Anti-corruption campaigner Anna Hazare has eaten again. It was the climax of the single biggest news story of the year that pushed other headlines off the frontpages for weeks. Although ostensibly a legal question the average lawyer tried to go about his or her business.
One senior advocate while on his way to argue before a tribunal found himself at the wrong place at the wrong time and was detained for two hours by the Delhi police last week who alleged that he was an Anna Hazare supporter out to cause trouble. The tribunal did not get much work done for the rest of the day.
The Competition Commission of India (CCI) on the other hand has been remarkably efficient with its new M&A-overseeing mandate, clearing the complex Disney-UTV takeover in less than a month. Hot on the heels of its record fine against DLF this may only be its second M&A case but the Commission still has the opportunity to become an efficient regulator rather than one that will be dragged through Hazare’s Lokpal and the pendency morass.
But more than Hazare’s fast the real new independence struggle is going on in our courts, according to Court Witness’ Supreme Court postcard that describes the yearnings and failures of young advocates who want their own practice rather than serving a senior for life.
Independence takes hard work but has been worth it for start-up Chennai Law Associates that has now broken even 17 months after first opening its doors and is now targeting new commercial ventures and verticals.
Many law schools’ students have long been struggling for autonomy from their college authorities, while seeking support at the same time. In few places is this initiative more evident than in mooting. Team MPL has analysed the internal mooting processes of the top 10 law schools with more statistics than you can shake a gavel at, plus a preview of the third season of the Mooting Premier League (MPL).
Legally News Wire
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- Ranbir Singh awarded SILF’s law teacher of the year prize; Salgaocar Law School, Symbi’s Gudpur, AT Markose recognised
- MV Kini starts up ‘high-end’ infrastructure LPO in downtown Mumbai in a JV
Deals & cases of the week
- Happy Bday Bbay HC; MSM blackout on SC’s hack attack continues; Bithika Anand; M’lore Air Crash comp nulled; more…
- Sen nears impeachment; Herbert Smith’s Parsons cycles for India; NSE appeals MCX fine; Ambani says not under RTI; No dirty dancing at Trilogy…
- CCI slaps 600 cr (7% of turnover) on DLF; A&N isles bar upset with judge’s son appointment; CrPC detains Anna; 2nd female SC judge; Man wills land to SC
- MCA’s nat’l competition policy up for comments; Impeaching a judge; Kursheed ‘kind’ to Anna; Slow justice…
- Sen holds court; More lawyers for Anna; Dignified judges do not take coffee abroad…
- Writ to rid reservation of creamy layer; Gov’t Reliance KG gas spat; Who will judge the judges?
- SC to ban 80% of journos from apex court; Next CBI 2G report delayed; Ex-judge to oversee CID action in K’tka…
Best of blogs
- Law firms need to learn from Anna Hazare by phasgayavakilbabu
- Guest blog: An Affair with Anna (or why I don't think law will solve corruption) by kianganz
- Why do you celebrate when your father dies? by Vedchetan Patil
- A Balancing Act or a Partnership by Miriam
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