To start, it’s critical to recognize the value of an advocate in society. The rise of attorneys as a class of professions is attributed to the need for qualified employees who can act as the appropriate conduit to facilitate communication between the general public and the courts.
In the context of statutory and legal rights, this entails providing legal assistance on the claimant’s rights, liberties, and property as well as defending the client in disputes before an adjudicatory authority.
A lawyer is a person with specific responsibility for aiding in the attainment of justice who represents a client or an objective third party. You wouldn’t have anyone else to protect you against legal abuse if attorneys weren’t there.
Being an advocate comes with a lot of obligations, both personally and financially. You are helping people who are dealing with more serious problems as well as marital or financial challenges.
Students believe that judges are the only ones who make a lot of money and that lawyers don’t. But trust me—many Indian attorneys make a good living! Let’s look at the top wealthiest attorneys in India. This will dispel the misconception that the Indian legal sector is not particularly lucrative. Additionally, it would encourage lawyers and university students in India to work harder in their chosen fields of law.
Top Highest Paid Lawyers in India
1 – Ram Jethmalani: INR 25 lakhs
Ram Jethmalani, one of the highest-paid attorneys who passed away in September 2019, was renowned for his open demeanor in both the media and the courtroom.
In court, he defended Harshad Mehta in the infamous Stock Market Scam case from 1992. He was one of the top paid lawyers in India and used to charge INR 25 lac each appearance. We’ll name some of the well-known attorneys, including the late Jethmalani, who is currently the most costly to retain.
2 – Kapil Sibal: INR 8-16 lakhs
Kapil Sibal is known for having a number of significant positions in the Indian government. In 1972, he joined the Bar Association, and in 1983, he was promoted to senior advocate. He oversaw the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Indian Delegation at Bali in 2007.
He was the only attorney to have represented a Supreme Court judge in the impeachment proceedings and appeared in Parliament. He was involved in several well-known cases, including the National Herald Case, the Coal Scam, and the BCCI Scam.
3- Fali s Nariman: INR 10-15 lakhs
Mr. Nariman, who holds the third spot, is an internationally renowned lawyer from India. He received the Padma Bhushan in 1991, the Padma Vibhusan in 2007, and the Gruber Prize of Justice in 2002, among other honors.
He still has the title of senior advocate despite being 92 years old. Nariman testified in favor of Union Carbide in the horrific Bhopal Gas Tragedy lawsuit, Golak Nath, and T.M.A. Pai Foundation, among other important cases.
4 – Harish Salve: INR 6-15
According to India Today’s 2017 list of the 50 most powerful persons, Harish Salve came in at number 43. He presented the first anti-dumping case before India’s Supreme Court. Among his many customers are Salman Khan, Tata Group, and Reliance Industries Limited, owned by Mukesh Ambani.
Additionally, he represented Kulbhushan Jadav, who was sentenced to death by the Pakistani military after being accused of being a spy, before the International Court of Justice (ICJ). He was just selected to serve as a Queen’s Counsel in the courts of England and Wales starting in 2020.
5- K Parasaran: INR 10-12 Lakh
He charges between INR 10 and 12 lakhs for appearances and has received the Padma Bhusan (2011) and Padma Vibhusan awards (2003). He is an experienced lawyer who has a wicked sense of humor. During the administrations of Prime Ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, he served as both India’s Solicitor General and Attorney General.
In the Sabarimala Case and the Ayodhya Land Dispute Case, he is renowned for standing up for the rights of the deity and the faithful. Sanjay Kishan Kaul, a former judge in the Supreme Court, referred to him as the “Pitamah of the Indian Bar Council.”
6- Soli Jehangir Sorabjee: INR 8-15 lacs
He passed away in April 2021 as a result of COVID-19. He received the Padma Vibhushan in 2002 for his support of human rights preservation and freedom of expression. He had also helped the attorneys in the well-known Kesavananda Bharti case, a turning point in the debate over the constitutional basic structure theory.
7- Abhishek Singhvi: INR 6-11 Lakh
At the age of 37, he became the youngest Additional solicitor general of India. He is currently the national spokesperson for the Indian National Congress and a representative from West Bengal in the Rajya Sabha.
He bills between Rs. 6 and Rs. 11 lakh for each appearance. Under the supervision of Sir William Wade, a constitutional lawyer at Cambridge University, he earned his Ph.D. in law, with a focus on emergency powers. Abhishek Manu Singhvi is his complete name.
8- Kottayan Katankot Venugopal: INR 7-10 Lakh
The current Attorney General of India has received the Padma Bhushan (2022) and Padma Vibhushan (2015). He charges around Rs 7-10 lakh per appearance, but he cannot fight cases on behalf of others because he is currently the Chief Legal Advisor to the Government of India.
He defended BJP leader L.K Advani in the Babri Demolition Case. He served as Assistant Solicitor General in the Morarji Desai administration. Bhutan’s government appointed him as a constitutional adviser in charge of drafting the country’s constitution.
9- Mukul Rohatgi: INR 6-9 Lakh
Mukul Rohatgi is another well-known lawyer who has defended the Gujarat government in the Supreme Court in cases such as the Best Bakery and Zahira Sheikh Matters, which involved allegedly false encounter deaths. In 1999, he joined the Vajpayee administration as Additional Solicitor General of India. Mukul Rohatgi charges up to ten lakh rupees per hearing.
10- Gopal Subramaniam: INR 5-10 Lakh
He served as India’s Additional Solicitor General (2005-2009) and Solicitor General from 2009 to 2011. He took on the case against Ajmal Kassab as well as the infamous 2G spectrum case for the Indian government. From 2010 to 2011, he also held the position of chairman of the Bar Council of India.
He earned his legal degree from the University of Delhi’s Faculty of Law. He is recognized for his work in the BALCO case in 2012, Novartis v. Union of India & Others in 2013, and Devidas Ramchandra Tuljpurkar v. State of Maharashtra cases (2015). He wants between 5 and 10- lakhs INR for each appearance.
11- Aryama Sundaram: INR 6-8 Lakh
He is an experienced attorney who has defended a number of well-known clients in court, including Anil Ambani, the BCCI, and others. He served as the attorney in the S. Rangarajan case, which resulted in one of the most important rulings concerning the right to free speech and expression. He bills between Rs 6 and Rs 8 lakhs for each presentation. He goes by the moniker C. Aryama Sundaram.
12- K.T.S Tulsi: INR5-8 Lakh
He was born in Punjab’s Hoshiarpur and earned his law degree there in 1971. He frequently defended the Indian government before the Supreme Court in matters involving the murder of the former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi and the constitutionality of the TADA Act now no longer exists.
In the Vadra-DLF land matter, he also defended Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law (Robert Vadra). He requests a fee of between Rs 5 and Rs 8 lakhs per appearance.
13- P. P. Rao: INR 5 Lakh
His full name is Pavani Parameswara Rao, and among his clients are the Government of India and several state governments. He is Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s lawyer and a former president of the Supreme Court Bar Association.
He charged around INR 5 lakhs for each appearance. He earned his LLB and LLM degrees from Osmania University in Hyderabad.