Advocates, in addition to being professionals, are also officers of the courts and play a vital role in the administration of justice. Accordingly, the set of rules that govern their professional conduct arise out of the duty that they owe the court, the client, their opponents and other advocates

Some of the Supreme Court seniors can also be enticed to leave their traditional home turf of the Supreme Court and cross the road to Sher Shah Suri Road, but it will cost clients—usually a minimum of Rs.7 lakh at the top end.

One extreme is that since most successful senior counsel on the above list are extremely busy, those specializing in one court generally don’t want to waste their time travelling between courts when they could be arguing another matter in their home court at the same time.

Various Pune advocates told Legally India that preparation for appearing in the high court was similar to the preparation required for final arguments at the Supreme Court, given that the high court hears full and detailed arguments every day.