Being a lawyer takes inestimable amounts of investment in degrees of effort and money. People usually misconceive the profession of a lawyer to be nothing than lucrative and posh. There are much amply interesting aspects about being a lawyer than just money.
Lawyers significantly hold a prominently prestigious status and an impressive image polished by the media. This aspect of their profession is entirely justified by the challenges and the intellectual hurdles they face in their career, which are faced using each of their unique skill and calibre. Their work has the innate ability to change the outlook of a society, the person they are representing is from.
In the end, when it all comes down to money, most lawyers have their incomes which are well above the national average and inarguably stand at the top among the highest paid professionals in the country. Given below is the list of the top 10 most expensive lawyers in India in 2018.
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10. Ashok Desai
He is one of the most prominent lawyers in the Supreme Court and is one of the most experienced lawyers and a senior advocate in the Supreme Court even with a change in his line of work. He has been awarded the Padma Bhushan for his recognised contribution to the field of law and jurisprudence. He started his career in 1956 and was appointed as the Senior advocate in 1977, after which his income shot up unbelievably.
9. Kottayan Katankot Venugopal
He is the most accepted lawyer when cases regarding constitutional issues arise. One among his many notable cases include the 2G Spectrum Case, and he has also been invited by the government of Bhutan as a consulting expert for the drafting of their constitution. He is currently 85 years old and has been awarded both the Padma Bhushan and the Padma Vibhushan for his services.
8. Dr. Abhishek Singhvi
This lawyer-turned-politician is now currently a member of the Indian National Congress Party. He is the youngest to be appointed as the Additional Solicitor General of India. He is now 57 years old and earns more than 6 lakhs for each hearing. Though his name was blemished in quite many controversies, his brilliance in the legal line brought him back his undivided reputation.
7. Soli J Sorabjee
He was appointed as the Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of India in 1971 and is one of the oldest and the most experienced lawyers in the Supreme court. He was a Solicitor General for three years from 1977 to 1980. He has been awarded the Padma Bhushan for his services in the freedom and protection of human rights in many of his cases. He has a success rate of almost 80%, which is undoubtedly more than most of his co-lawyers.
6. Harish Salve
He is the most expensive lawyer and the 43rd most powerful person in the country as of 2017 according to India Today. He is a senior advocate of the Supreme Court and has also appeared in many high courts for many cases mostly as a counsel. He too served as the Solicitor General of India for three years and has worked with Soli Sorabjee for six years.
5. Rohinton F Nariman
This lawyer mainly deals with cases involving corporate issues and has been named the king in such cases by his sheer experience and his constitutional knowledge. His exceptional calibre was highly recognised by the Supreme Court, which made him a Senior Advocate at the age of 36 itself when the minimum age for such a promotion is 40 and he had not even practiced law for 20 years. His father, Fali Nariman, was one of the most reputed lawyers of his time. He grew out of his own talent and sheer interest in law and is now one of the most expensive lawyers in the country.
4. Mukul Rohatgi
Unlike many other lawyers, he uniquely engages in a high volume of argumentative vocational exchanges to make his point in his case, as a result of which he was named the Lead Vocalist by the Times of India. Instead of actually quoting laws, he brings up a precedence to a scenario that is present in his case and makes the judge look from his perspective. He was appointed the Additional Solicitor by the Vajpayee Government.
3. K. Parasaran
He is one of the most reputed lawyers specialising in cases involving constitutional issues that seem too complicated for any other lawyer. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan, the Padma Vibhushan and has also received the Presidential Nomination to the Rajya Sabha in 2012. He was the Attorney General of Tamil Nadu under President’s rule in 1976 and was appointed the Attorney General of India by Indira Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.
2. Fali. S. Nariman
He is the aforementioned father of Rohinton F Nariman, and is one of the most experienced lawyers in the Supreme Court. He is known for his unique style of questioning the opponent. He represents a lot of major political parties and top-class firms in Karnataka, for which he is also the state lawyer. He is one of the most successful and the second most expensive lawyer in the country.
1. Ram Jethmalani
He is an extremely famous criminal lawyer and has known to bring up his constitution and criminal knowledge from time to time. He is excessively skilled and sharp in his arguments and has the ability to shake the confidence of the opponents by the roots just by his elegantly formidable arguments. He is not that active as he was during the prime time of his career in the Supreme Court, but is still the most expensive and high-earning lawyer in the country.
All these aforementioned lawyers have seen enormous developments in their careers in obtrusive, as well as inspiring ways. They have proved from time-to-time that being a lawyer is not just about money but serves as an ordeal which is much more societally changing than any other line of work in the country.