Anil Malhotra has been a practising advocate since September 1983. He attained Bachelor of Science (1980) and Bachelor of Laws (professional) (1983) degrees from Panjab University, Chandigarh and an LLM degree from the University of London in 1985. He studied comparative family law at the London School of Economics alongside law and society at the School of Oriental and African Studies.
He is well versed in independently conducting civil, service, company, matrimonial and allied litigation at the High Court or Supreme Court. He has represented a substantial number of private clients over the past three decades by filing and defending independent petitions at the High Court and other forums in matters relating to constitutional, civil, company, criminal, consumer and family dispute litigation. He has rendered substantial assistance as amicus curiae with reported judgments. He has also represented the government of Punjab pro bono at the High Court since 2013.
For over 30 years, Mr Malhotra has acted as an Indian expert to render reports in foreign courts on appointments by the bench in overseas jurisdictions. He conducts matters in Indian courts pertaining to interpretation and application of foreign court orders regarding divorce decrees, child abduction, custody, maintenance, adoption, surrogacy and family-related issues for non-resident Indians (NRIs).
He has co-authored books, including Acting for Non-Resident Indian Clients (Jordans 2005), India, NRIs and the Law (Universal 2009 and 2011), Surrogacy in India: A Law in the Making (Universal 2013), International Indians and the Law (Universal 2014) and Surrogacy in India: A Law in the Making – Revisited (LexisNexis 2015). He has published significant work and has participated at both international and domestic conferences. He has also produced over 300 newspaper columns and published significant work in journals.
As chairperson of the task force on policy procedures and resolution and redressal of grievances regarding NRIs, he has authored five reports for the government of Punjab and has assisted in the enactment of the Punjab Compulsory Registration of Marriages Act 2012 and the Punjab Travel Professionals Regulation Act 2012. He is an adviser on NRI issues to the government of Punjab and is a member of the Chandigarh NRI Cell for NRI affairs in Chandigarh (UT). In January 2007, he was elected to the International Academy of Family Lawyers. He is the Indian representative of the Family Law Committee of the International Law Association and has lectured at the National Judicial Academy, Bhopal on 10 programmes and spoken at Chandigarh Judicial Academy.