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Law firms  30 September 2017

AZB Mumbai promotes real estate lawyer Monika Bhonsale to partnership

AZB & Partners Mumbai senior associate Monika Bhonsale has been promoted to the firm’s partnership, according to a press release from the firm.

In-house counsel  29 September 2017

With eye on liberalisation, Khaitan Delhi counsel Nishant Beniwal joins Spanish solar company Asia legal head

Khaitan & Co Delhi counsel Nishant Beniwal has joined Spanish solar energy company Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) as head of legal for India and Asia.

Law firms  29 September 2017

Young MNSA Legal signs exclusive quasi-best friendship with Euro-China law firm network Cathay

Start-up law firm MNSA Legal - founded in May 2015 - has tied up with a global law firm network younger than itself - Cathay Associates - in an exclusive referral arrangement in a bid to attract more Chinese and European work.

Mooting  28 September 2017

Breaking: NLSIU brings home Manfred Lachs Int’l space moot trophy for 3rd time from Oz!

NLSIU Bangalore mooters Sharan Bhavnani, Karan Dhalla and Hrishika Jain have won the Manfred Lachs International Space Law in Australia for the first time in five years.

Law firms  28 September 2017

JSA first law firm to open in Gujarat GIFT SEZ after possible foreign firm rule change

J Sagar Associates (JSA) has opened an office in the Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT) special economic zone (SEZ), after SEZ rules had recently seen a liberalisation that allows legal services providers to operate from there.

Litigation  26 September 2017

McD’s v Bakshi saga: SAM, S&R, Dua arbitrate in London CIA with Salve, Ciccu, Debevoise, Lord Goldsmith, others

McDonald’s India has approached the Delhi high court seeking to enforce a 13 September London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) partial award to appoint experts to value and sell estranged former managing director Vikram Bakshi's stake in the North and Eastern India local franchise of the fast food giant, reported Mint, the Economic Times and others.

Law firms  26 September 2017

ELP boosts transactional practice with Desai & Diwanji’s homegrown partner Shyam Pandya

Desai & Diwanji partner Shyam Pandya has joined as an associate partner of Economic Laws Practice (ELP) in its corporate, commercial, private equity and venture capital team in Mumbai, according to a press release from the firm.

Law firms  26 September 2017

Pathbreaking Noojie firm RDA concludes 8-year long life of adventure with Rohit Das moving to be Cal counsel

RDA Legal has shut down and its founder, NUJS 2006 alumnus Rohit Das, is now focusing solely on counsel practice.

Law schools  26 September 2017

JGLS starts expulsion of students busted with 1 kg of hash for alleged campus dealing

JGLS Sonepat has asked two of its third-year law students to explain why they should not be suspended or expelled from the law school, after the Indian Express reported that they had been arrested by the Haryana police on Sunday for allegedly possessing nearly 1 kg of hashish, with a reported street value of around Rs 1.3 lakh.

Law schools  25 September 2017

JGLS slams HC freeing gangrape convicts after 4 months: Judges blame victim, call rape an ‘escapade’, show compassion for ‘young [rapist] minds’ [READ ORDER]

The Punjab and Haryana high court has suspended the 20-year and 7-year rape sentences of three JGLS Sonepat students, reasoning in its short order of merely 12 pages that “an alternate story of casual relationship” and “adventurism and experimentation in sexual encounters” of the victim - also a JGLS Sonepat student - justified the suspension, reported several media outlets.

Law firms  22 September 2017

At cosy ministry meet, SILF’s Bhasin, Sagar, Saraf press Indian lawyer hiring ban again for Phase 1 of liberalisation, INBA disagrees

At a smaller meeting called by the commerce ministry on 1 September with legal industry stakeholders, including Society of Indian Law Firms (Silf), the Indian National Bar Association (INBA) and Bar Association of India (BAOI), the three Silf members present reiterated their position that foreign law firms, if they were to enter India, shouldn't be allowed to hire Indian lawyers.

Law firms  22 September 2017

Link Legal 40-year young ‘senior’ partner Anand Srivastava goes to Columbia for LLM sabbatical

One of Link Legal India Law Services’ most senior partners, Anand Srivastava, has been sponsored by the firm to take a sabbatical for a year from partnership duties to pursue an LLM in the US, in a bid to specialise in disputes.

Law schools  21 September 2017

NUJS students mobilise, submit 2nd ‘no confidence’ petition in VC, as first judicial probe in 16 years concludes

NUJS Kolkata's vice chancellor (VC) Prof Ishwara Bhat now has a second loss-of-confidence petition signed against him by the law school's student body in his career of six years at the helm at the West Bengal national law school.

Private equity / VC  21 September 2017

NDA, AZB, JSA, Rajaram Legal on $34m Treebo fundraising

"Budget-hotel tech company Treebo has raised Series C funding of $34 million led by Hong-Kong based investment firms Ward Ferry Management and Karst Peak Capital. Existing investors SAIF Partners, Bertelsmann India Investments and Matrix Partners also participated in the round," reported Your Story.

Law firms  20 September 2017

Merger between Universal in South, IC Legal in Mumbai creates new 100+ national firm, hopes for ‘excellent synergies’

Bangalore-headquartered law firm Universal Legal and Mumbai firm IC Legal have merged into IC Universal Legal Advocates & Solicitors, to become a seven-office firm of more than 100 fee-earners, including 15 partners.

Law schools  20 September 2017

NLSIU explains potential issues in its move to disclose campus sex harassment to recruiters

At NLSIU Bangalore last week, for the first time in the life of the law school’s 15-year-old Code to Combat Sexual Harassment (the so-called SHARIC), which has resulted in seven sexual harassment inquiries to date, students came up with the idea of an internal rule that would hit those found guilty where it may hurt the most: their job prospects.

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