Indian Bar Council lifts website ban

The Bar Council of India has lifted restrictions on law firm websites, allowing Indian lawyers to launch their own sites to provide basic information about themselves.

The decision comes after local lawyer VB Joshi filed a petition in 2000 ­challenging the council’s rule that bans lawyers from any type of advertising or soliciting for new clients.

Lawyers can now post information including names and addresses, telephone numbers, areas of practice and their academic qualifications.