India, UK to take forward the exchange of legal practitioners

India and the United Kingdom (UK) have decided to take forward the exchange of legal practitioners on the basis of reciprocity in accordance with the prevailing legal provisions in their respective countries.
The decision was taken during the visit of Union Law & Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to the UK from July 6-10 at the invitation of David Gauke, Secretary of State for Justice, UK. 
They later signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for enhancing bilateral cooperation in legal affairs which, inter alia, provides a framework for promoting greater co-operation between the judicial and legal professionals in both countries through the exchange of expertise and training; exchanging information regarding current issues of international significance, an official press release said.
The MoU also provides for the establishment of a Joint Consultative Committee to facilitate such exchange.
Mr Prasad informed his counterpart about the progress made in India in the field of ensuring access to justice for all, particularly using the power of technology through initiatives like Tele-Law, e-Court services and digitization of Courts.
The two ministers reiterated their commitment to deepening bilateral cooperation in legal matters, including Arbitration, Legal training and exchange of best practices, taking advantage of the shared common law heritage of the two countries.
Mr Prasad also met Jermy Wright, the newly appointed Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports. He pointed out the tremendous opportunities which have opened up due to the rapid growth of the digital profile and digital penetration of India due to the inclusive adaptation of digital technology. He urged Mr Wright to encourage UK IT firms to take advantage of such openings by investing in India.
Earlier, the Minister chaired a round table of leading Indian and UK IT firms jointly organised by NASSCOM with its counterpart TechUK. Representatives from Indian IT companies such as Wipro, Infosys and TCS as well as UK companies such as WNS, First Source, BBC and NTT attended the event.
The Minister expressed appreciation for the tremendous interest shown by UK companies in India’s digital story and listed out some of the possible areas of growth such as skill enhancement, fintech and emerging technologies such as AI and Cyber Security.
IT firms could leverage the growth potential and size of India’s growing digital economy, which is expected to reach the size of $ 1 trillion in the next few years, for their own growth, he said.
Mr Prasad also addressed a gathering of leading Indian and UK professionals at the Asia House, highlighting the digital opportunities that exist in India. 
The Minister also delivered a talk to a gathering of top legal experts and representatives from leading UK Law firms at an event organized by the Law Society of UK and Wales where he spoke about the investment opportunities that had emerged in India in a range of sectors due to the far-reaching and bold reforms undertaken by the present Government.
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