advocate doing business

Social Worker


Can an advocate do business in his name?

Which Section or the Law prohibits and advocate from doing so?

What action lies against such an advocate?


Please refer to the Advocates Act for detailed knowledge.



As advised by Mr. Kiran Kumar go thru The Advocates Act and Bar Council Of India Rules.

You may also go thru an interesting publication at:


Bar council suspends lawyer for running side-business as career coach; HC stays order

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

The Kerala bar council has suspended a lawyer for professional misconduct after “indulging in business activities apart from being an advocate”.

Lawyer and former IAS officer Alphons Kannanthanam had obtained a trademark as a proprietor of a “career coaching centre” while practising as a lawyer, reported The Hindu, for which the bar council’s disciplinary committee found him guilty of misconduct.

The committee held that he had “converted his proprietorship business to a private limited company and became the chairman of the company”, from which he was receiving Rs 25,000 a month as well as 15 per cent of the company’s revenues.

The committee said he should be debarred but should also be given an opportunity to stop his business within six months and continue practising as a lawyer if he desired to do so, reported The Hindu.

Update 17 November: The Kerala High Court has stayed the bar council's decision, according to a PTI report of 12 November, saying it was prima facie satisfied that the decision could not be sustained.

Valuable advice of learned experts/members is sought.

Attached File : 1023203550 refusal for grant of a sanad (dr.) haniraj l. chulani vs bar council of maharashtra & goa on 8 april, 1996.pdf, 1023203550 the advocates act 1961.pdf downloaded 197 times

Attached stay order:


Valuable advice of learned experts/members is sought.

Attached File : 1023203550 advocate k.j.alphons ... vs bar council of kerala, ... on 3 november, 2010.pdf downloaded 186 times
Social Worker

Kumar Doeb Sir!

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Social Worker

Can anyone give some SC Rulings on this topic

Social Worker

I am extremely confused about teh case law cited above n the matter of 

1996 AIR 1708, 1996 SCC (3) 342


On teh first page of teh Judgement it is written



S.B. Majmudar. J

Leave granted.


But when u go thru the entire Judgemnet we see that the leave was not granted!

Cananyone clarify!

Social Worker

I am interested in some case laws wher a pracyising lawyer has been geld guilty due to his being engaged in other voctions!


What are the provisions for Advocates to be sleeping partners/directors in companies? I see so many senior Lawyers on boards of corporates, basically for their legal acumen. How do they manage this?

Secondly cant an Advocate invest money somewhere & reap the benefits thereof? In becoming an investor, he is not taking an active part in business. Its just like investing money in FD/MF etc.






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