With his assent, an advocate having 10 years of practice may be designated as a senior advocate if the Supreme Court or a High Court believes that he is deserving of such distinction due to his ability, position at the Bar, or unique knowledge or expertise in law. Full Court of the High Courts or Supreme Court decides the designation of an advocate as Senior Advocate. Under ordinary circumstances, the minimum age to become a senior advocate is 45 years.
Justice Rohington F. Nariman became a senior advocate at the age of 37 years while he was practicing as an advocate. Chief Justice Venkatachaliah, as he then was, amended rules to designate Sh. Rohington Nariman as a senior advocate.