Zerick Dastur, after professional lifetime at JSA, to try hand at independent practiceZerick Dastur, after professional lifetime at JSA, to try hand at independent practice

J Sagar Associates (JSA) Mumbai retained partner Zerick Dastur has left the firm to set up his own counsel practice, as first reported by Bar & Bench.

He commented about his leaving the place where he’d started his career more than 10 years ago, as an intern: “I was always clear that there will never be another law firm. [JSA is] a fabulous place in that sense and the only other place I could go was independent.”

Dastur said that he’d only given notice several days ago and his leaving date would be confirmed soon, at which point he would finalise chambers and other details.

While unwilling to go into fine details yet, he said that he would try something “slightly different” than the already somewhat “different practice model” for counsel in Bombay.

Dastur, who specialises in dispute resolution, had been promoted to JSA’s salaried partnership in 2012.

He had joined the firm in 2006 after graduating from Mumbai University with an LLB.

Update: JSA Mumbai-based co-managing partner Dina Wadia commented: “We wish him very well, he’s always wanted to do litigation and I really hope he does well there.

“There are lots of well-wishers in JSA and I am sure he’ll get lots of work also from JSA.

Dastur focuses in particular on arbitrations in the corporate commercial and regulatory space, including competition and securities law.

He said that he would continue arguing before courts and tribunals, noting: “In litigation practice your goal would be to go into a phase where you focus on advocacy and argument.”

His departure to independent counsel practice follow in the recent footsteps of senior JSA Mumbai partner Somasekhar Sundaresan and Trilegal Delhi partner Anand Prasad, who both left their firms a year ago, and Economic Laws Practice (ELP) managing partner Rohan Shah, who went independent in the second half of 2016.

“A lot of these youngsters are discovering the joys of litigation, they seem to be making that leap,” mused Wadia about the move from law firm to the bar, which was inreasingly “in fashion”.

"And we’ve been happy to brief them,” she added. “At least you know what you’re getting, [and we are giving] some amount of support from the alma mater as it were.”

According to Dastur’s profile on JSA’s website: >He has represented clients in domestic & international commercial Arbitration matters, and has acted for clients on Mergers, Acquisitions and other transactional matters. Zerick’s practice involves representing clients before various courts, statutory tribunals and regulators including the Competition Commission of India, the Securities and Exchange Board of India and the Tariff Authority for Major ports.

Zerick has advised clients in connection with Competition law issues in everyday business operations including issues relating to anti competitive agreements and abuse of dominance by enterprises. He has also been a part of the firm’s Securities law practice and has appeared before the Securities Appellate Tribunal and the SEBI. He has extensive litigation experience before the Supreme Court, various State High Courts as well as a number of tribunals and regulatory bodies. He has been involved in a number of matters involving issues of Constitution law.

Zerick has also been involved in matters involving defense of auditors and corporate clients before various civil / criminal courts and regulators in connection with corporate frauds and scams. Zerick has also advised various clients in matters involving shareholder disputes and minority actions.

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Like +4 Object -56 Tag Along 17 Feb 17, 19:24  troll?
Lit lawyers are not rainmakers like Ashwath
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Like +79 Object -2 huh?? 18 Feb 17, 01:14  interesting  top rated
You must be a pretentious prick from a National Law School who spends his days proof reading documents and has no semblance of actual advocacy skills.
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Like +12 Object -4 NALSAR 18 Feb 17, 21:52  interesting
How exactly did you assume that individuals who dislike litigation need to necessarily graduate from NLUs?
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Like +34 Object -1 huh?? 19 Feb 17, 01:28  interesting  top rated
Because I'm from one and I used to be a pretentious prick, just like every NLU grad.
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Like +2 Object -4 NALSAR 19 Feb 17, 20:06
Then thats an incorrect assumption. You don't know 'every other NLU Grad'.
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Like +7 Object -2 hai huhku hai hai 20 Feb 17, 09:36  interesting
Tis hazari vakilo ki taraf se pranaam!
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Like +1 Object -2 star 22 Feb 17, 18:22
Well the theory stands true, the NLU people suck up the corporate jobs.
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Like +4 Object -19 Lloyd Blankfein 19 Feb 17, 15:15
Are you kidding me!!Corporate Lawyers do God's work like helping companies merge, raise capital. We are deal makers. Corporate lawyers and Investment Bankers are in a different league.
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Like +20 Object -4 Leaguered 19 Feb 17, 17:06  interesting  top rated
And we litigation lawyers clean the messes you make because you absolutely no idea of how terms may be interpreted in a dispute or how to handle a dispute arising out of a contract or transaction document that you drafted.
Any idiot can sit in an AC office drinking pretentious coffee and cut paste contract terms from templates. It's the litigation guys who ultimately save the day.
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Like +13 Object -26 Value Add 20 Feb 17, 12:24  controversial
You clearly dont understand the nuances to closing commercial transactions, where contracts are carefully drafted to avoid disputes and attain speedy resolution shall any differences arise.... so litigation lawyers like you cant drag those cases for years to make ends meet for you court practice...

Now fix the typos above while getting samosas for your senior counsels after getting a pass over for him/her... I have got billing to do

Best wishes,
Corporate Lawyer in an AC firm having Black Coffee

P.s. How can coffee be pretentious??
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Like +5 Object -4 Self loathing lawyer 20 Feb 17, 15:52
So you are saying that corporate lawyer argued kesavananda bharti case or won vodafone tax case...hmmm interesting. Corporate lawyers have limited approach towards law and do very little value addition to legal practice. While corporate lawyers fight for bonus. Litigators set precedent in law and through struggle and constant hard work, they charge per hearing which is corporate lawyer annual salary (including bonus)
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Like +2 Object -15 Timesheet 20 Feb 17, 16:36
Your billing is less than my munshi's salary.
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Like +29 Object -1 huh?? 20 Feb 17, 16:57  interesting  top rated
You just compared practising law to black coffee & air conditioning. I rest my case.
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Like +1 Object -1 star 22 Feb 17, 18:26
Another hancho who sucked up the corporate ladder. Fair enough, that's what you knew and that's what you will know.

P.s I am from the corporate world too, but i am mindful of our necessity towards litigation.
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Like +0 Object -1 Jollyllb2 20 Feb 17, 22:42
How? By asking for adjournments?
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Like +1 Object -0 Whattay 20 Feb 17, 23:30
What is pretentious coffee?
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Like +0 Object -1 huh?? 19 Feb 17, 22:33
I'm presuming that was sarcastic.
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Like +0 Object -0 huh?? 20 Feb 17, 12:42
God's work, is it?
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Like +0 Object -0 star 22 Feb 17, 18:23
an aggressive comment my friend, i am keeping track of your comments on the AZB Rishi's post.. hahah!! you need to come up with a better pen name.
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Like +2 Object -1 Lost 20 Feb 17, 17:03
Bhai, he and his entire team's revenue form small percentages of some of senior counsel annual fee such as Harish Salve.
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Like +0 Object -1 star 22 Feb 17, 18:21
seems like you area loyalist to Mr. A and therefore don't understand the importance of lit people. you should know that without litigation the law firms wouldn't ever exist. FYI no one is a rainmaker in the corporate world, one falls and plenty rises, remember that junior lad.
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Like +8 Object -1 Jaago Sare Associates 17 Feb 17, 19:46  interesting
is JSA going for a split? JSA Delhi vs. JSA Bombay
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Like +7 Object -0 458 17 Feb 17, 20:17  interesting
I'm honestly surprised so many law firm folks are going in for Counsel practice!
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Like +7 Object -0 Taimur 17 Feb 17, 20:20  interesting
Another Amit Kapur casualty?! Zerick is a nice chap. Is his team also leaving?
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Like +23 Object -0 airtel 18 Feb 17, 10:26  interesting  top rated
Looks like, quitting JSA is 'Dastur' now.
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Like +4 Object -3 Jai ho 18 Feb 17, 15:59
Anand Prasad is still a part of Trilegal. He announced his impending departure last year though. Fact check please.
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Like +8 Object -0 Chai Paani Vendor 19 Feb 17, 19:33  interesting
He has changed his decision because of Demonetisation !
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Like +8 Object -0 bira 19 Feb 17, 12:37  interesting
Mujhe bola bhi nehi
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Like +1 Object -1 tri-mister 25 Feb 17, 13:50
JSA losing many good guys....Basu, som, dastur,bedi...decent people,and top pros! terrible for the rest of us.
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Like +2 Object -0 bi-mister 01 Mar 17, 10:19
tri-mister. good thought. now what is common to the jsa leaving guys you named? the bombay ones were berjis boys and the delhi ones were jyoti boys. when it rained it poured on these people.. now that the rain clouds have retired they have to look elsewhere to drink. smart moves by smart people.
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