Despite press reports to the contrary, Indian law firms are still barred from having websites … for now at least. Ben Frumin explains

In late January, the Hindustan Times published a story that began with the line: “Lawyers can now have their own websites.” Well, that’s not quite true. At least not yet. But the story did serve to publicize calls for change, which have been wide and loud. It also highlighted evidence that change, at last, may be forthcoming.

In a recent interview, the Bar Council of India chairman, S Gopakumaran Nair, said that a joint conference with state bar councils had agreed unanimously to allow Indian lawyers to post simple authentic information on websites.

“We have viewed it from the angle of the clients,” he said, emphasizing that it was client needs, rather than overwhelming demand from the legal profession, that led the Bar Council to reconsider its position.

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