This barrier is unrelated to the end of the transition period, following the United Kingdom's departure from the EU.


Restrictions on UK law firms operating in India

in India

Trade barrier summary

At the time of writing, foreign law firms are not permitted to establish a presence in India under the Advocates Act 1961. According to the 2018 Indian Supreme Court decision foreign qualified lawyers may only provide fly-in-fly-out services in foreign and international law on a 'casual basis'. Foreign lawyers may not provide services in respect of anything that touches on Indian Law. Those considering practising should, therefore, check beforehand.

Sectors affected

  • Financial and professional services



Date reported

24 June 2019

Last updated

18 December 2020

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