting and briefing domestic counsel on a case. These matters will largely concern the domestic litigation leg of international arbitration (for eg., appointment of arbitrator or seeking interim relief) and high-stakes corporate litigation involving an international company. 

This new client category can catalyse an improvement in the service levels of litigation chambers. To be able to work more effectively with ILFs, domestic litigators will be encouraged to put a premium on clearer and more concise drafting, sharper client communication and accessible knowledge management systems. This upgrade will potentially raise the standards of service quality across the high-stakes commercial litigation ecosystem.

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