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Indira Rao, MBE

Indira Rao is Counsel for EU and International Law in the House of Commons. She has over 20 years of experience advising on EU law, public international law and constitutional and administrative law in Parliament and Government, following five years of experience at a Magic Circle law firm. She was the lead lawyer at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office advising on legal issues arising from the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. Her previous roles include Senior Legal Adviser on EU and International Law at the Attorney General’s Office, First Secretary (Legal) at the UK Permanent Representation to the EU and UK Agent to the Court of Justice of the European Union. She was also a legal adviser at the Department for Education and HM Treasury. In October 2020, she was awarded an MBE for services to British foreign policy. She is a co-author with Eleonor Duhs of Retained EU Law: A practical guide, (2020), The Law Society (forthcoming).
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Practice Area


  • Q&A Panel

Qualified Year

  • 1998


  • House of Commons (2019 - Present)
  • Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (2016 - 2019)
  • Attorney General’s Office (2014 - 2016)
  • Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (posted to UK Permanent Representation to the EU (2010-2013)) (2010 - 2014)
  • Treasury Solicitor’s Department (European Division (2007-2009); Department for Education (2004-2007); HM Treasury (2001-2004) (2001 - 2009)
  • Linklaters (1996 - 2001)


  • Diplôme de Français Professionnel Juridique (2009)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (1996)
  • BA (Hons) Jurisprudence (1994)


  • College of Law (1995-1996)
  • University of Oxford (1991-1994)

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