The Ban on Advertising as a Canon of Ethics for Lawyers

  • Vanshika Agarwal
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  • Vanshika Agarwal

    Student at Jindal Global Law School, India

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The paper aims to identify the persistent stigma surrounding advertisements by lawyers and observe the period changes that have made such ban on advertising redundant. This paper consists of an analysis of judicial decisions that have moved back and forth between the rights of lawyers to be able to advertise as opposed to their duties as officers of the court and not businessmen. It questions the judiciary’s reluctance at identifying the modern aspects of the legal profession as commercial enterprises and recognises the embodiment of the right to advertisement in the right to freedom of speech and expression, which is a protected fundamental right in the constitution. Lastly, it aims to identify the arguments presented by the opponents of advertisements by lawyers and find justifications for the alternative, if the ban was to be lifted by BCI.


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International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 4, Issue 4, Page 182 - 186


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