Am I an in-house non-practising advocate?


Sourish Mohan Mitra argues that non-litigation legal work should receive due recognition

In an attempt to segregate advocates who currently appear before the courts, the Bar Council of India (BCI) is undermining the role of the in-house counsel.


First a bit of background. Faced with a growing problem of advocates failing to inform the state bar councils when they switch to other professions, the BCI last year issued the BCI Certificate and Place of Practice Verification Rules, 2015 (Verification Rules). This was done “to achieve better and effective administrative and disciplinary control” over advocates who are enrolled with the various bar councils and to weed out advocates who have left practice.

For the first time in India, the Verification Rules seek to introduce a certificate of practice, which an advocate will need to be entitled to practise law and appear in courts.

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SOURISH MOHAN MITRA studied at Symbiosis Law School, Pune, and currently works in the in-house team of a large professional services firm in Delhi. He can be reached at and via Twitter @sourish247. The views expressed are personal.