Nalsar, NLUD, Jindal-alum Nawneet Vibhaw joins Khaitan from Luthra for environmental boostNalsar, NLUD, Jindal-alum Nawneet Vibhaw joins Khaitan from Luthra for environmental boost

Scoop: Khaitan & Co has poached Luthra & Luthra managing associate Nawneet Vibhaw as an associate partner in Delhi, where he will continue specialising full-time on environmental law as he had been doing at Luthra.

He joined Khaitan yesterday after leaving Luthra late last month. We have reached out to him for comment.

Vibhaw had joined Luthra in June 2015 from Jindal Global Law School to set up the firm’s environmental law practice. At Jindal he had been an assistant professor and assistant dean, as the executive director of its Centre for Environment and Climate Change.

At the beginning of his career, after graduating from Nalsar Hyderabad in 2008, Vibhaw had joined AZB & Partners for a year, completed an LLM in environment and natural resources from Lewis & Clark Law School in the US, followed by just under a year at Trilegal. In 2011 he then joined NLU Delhi as assistant professor and head of its environmental research and advocacy centre.

Vibhaw has also written two books on environmental law and energy law published by LexisNexis in 2014 and 2016.

We were not able to confirm at the time of publication whether anyone will be handling or specialising in environmental law at Luthra going forward.

Luthra managing partner Rajiv Luthra and a Luthra spokesperson did not respond to requests for comment since yesterday.

In the last few months, Luthra has seen trade policy head Santanu Mukherjee and corporate partner Rajesh Chavda leave the firm, with senior partner Vijaya Rao going part-time.

Khaitan, on the other hand, has continued growing rapidly in the last year to have become firmly entrenched as India’s second largest firm with 501 fee-earners and 106 partners as at November 2016, even nipping at the heels of India’s largest firm, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas.

Khaitan had in November hired two indirect tax experts from PwC as directors, and K Law Delhi partner Gautham Srinivas.

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Like +15 Object -1 Ex-Luthra 07 Feb 17, 10:47  interesting  top rated
Two more partners on the cards..in discussions with Magic Circle..Wait and watch it happen.
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Like +11 Object -0 EnviroLawCentre NALSAR 07 Feb 17, 11:08  interesting
Arre Nawneet Bhaiya Zindabaad !
Zindabaad !! Zindabaad !
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Like +0 Object -0 Chai Paani Vendor 07 Feb 17, 11:46
bhaia koi mujhe bhi lelo !
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Like +12 Object -1 Masterani 07 Feb 17, 12:23  interesting
The spiral begins again? Has the big man lost the plot again and [...] trying his old tricks again?
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Like +0 Object -1 hubba 07 Feb 17, 13:08
i am happy for this guy. but [...] a tier 1 partnership in a non-monetisable practice [...]. but like I said, good for him.
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Like +9 Object -2 Why ? 07 Feb 17, 13:32  interesting
Three new guys, chavda, Navneet and Shantanu jump ship within a year of joining. Why ? What's happening at Luthra ?
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Like +16 Object -2 Business 07 Feb 17, 17:06  interesting  top rated
Same old stuff is happening... it doesnt matter how well one is/ can perform... all that matters is how to ensure that one doesnt perform at all... nothing new... whats the surprise??
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Like +4 Object -2 Prof.Saheb 07 Feb 17, 13:39
With other firms like Lakshmi Kumaran having recently set up their environmental practice it is a timely move by Khaitan. Immense potential in this area, thanks to NGT!
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Like +6 Object -0 Loothra 08 Feb 17, 04:30  interesting
A decent number of faculty members from Jindal have left for law firms and the reverse has also happened. This flow between academics and legal practice is common abroad, but not that common in India. But if foreign law firms and foreign universities both enter India, there could be a big change.
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Like +1 Object -4 Vakilshab 08 Feb 17, 12:16
What terms enviro law expert ,the name only herd by law firms,the law firms keep giving appellations and blindly follow west
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Like +7 Object -0 Insider luthra 08 Feb 17, 14:57  interesting
Many people are planning to make a move in another 6 months.
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Like +29 Object -2 Lalaji 08 Feb 17, 21:12  interesting  top rated
Luthra is a sinking ship and it is just not possible for it to establish a new practice area. There is no synergy between 9th and 1st floor or the various partners in first floor itself. Atleast two equity partners on the first floor will find it difficult to even get a job of an associate in a tier 1 firm. Luthra is multiple franchises under a common brand name.

(.....) can continue twirling his beard and have fruit chat, the practice will flourish on the 11th floor.
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Like +0 Object -0 Dal pakwaan 09 Feb 17, 17:32
Kian, why the censorship? Just let people say whatever they want, unless it's something outrageous and disrespectful
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Like +1 Object -0 kianganz 09 Feb 17, 17:39
Lalaji actually censored themselves before we ever did, inserting (...) instead of a name. :)
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Like +0 Object -3 Luthra join karwa do.. 09 Feb 17, 21:49
Luthra's plus is that most if the counsel in lit argue their matters. Not a post office like other law firms....
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Like +6 Object -0 Tum se nahi hoga 10 Feb 17, 15:12  interesting
It is 'of' and not 'if'. If you don’t proof read even CAM wont take you.

Well to substantiate, go count the number of partners (or associates) wearing white shirts in litigation team today and you will figure out the number of arguing counsels.
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Like +0 Object -0 Luthra join karwa do.. 09 Feb 17, 21:52
Can u substantiate it? If no it makes no sense to level wela allegations n not vent ur frustration. This forum is for lawyers,with substance.
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Like +4 Object -0 The Who 10 Feb 17, 00:40
He is twirling his beard all the way to the bank. He is the brains behind that operation. The one who is driving LL down is the one who smokes those fake cigars thinking that he is the big cheese himself but can't come close to the big cheese. That's the guy who is the problem. That guy and the one who he blindly listens to- she who must not be named.The reason why entire teams left LL. Mr. L needs to crack the whip before things spiral out of control again. There is still lot of talent left there. Insecure partners need to realise that their days are over. Let the new brigade take over.
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Like +0 Object -0 Insider luthra 09 Feb 17, 15:42
Mr. [...] will leave soon !
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Like +0 Object -0 Luthra join karwa do.. 10 Feb 17, 00:54
Who um curious
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Like +2 Object -2 Magic Square 10 Feb 17, 11:15
Luthra and perhaps JSA falling out of the top tier?
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Like +2 Object -1 Vakilshab 10 Feb 17, 15:09
Amazing with one matter in a year at NGT firms are being said to have environmental practice then with one 138 NI complaint you will b termed crimnal expert,freedom of expression
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Like +1 Object -0 Former colleague 07 Aug 17, 17:33
Nawneet is a superb guy...hardworking and diligent. He will do well...
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