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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.

Lalit BhasinLegally 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.

CyrdulThe mediators between brothers Cyril and Shardul Shroff of Amarchand Mangaldas gave the green light for both to begin setting up new offices.

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.

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.

Dolly PartoKhaitan & 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.

Rajesh ChavdaHerbert 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.

Lawyers attack each other, sometimesWith 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.

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.

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.

HSBC KolkataKhaitan & 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.

ax15avskJuris Corp capital markets partner Sonali Sharma has left the firm, leaving only five partners after years of senior level attrition.

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