Gopal Subramanium commenced practice in the year 1980, and on account of his outstanding assistance and contribution, the Supreme Court on its own motion designated him as Senior Advocate in the year 1993. From 2005 to 2009, Mr. Subramanium served as Additional Solicitor General of India and from 2009 until 2011, he served as Solicitor General of India.
During his tenure as a Law Officer, Mr. Subramanium was honoured with the National Law Day Award for Outstanding Jurist, presented to him in 2009 by the President of India, for his consistent professional excellence and adherence to the highest traditions of the Bar. During 2009 to 2010, when Mr. Subramanium was Chairman of the Bar Council of India, he took significant steps to reform the legal profession including introduction of the All India Bar Examination. He has been also appointed as amicus curiae (friend of the Court) in a number of matters. He was also nominated to be a Judge of the Supreme Court of India, which he had declined on account of undue executive interference, displaying high degree of independence and rectitude. In April 2015 Mr Subramanium was appointed judge of the Qatar International Court and he is also an associate Member of 3VB Chambers, London.
Aside to his professional career, Mr. Subramanium has contributed immensely to significant academic works which include books and treatises such as “Restatement of Indian Law on Contempt of Courts”, “Supreme but Not Infallible”, and recently in “The Oxford Handbook of the Indian Constitution”. Gopal Subramanium is widely respected by the members of the Bar and the bench for his knowledge and skills, and equally revered by junior members of the Bar for his humility and professional ethics.