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SC foreign law firm judgment expected tomorrow (13 March)

All indications are that tomorrow’s judgment day will be less exciting than this movieAll indications are that tomorrow’s judgment day will be less exciting than this movie

The long-long-running Supreme Court case hearing the Bar Council of India (BCI) appeal against the Madras high court's AK Balaji judgment, which allowed foreign law firms to operate in India on a fly-in-fly-out basis, is listed for tomorrow as cause list number 1501.

As we had reported on 1 February, the hearings in the case had seen substantive arguments made though counsel for foreign firms were eventually more conservative in the final leg of the hearings.

Most observers expect justices Adarsh Kumar Goel and Rohinton Fali Nariman to preserve the status quo and to pass the ball back to the government tomorrow, which has expressed a preference for liberalisation of the legal market for several years now.

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