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In light of the contemporary practice of filing a Vakalatnama in the name of the law firm which is engaged, the Bar Council of Delhi has clarified that a Vakalatnama can be signed only by an advocate.
The clarification dated November 11, 2018, categorically states that law firms are not competent and authorized to file Vakalatnama before any Court, Tribunal, Authority, in Arbitration or any other proceedings.
If such a Vakalatnama is signed by a law firm and not an advocate, it “should not be entertained or accepted.”
The Council thus clarifies that every Vakalatnama has to be duly signed by an advocate, mentioning his/her name, along with enrollment number, and must be affixed with the welfare stamp of requisite value as being mandatory, without which the Vakalatnama cannot be accepted.
Read the Clarification: