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Gopal Subramanium joins English barristers set 3 Verulam as an arbitrator

Subramanium: StreamliningSubramanium: Streamlining

Senior counsel Gopal Subramanium has joined English barristers’ chamber 3 Verulam Buildings as an associate member and arbitrator.

Subramanium said that he would focus on arbitration but would not be seeking admission at the English bar for the foreseeable future, unlike senior counsel Harish Salve who was admitted to the English bar after joining Blackstone Chambers in July.

Subramanium explained that from next year he would probably focus on more arbitrations in London with Verulam after several academic initiatives and delivering the Sir Asutosh Mookerjee memorial lectures.

“I have visited 3 Verulam, and I like the place very much, I love the people, they are extra professional and courteous,” he said about the set, which is one of London’s top commercial chambers.

As an arbitrator, who is also a member of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre’s India panel, he would specialise in particular on investment treaty disputes, though he would not be giving up his Supreme Court practice.

“I’m already quite selective,” he said about his Indian case-load. “I do important cases, important pro bono cases, and that’s how I’m getting time to do academic work. I have to do just a little bit of streamlining.”

Subramanium, who was formerly solicitor general and Bar Council of India (BCI) chairman, is also a visiting professor at Delhi University and an honorary adjunct professor at Jindal Global Law School.

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Like +4 Object -0 hypocrites 02 Nov 13, 06:56
well, the industry leaders seek income from practice outside India but not utter a word against the monopolist law firm owners who prevent foreign law firms from operating in India.....

sickening, this all pervasive hypocritical attitude.

Anywyas I wish GS all the best. [...]
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Like +30 Object -2 ABC 02 Nov 13, 09:37  interesting  top rated
Height of hypocrisy. As BCI Chairman he did not allow UK law firms to enter India but has no problem working for one in the UK.
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Like +2 Object -0 KA 06 Nov 13, 18:20
Don't forget that he started his practice with Amarchand in 1980. The Amarchand in him remains. And this general hypocrisy will touch new heights when Amarchand opens a foreign office!
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Like +1 Object -0 anonmumbai 07 Nov 13, 11:42
could be a possibility if amarchand opens a foreign office!!
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Like +0 Object -0 anonmumbai 07 Nov 13, 11:52
I think there is nothing wrong in allowing them as long as they also have a competitive exam to enter into the legal market in India. If we are permitted to practice abroad after passing their bar exams why not allow them in India. Good-bye to the majority mom and pop law firms in India!!!

In India Law has to be seen beyond politics!!!
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Like +3 Object -0 Jan 02 Nov 13, 10:10
The new trend. I will also join some building in a few years.
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Like +0 Object -0 Naan-NLS 02 Nov 13, 13:01
I will ask my real estate czar client to buy/develop a building in London so that I can join it!
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Like +0 Object -0 Good speaker... 02 Nov 13, 23:35
A good representative for the Indian legal community... Spoke well at the IBA Conference in Boston this year... [...]
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Like +3 Object -27 Advocate 03 Nov 13, 11:33  troll?
We support decision of Shri Subramanium not to allow English law firm in India. These firm will give high salary to youngsters and destroy guru shishya tradition of Indian legal profession. We can also see that Indian lawyers is among top in the world as can be seen from achievement of Shri Subramanium. So what for we need firms from England?
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Like +13 Object -1 Kode the Lone Wolf 03 Nov 13, 13:25  interesting  top rated
What crappy guru-shishya thing are you talking about?
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Like +0 Object -0 lawyer 04 Nov 13, 20:43
ever heard of sarcasm?
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Like +0 Object -0 me2lawyer 04 Nov 13, 22:33

Aur batao?
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Like +1 Object -0 Anon 05 Nov 13, 00:39
I don't think this guy was being sarcastic...
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Like +5 Object -0 Just Another Litigator 03 Nov 13, 21:23  interesting
'So what for we need firms from England?', you ask? Very simply, to replace people like you.
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Like +3 Object -0 Quote 04 Nov 13, 00:00
Foreign law firms will not be allowed in India: BCI chief
TNN Jun 10, 2010

On the issue of foreign firms coming to the country, Subramanium says, "Lawyers of this country has sacrificed a lot for freedom and we cannot compromise by allowing foreign law firms to practice in courts and tribunals in the country."
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Like +3 Object -0 8ball 04 Nov 13, 11:51
Kian I remember that when you interviewed Harish Salve when he joined the UK barrister's firm you asked him about liberalization and he firmly supported it. Why don't you ask the same question to Mr Gopal?
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Like +3 Object -0 Great 04 Nov 13, 17:10
Very good question 8ball. Kian, we hope you respond.
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Like +0 Object -0 Anon 05 Nov 13, 00:40
Waiting for an answer
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Like +2 Object -0 krish 05 Nov 13, 22:28
Kian is about as candid and articulate on controversial issues as Manmohan Singh and Shivraj Patil, so I suggest you try your luck elsewhere.
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Like +2 Object -2 kianganz 06 Nov 13, 12:21
Sorry for the delay in my response.

For one, I didn't ask GS the same question because he is not not actually going to be practicing law in England, so it's not exactly identical or as relevant a question as in Harish Salve's case. And, second of all, are readers really interested in every single lawyers' view on the liberalisation issue?

"Quote" @7 above, I didn't actually think that GS was very strongly against the entry of foreign law firms, whether while at the BCI or now. Nor did I remember / was aware of, that comment.

But if you carefully read that quote from the TOI (and ignore the headline, which seems inaccurate), it is actually quite the opposite - he said "we cannot compromise by allowing foreign law firms to practice in courts and tribunals" in India, which doesn't at all address law firms opening up shop here (which is what most foreign law firms are actually interested in, rather than the courts).

GS, as I understand it, was rather pragmatic while at the BCI. And with the changes in legal education (particularly with the AIBE) that he pushed through, I don't think he would have been able to rock the boat much more on foreign firms' entry, at least in the short term that he had. If he'd continued for a longer time, who knows what would have happened...
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Like +5 Object -0 Dazed and Confused 06 Nov 13, 13:39  interesting
C'mon, not asking a former head of BCI about his current stance on liberalization when he takes up a relationship with a foreign chambers is indeed a missed opportunity. Why so dainty? It's sort of like gay marriage - if you keep asking, and build a body of opinion, even the nasty folks may come around.

In any event, it's really your duty to keep asking these critical questions of those with the duty and power to bring about change.
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Like +2 Object -1 AC 04 Nov 13, 12:39
BCI's contention was that UK does not allow recirprocity, now that reciprocity is being met with, what new the BCI has to say with regard to entry of foreign law firms ?
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Like +5 Object -3 DC 04 Nov 13, 14:17
This isn' reciprocity. Salve was called to the Bar. Mr. Subramanium has joined as an Associate Member of the Set. Still doesn't allow him to appear before English Courts. Plus, reciprocity would require any and all Indian lawyers to get these rights.
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Like +2 Object -0 Dazed and Confused 06 Nov 13, 10:35
BCI keeps revising the definition of "reciprocity." It now includes a marriage match, home, two cars and a Swiss bank account.
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Like +0 Object -0 LOL 06 Nov 13, 13:20
Quoting Dazed and Confused:
BCI keeps revising the definition of "reciprocity." It now includes a marriage match, home, two cars and a Swiss bank account.

Brilliant comment!
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Like +0 Object -0 MK 05 Nov 13, 17:57
All the lawyers crying for foreign firms to enter the legal market in India would do well to use their voices for the betterment of their position and conditions of employment in their existing firms.

Most of you bend over backwards to appease your partners, instead of taking a stand early in your career. And you expect foreign players to come in and be magnanimous? Give you a life, more money? Right.. because that's how global players remain profitable.
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Like +1 Object -1 expose 06 Nov 13, 11:00
It is being rumoured that a person opposed to legal reforms has contributed crores of black money to the election fund of a major political party. I hope courts allow political parties to come under RTI as I intend to file an RTI and expose this person.
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Like +1 Object -0 Guest 06 Nov 13, 12:34
What legal reforms is this person opposed to? How do such proposed legal reforms affect him individually to such great extent that he is contributing crores to fund the election campaign? Please answer these two queries before you file an RTI
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Like +0 Object -0 lawyer 06 Nov 13, 18:09
please do so. most of the lawyers of this country will be very grateful to you for exposing the true enemies of the young Indian lawyers
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Like +1 Object -0 BA, LLB 10 Nov 13, 18:29
Congrats, Mr Subramaniam. Kudos to GS for introducing the bar qualifying exam despite tremendous opposition while you headed the BCI.

It takes lot of guts and belief in one's views to introduce change. Esp in a crusty outfit like BCI, filled as it is with mere time-servers.

I remember in my early days in the profession when I was in Delhi your excellent advocacy skills. Thanks to our senior for encouraging rookies like us to listen to one of the all-time greats whenever you happened to be in the Delhi HC. Your polished diction and expression and incisive analysis was simply superb.

I am glad legal counsel of your high calibre will be representing in an an informal way the current crop of advocates in India. Wish you all the best.
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