The success rate of a lawyer and his or her experience determine the amount they charge for each appearance in the court for a client. The quest for justice in India is extremely expensive and time consuming. Nevertheless, people with deep pockets want to get hold of a lawyer who can guarantee them success in return for an exorbitant fee. Celebrity lawyers are those who have gained fame by virtue of their success and skills in the courtroom. These lawyers are adept in getting a firm hold on the case and getting the desired results for the clients.
This is the list of the top ten highest hearing fees paid lawyers in India.
10. Ashok Desai
Ashok Desai is an advocate in the Supreme Court of India. Desai was the Solicitor General of India from 1989 to 1990. He was also the Attorney General of India from 1996-1998. He is a distinguished lawyer and a recipient of the Padma Bhushan. He charges Rs 2 lakhs for each hearing.
9. R.F. Nariman
He is a Harvard Law graduate and the son of the famed lawyer Fali Nariman. Nariman enjoys the distinction of being appointed as a senior advocate in the Supreme Court at the age of 37 instead of the mandatory age of 45. Nariman is the acting Solicitor General of India and is also a senior counsel. Nariman charges more than Rs 2 lakhs from his clients for each hearing.
8. K.K. Venugopal
K K Venugopal is a senior advocate of the Supreme Court of India. He is a Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan awardee. KK Venugopal was also hired by the Government of Bhutan for consultations during the drafting of the constitution of Bhutan. He has fought many cases for the State Governments and govt. institutions for free. Venugopal charges more than Rs 3 lakhs for each appearance in the court.
7. Mukul Rohatgi
He is the current Attorney General of India and has held the position of Additional Solicitor General of India. He is a senior advocate in the Supreme Court. He represented the Gujarat government in Supreme Court in the 2002 communal riots case and the fake encounter cases. He also represented the government in the well known Best Bakery case. Rohatgi charges Rs 5 lakhs or more for each hearing.
6. Abhishek Singhvi
Abhishek Singhvi became the youngest Attorney General of India at the age of 37. He is a senior advocate and also the member of the Indian National Congress. He is currently a member of Rajya Sabha and represents Congress from the state of Rajasthan. Singhvi charges Rs 6 lakhs for each appearance. He was at the centre of a controversy involving a sex tape.