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An association uniting
General Counsels across India
A platform to represent the
voice of in-house legal counsels
Strategiser, Enabler, Protector

Welcome to the General Counsels’ Association of India

The General Counsels’ Association of India (GCAI) is a body formed and managed by in-house legal counsel with a vision to create a distinct professional identity for General Counsels and institutionalise this profession as a separate specialised stream of legal practice with due recognition.

Goals

The General Counsels’ Association of India (GCAI) aims to be the premier association addressing the diverse needs of in-house counsel who are qualified and possess a law degree duly recognised by the Bar Council of India. The key objective of GCAI is to create a global platform that is managed and spearheaded by General Counsels in order to create a distinct professional identity for the in–house legal function by way of statutory recognition.

Recognition

Seek recognition of the GC and in-house legal profession as a distinct and specialised profession at par with other legal practitioners in India.

Accreditation

Develop a system of accreditation linked to number of years of experience, enabling GCs to make an appearance before any legal forum in India.

Advocacy

Act as an influential body representing the interests of all GCs in India and make representations to the Central Government and State Governments on various proposed laws on behalf of various industry groups, including presentation of papers and views on important policy formulations on various legislations.

Training and Mentorship

Organise mentor-mentee programmes for younger members of the association on how to manage various aspects of their role including enhancing governance standards, compliances, and enforcement. Promote professional development through training sessions, networking opportunities and internships.

Ethical Standards

Advance the highest ethical standards governing the practice of law in an organisation setting.

Diversity and Inclusion

Promote diversity and inclusion within the in-house legal community so that not only more women, but in fact young lawyers from all socio-economic backgrounds, cultures and regions feel encouraged to pursue law as a career. Our mentor-mentee programmes will be facilitated by senior legal counsel and will be tailored as per the requirements and challenges of an in-house role.

Hon'ble Justice Ranjan Gogoi speaks at the launch of GCAI

Launch

Some of India Inc.’s senior General Counsels came together to launch the General Counsels’ Association of India (GCAI) at an event organised at Gurugram on March 5, 2021. The inauguration was graced by Mr. Mahaveer Singhvi, IFS, Joint-Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs.

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About Us

The General Counsels’ Association of India (GCAI) is a body formed, managed and spearheaded by in-house legal counsel with a vision to create a distinct professional identity for General Counsels and institutionalise the in–house legal function as a separate specialised stream of legal practice.

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