India to liberalise law firm website advertising

The Bar Council of India has responded to widespread demands by announcing it is to lift restrictions on law firm websites.


 The bar is planning to amend the regulation dealing with law firm advertising in March which will allow firms to include a variety of information on their websites. Since 2008, firms were permitted to have websites, but only  in accordance with advertising restrictions imposed by the bar which specified that only contact information, areas of specialisation, and qualifications were allowed.  In 2010, the bar council planned to regulate the sites with special attention to foreign firms, but have not yet done so.  
Currently, big firms have the power to advertise through other means, such as sponsoring events, which puts smaller firms at a disadvantage.  Some lawyers hope the lifted restrictions will equalise the competition between the new firms and established ones.  Source:

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