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Conflicted ASG Chandhiok | LPOs less than 1% of legal mkt | P&H BC chairman resigns | Amarchand quizzical redemption | Lessons from Oz-UK mergers

Delhi gov’t objects to ASG Chandhiok appearing for Delhi lawyers in his capacity as DHCBA president, in their Delhi HC challenge to the recent court fee amendment act by which court fee was hiked tenfold. Gov’t counsel argues that the ASG was appointed by the president and the matter involves a constitutional issue. The bench of chief justice Sikri decides to transfer the matter [PTI]

New York based consultancy The LPO Program’s Global LPO Market Study for this year says that the LPO industry employs some 9,000 people – a figure that is comparable to the singlehanded workforce of the world’s largest law firms. However the LPO market constitutes only 0.25 per cent of the total global legal spend. [Law Society Gazette]

Chairman of the bar council of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh Lekh Raj Sharma resigns citing wrong impression created among council members that he appealed for removal of stay on the SBC’s December elections “at the cost of the future of 70,000 advocates”. [Express]

Some quizzical redemption for Amarchand Mangaldas as the firm’s lawyers win the law category of the SILF-Bangalore organised Lex-Quiz-II. J Sagar Associates (JSA) won the general category of the quiz, while AZB & Partners were runners up in both categories. 16 firms took part in the competition. Karnataka HC’s ‘husband-may-beat’ judge K Bhaktavatsala distributed the prize to the winners [Law et al News]

Eight UK firms opened in Australia in the last three years, but out of those eight only Herbert Smith’s full equity merger with Freehills was the exception to alliance-style combinations. While each expansion strategy is largely dictated by the firm’s philosophy, the Australia phenomenon is a reflection of the issues that international firms have to deal with when they expand into a new, yet relatively mature, market, according to The Lawyer [The Lawyer]

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