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Bar Council of India (BCI)

25 November 2011

Mint: A page for the legal profession every second FridayMint - easily India’s best quality business daily - will now feature cutting-edge legal industry news and analysis in its pages every second Friday under an exclusive new content partnership with Legally India.

In today’s Mint edition, Legally India editor Kian Ganz’s colum demystifies India’s legal market: Despite India’s fairly average legal population density every lawyer here has to make do with only $1.4m of GDP. This, it turns out, is the lowest figure in both developed and developing legal markets. Click here to read the column on this, pseudo lawyers and more.

Please comment below or on Mint with suggestions for future topics or stories worth covering.

Also in today’s Mint: all-new research on salary progression at law firms, as well as how and why law firm salaries have risen so much in the last five years.

20 October 2011

imageLegally India editor Kian Ganz will now blog regularly in The Lawyer magazine’s new blogs section about the Indian legal landscape. Here is the first post.

By far the personal question that I get asked the most by lawyers in India and abroad is: “Why India?” You might want to ask A&O, CC, Links or Freshfields or the rest of the pack the same question.

12 October 2011

image Graduates who passed the July 2011 All India Bar Exam (AIBE) can collect their practising certificates, which now includes photographs, from state bar council offices from 25 October, said the Bar Council of India (BCI) in a press release yesterday.

04 October 2011

The All India Bar Exam (AIBE) will be held on 8 January 2012, after the Bar Council of India (BCI) had originally scheduled the exam for December 2011 in its 4 September 2011 resolution.

03 October 2011

Legally India newsletterLast week British lawyers made a push for India again with Lord Chancellor and justice secretary Ken Clarke turning up with entourage and rekindling the liberalisation talks that had become a little tepid of late. But are they following the right strategy?

28 September 2011

imageExclusive interview: Following a high-powered UK delegation’s meeting with the Indian law minister and the Bar Council of India (BCI), ex-Allen & Overy (A&O) partner and current Law Society of England & Wales president John Wotton says he is optimistic about the progress of Indian legal market liberalisation.

He is not the first foreign lawyer to have felt that way.

27 September 2011

Yesterday’s closed-door afternoon meeting between UK justice secretary Kenneth Clarke, Indian law minister Salman Kursheed and Bar Council of India (BCI) chairman Ashok Parija stopped short of reaching an agreement on the entry of foreign law firms but the countries would trial cooperation on the legal education front for the next six months.

22 September 2011

Taking exams: A desk jobExclusive: The Bar Council of India has scheduled the next All India Bar Exam (AIBE) for December 2011 but acknowledging “practical difficulties” will allow graduates to practice in courts if they give an affidavit to pass the AIBE in December.

10 August 2011

dead-end-sign_by_Andrew-Mason The Bar Council of India’s (BCI) counter-affidavit filed in the AK Balaji Chennai case against 31 foreign law firms said that the BCI has decided not to relax the restrictions prohibiting foreign lawyers from practising and that the issue raised by the writ was “no longer res integra” because it had been settled in the 2009 Lawyers Collective case.

Legally India understands that the BCI’s thinking is that internal disparities at the Indian bar need to be eradicated through reform before making any decision on foreign firms.

05 August 2011

Only 69 per cent of 11,752 bar exam test takers managed to clear the second All India Bar Exam (AIBE), as only 56 per cent of those re-taking the test for the second time managed to clear.

25 July 2011

BCI-Gopal-Subramaniumjpg The Bar Council of India (BCI) has elected a new chairman and vice chairman after solicitor general Gopal Subramanium resigned as solicitor general, according to Law et al. News.

24 July 2011

On the day of the second All India Bar Exam (AIBE) today PTI reported at least 500 lawyers protested outside one of two exam halls in Chennai, where the first exam in March had to be cancelled due to unrest.

15 July 2011

Legally India newsletterMumbai, exhibiting that clichéd resilience much loved by commentators, continued with its business despite taking shocks and wild media rumours that would dent the spirits of many other cities. While the financial capital continues to live, the legal profession faced its own share of shocks: one new Anglo-Indian best friendship, a new law minister and the loss of its solicitor general and probably also the Bar Council of India (BCI) chairman.

15 July 2011

The government has accepted solicitor general Gopal Subramanium’s resignation yesterday. Subramanium’s continuing chairmanship of the Bar Council of India (BCI) remains uncertain.

07 July 2011

The Bar Council of India (BCI) said today that over 13,000 candidates applied to take the second All India Bar Exam (AIBE), which is set to take place on 24 July after it was postponed by a month in May.

25 May 2011

examination-hall_by_comedy-nose Breaking: The second All India Bar Exam (AIBE) has been postponed by one month to 24 July, to avoid a clash with other exams and encourage further applications.

09 May 2011

Exclusive: The All India Bar Exam (AIBE) matter pending as a transfer petition before the Supreme Court is not likely to be taken up for another four to five months as the apex court registry awaits submissions of papers from various high courts.

29 April 2011

All India Bar Exam (AIBE) candidates can now apply for the online for the exam.

21 April 2011

examination-hall_by_comedy-nose The next All India Bar Exam (AIBE) will take place on 26 June 2011 for those re-taking the first exam and new candidates, said the Bar Council of India (BCI) today in a statement, adding that certificates of practice were in the process of being prepared.

07 April 2011

BCI-Gopal-SubramaniumjpgExclusive: The second All India Bar Exam (AIBE) was likely to take place on 12 June 2011, said Bar Council of India (BCI) chairman Gopal Subramanium last week, offering re-takes for the 5,700-odd candidates who failed the first exam or those who did not register or sit for the first exam.