Top 10 Lawyers in India and their Fees

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April 08, 2023
By Advocate Chikirsha Mohanty

It is important to note that legal fees in India are not regulated by any statutory authority, and are subject to negotiation between the advocate and the client. The fees charged by advocates can vary widely depending on factors such as their experience, reputation, expertise, and the nature of the case. 

Provided below is a list of the top 10 lawyers in India and an estimation of the legal fees charged by them:

Ram Jethmalani, India's highest-paid lawyer

Ram Jethmalani was an Indian politician and lawyer. He was also the Union Minister of Law and Justice in India. He was well-known in the Indian legal community for his interest in criminal law and his high-profile civil cases.
He is India's highest-paid lawyer, charging up to Rs. 25 lakh for a single appearance. Harshad Mehta and Ketan Parekh were among his clients, and he also represented L. K. Advani in the Hawala fraud.

Harish Salve and his legal fees

For three years, Harish Salve was India's Solicitor General. In India's Supreme Court, he argued the first anti-dumping case. Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Industries Limited, Tata Group, ITC Limited, and Salman Khan are among his many clients. He campaigned for Kulbhushan Jadav, who was sentenced to death by the Pakistani military after being convicted of being a spy. In some cases, he has reportedly charged a retainer fee of up to Rs. 50 lakh, and an appearance fee of up to Rs. 15 lakh per day in court.

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Fali S. Nariman and his legal fees

For his contributions to the law and judicial system, Fali S Nariman has been awarded the Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan, and the Prize for Justice. He is also a well-known Indian jurist on the world stage. He has appeared in several high-profile cases, including Golak Nath, S.P. Gupta, Pai Foundation, and others. He also represented the Gujarat government in the Narmada rehabilitation case and testified in support of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalitha's bail. For his cases, he charges between Rs. 8 and Rs. 15 lakh. 

Aryama Sundaram and his legal fees

He has been appointed as a senior advocate and specializes in corporate law, as well as constitutional law and media law. He has represented the Board of Control for Cricket in India, Anil Ambani, and a number of other high-profile clients regularly. For his cases, he charges between Rs. 5.5 and Rs. 15 lakh.

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K K Venugopal and his legal fees

K K Venugopal is regarded as one of India's most well-known lawyers. Bhutan's government even invited him to provide crucial consultations for the formulation of their constitution. For his efforts as a lawyer, he has been awarded the Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan. His cost for each case goes from Rs. 5-7.5 lakh. 

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Gopal Subramaniam and his legal fees

Gopal Subramaniam is a well-known lawyer who mostly operates in India's Supreme Court. From 2009 until 2011, he served as India's Solicitor General. There were a number of significant instances in which he appeared, including the OBC quota in central educational institutions and the sealing of commercial structures in Delhi's residential zones. During his stint as Solicitor General, Subramaniam also served as Chairman of the Bar Council of India. For his cases, he charges between Rs. 5.5 and Rs. 15 lakh. 

Ashok Desai and his legal fees

Ashok H. Desai was an Indian lawyer who practiced at the Indian Supreme Court. From 9 July 1996 to 6 May 1998, he served as India's Attorney General. From 18 December 1989 to 2 December 1990, he served as the Solicitor General of India. In 2001, he received the Padma Bhushan award as well as the Law Luminary Award. In September 2009, North Orissa University awarded him an honorary doctorate in “recognition of his contribution to the field of law and jurisprudence.”

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Abhishek Manu Singhvi and his legal fees

At the age of 37, he was India's youngest Additional Solicitor General. He demands a price of Rs. 6-11 lakh.


KTS Tulsi and his legal fees

Robert Vadra is one of his many high-profile clients, as he is a well-known and senior advocate who practices in the Supreme Court of India. He has been the President of the Criminal Justice Society of India since 1994. Tulsi has also served as a Supreme Court representative for the Indian government. His fee for each appearance is Rs. 5 lakh.

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Salman Khurshid and his legal fees

He served as the previous government's Minister of External Affairs. He charges Rs 5 lakh for each appearance.


Prashant Bhushan and his legal fees

Prashant Bhushan is a senior advocate of the Supreme Court of India and a well-known public interest lawyer. However, as with other private practitioners, his fees are not publicly disclosed, and it is up to him and his clients to negotiate his fees for legal services.

It is also worth noting that Prashant Bhushan has often taken up cases involving public interest or social justice causes, and has sometimes represented clients pro bono or at a reduced fee. In some cases, he has also crowdfunded his legal fees, seeking contributions from the public to fund his legal battles.


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