Dear Mr. Mohan
Offering as well as accepting "Referral Fee" by Advocates registered with the Bar Council of India is illegal and amounts to misconduct, making such Advocates, liable to be struck off as Advocates.
Rule 47 to 52 of the Bar Council of India Rules specifies the permitted remuneration and income by an Advocate, and absence of income from referral fee is conspicuous in the rules as the same is not permitted. Bar Council Rules further prohibit receiving "Success Fee" or "Fee by percentage upon success in a case", as the same amounts to professional misconduct. Entering into agreements and understandings are also prohibited and amount to professional misconduct.