- Details Thu, 5 Mar '15, 18:50 Written by Legally India
- Details Wed, 4 Mar '15, 13:34 Written by Legally India
Law minister http://www.legallyindia.com/Law-firms/legal-market-liberalisation-investigation-into-lobbying-and-policy told The Hindu: “Yes, Japan has written to us. We are taking the issue of opening up our legal sector on a positive note, but on the condition that it will increase the face-value of our lawyers globally and there will be a mutual exchange of lawyers, law firms.”
BCI chairman Manan Kumar Mishra told The Hindu: “The Union Law Ministry has handed us Japan’s letter which says that they are ready and eager to invite and allow Indian lawyers and Indian law firms to practice Indian laws in Japan. The BCI is studying the proposal.”
“We will be framing this rule of reciprocity after carefully examining the situation for lawyers in each country. For example, if they create a hurdle, like a test which is very difficult to crack, we will also do the same here for their lawyers looking to practice here.”
Legally India and Mint reported earlier this week that in discussions with Society of Indian Law Firms (Silf) and the Bar Council of India (BCI), the government was taking a proactive approach in liberalisation the legal market, possibly within the next two years.
- Details Tue, 3 Mar '15, 07:00 Written by Kian Ganz
Legally India investigates in Mint how special interests have succeeded at and could end up indefinitely stalling reform of legal services, despite the government's best laid intentions.
- Details Sun, 1 Mar '15, 00:38 Written by Kian Ganz
- Details Fri, 27 Feb '15, 19:40 Written by Kian Ganz
The mediators between brothers Cyril and Shardul Shroff of Amarchand Mangaldas gave the green light for both to begin setting up new offices.
- Details Thu, 26 Feb '15, 16:52 Written by Prachi Shrivastava
Advocate Deepak Khosla has filed a writ in the Calcutta high court to get Khaitan & Co to drop “& Co” from its name and for the high court to dismiss 20 years of pending and disposed of cases in which the firm acted.
- Details Tue, 24 Feb '15, 05:26 Written by Prachi Shrivastava
Society of Indian Law Firms (SILF) president Lalit Bhasin told the Business Standard that a plan of phased entry into India of foreign law firms should begin in 2015, subject to a number of conditions.
- Details Fri, 20 Feb '15, 20:30 Written by Prachi Shrivastava
Khaitan & Co has cut down its working week to Monday to Friday, while increasing the daily working hours by one hour from 1 March.
Samvad partners promoted senior associates Ashwini Vittalachar and Apurva Jayant to the partnership effective 1 April, taking its total number of partners to 9.
Delhi-based Vittalachar handles general corporate, M&A, private equity and employment law work at the firm. She is a ULC Bangalore 2006 alum who joined the firm in 2007 after completing her LLM from the University of Chicago’s law school.
Mumbai-based Jayant handles general corporate, M&A, private equity and banking and finance matters at the firm. She is an NLSIU Bangalore 2007 alum and had stints with Amarchand Mangaldas, AZB & Partners and JSA before joining Samvad in 2013.
- Details Tue, 10 Feb '15, 20:35 Written by Legally India
Herbert Smith Freehills London senior associate Rajesh Chavda, will join Luthra & Luthra as a partner in its Delhi infrastructure and natural resources practice in April 2015.
- Details Tue, 10 Feb '15, 19:33 Written by Kian Ganz & Prachi Shrivastava
With Amarchand Mangaldas having agreed to break up into two firms by 1 April after a public Bombay high court battle over a family inheritance and control of the firm, we took a closer look at the few Indian lawyers who've sued other lawyers.
- Details Tue, 10 Feb '15, 16:59 Written by Prachi Shrivastava
Trilegal has moved to a bigger office in Delhi, leaving its Kailash Colony space for a space in DLF South Court, Saket, which can accommodate 160 people instead of the current 100, reported Bar & Bench.
Trilegal partner Anand Prasad told B&B that the firm is looking to make lateral hires to the partnership and bring on board “quality professionals”.
In Mumbai, AZB & Partners is also slated to move offices, from its South Mumbai office to the mid-town Peninsula Corporate Park in Lower Parel.
- Details Tue, 10 Feb '15, 15:11 Written by Prachi Shrivastava
Boutique intellectual property (IP) firms Lall & Sethi and Singh & Singh have merged to form the nine-partner, 27-lawyer firm SIngh & Singh Lall & Sethi effective 1 April, reported Bar & Bench.
Lall & Sethi managing partner Chander Lall told B&B that “the new firm can now handle both IP litigation and prosecution. We have truly become a composite boutique powerhouse in intellectual property. We can now cover all areas of intellectual property with a litigation experience, which is unmatched”.
Singh & Singh was founded by Pratibha Singh and her husband Maninder Singh in 1997. Both are now senior counsel, with Maninder Singh having been appointed additional solicitor general last year. In 2012, as the sole proprietor of the firm had sued Singh & Associates in the Delhi high court for passing off her firm’s name.
This is the third reported law firm merger in 2015, after Dhruva Vox and V Law and DH Law.
- Details Mon, 9 Feb '15, 13:41 Written by Kian Ganz
Khaitan & Co Mumbai-based partner Haigreve Khaitan has said that the family’s Swiss HSBC Bank account was set up as a way of legally and transparently diversifying their investments abroad but was closed after only a few years.
- Details Thu, 5 Feb '15, 17:28 Written by Prachi Shrivastava
Juris Corp capital markets partner Sonali Sharma has left the firm, leaving only five partners after years of senior level attrition.
- Details Tue, 3 Feb '15, 11:22 Written by Prachi Shrivastava
- Luthra Feb round sees 2 lit 'partner designate' get partnership, as only 3 associates promo'd
- 3 AZB associates & partner Vyas to join Abhijit Joshi start-up today
- NLU-J’s Vishal Yaduvanshi will be 2nd to get nod to Luthra partnership next month
- Ex-TTA exchange-partner Narayan Iyer takes over as Linklaters India head from Sandeep Katwala on ‘wave of optimism’ & ‘renewed client interest’ in India
- Luthra to promote capital markets lawyer Geeta Dhania to partnership in Delhi, more to follow
- Amarchand to split in two firms on 1 April (but ET rumours of Bharucha-Shardul tie-up almost certainly false)
- Desai & Diwanji stalwarts Monika Deshmukh, Vihang Virkar to defect to E&Y-affiliate PDS Legal
- Start-up of ex-KPMG deputy CEO Dinesh Kanabar merges with 2012 ex-ELP-Bharucha start-up VoxLaw into 70-headcount Dhruva Vox