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SILF re-elects Bhasin at AGM; Will re-brand, target youth and students

The Society of Indian Law Firms (SILF) has re-elected its president Lalit Bhasin and elevated Ranji Dua, Rajiv Luthra and Zia Mody into the circle of senior vice presidents at its annual general meeting (AGM) on 20 November in Delhi, also formulating an agenda to reach out to young lawyers as the decade-old law firm representative body is looking to rebrand itself.

Bhasin & Co managing partner Lalit Bhasin (pictured) and Delhi-based Amarchand & Mangaldas managing partner Shardul Shroff have been re-elected as SILF’s president and associate president respectively, alongside executive committee members for three-year terms.

Bhasin told Legally India: “We’re going to have a new logo for SILF, but we’ve not yet finalised the artwork. The agenda right now is to celebrate 10 years of SILF.”

The pool of senior vice presidents has now been expanded from previous sole senior vice president Ravi Nath of Rajinder Narain & Co to also include AZB & Partners co-founding partner Zia Mody along with Dua Associates managing partner C R Dua and Luthra & Luthra managing partner Rajiv Luthra, who were previously vice presidents.

Lalit Bhasin, who was the founding chairman of SILF ten years ago and has continuously held the role, was this time too unanimously elected to represent the law firm consortium, with India’s additional solicitor general and returning officer Amarjit Singh Chandhiok overseeing the election.

Bhasin commented: “One of the important agenda for SILF at the moment is to oppose the formation of the Legal Services Board, we’ve passed a resolution and the matter is under discussion.”

“We think it’s a retrograde step which will have the effect of denigrating the legal profession and what is most alarming is the inclusion of multi-disciplinary professionals under the same category as legal professionals,” he added.

He noted that SILF was not only interested in inviting participation from young lawyers but has also been keen to increase interactions with law students by reaching out and educating them on corporate commercial laws.

“Most of our SILF members, who constitute formidable think-tanks, are visiting law schools to enrich the students on the latest business laws,” said Bhasin. “We offer them internships first and as good if not better packages as those offered by foreign law firms.”

FoxMandal managing partner Som Mandal and J Sagar Associates (JSA) managing partner Jyoti Sagar remain vice presidents, with the ranks this year also swelling to include Raian Karanjawala of Karanjawala & Co, Sajan Poovayya of Poovayya & Co, RN Jhunjhunwala of Khaitan & Co, Nishith Desai of Nishith Desai Associates, Anand Desai of DSK Legal, Diljeet Titus of Titus & Co, V. Lakshmikumaran of Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan, Praveen Anand of Anand & Anand and VS Yadav of Udwadia & Udeshi. Kochhar & Co's Rohit Kochhar remains general secretary.

Last year SILF had decided at its AGM to widen its appeal outside of its traditional centre of Delhi.

Click here to download the full list of SILF's new office bearers.

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