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What's the work culture like in LKS? Is it better than tier law firms majority of which treat humans as corporate slaves? Moreover, is there any particular office which is better than the other ones?
LKS has a better work culture in the sense that (Mumbai office) I never heard a voice raised in anger in the office premises. Also office gets empty by 8 PM and the partners (with a few exceptions) are not workaholics. However I wonder what the growth prospects are given that the firm is dominated by Indirect Tax Litigation practice and only the Delhi office have decent General Corp and IP/Disputes practices.
IDT IS A TRAP!!!!
see if you enter this space(which I recommend you don’t ) be ready to stick at LKS only. You will be better stay put with the firm as growth prospects outside the firm are quite bleak. There is virtually no rotation of resources in T1 firms, hence job opportunities are not good with this practice area.
Unless you can switch to Disputes/Commercial Lit from IDT Lit.
Any examples of such a move? Tax litigation is too technical and specific for any mobility imho
The general skills for high-stakes commercial litigation (Tax Lit is after all commercial lit - you work for companies/businesses rather than individual-centred Lit like Family/Criminal/Succession) are the same and can be a base for getting into different sub-sets of commercial lit (Tax, IPR, Arbitration, Debt Recovery, Real Estate). Although it is arguably difficult to get into technical sub-sets like Tax Lit/IPR from a generalized sub-set like Arbitration/disputes.
I wish if that was so simple to switch from IDT to any other practice area, after you have spent a good 3+ years in this field. Your options become very restricted after a certain point of time because you are branded as being a tax lawyer.
Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai and Pune offices should be better in terms of work pressure and working hours as far as my interaction with few of the concerned people suggests. However, I'm not totally sure and also don't have much idea about pay package and work culture in Delhi/Mumbai.
Why this thread isn't getting attention like other law firm posts? Bump!!
The GC and M&A practice is going good. Quite a bit of work.
largely soft spoken and people mind their own business. Partners own the work, as a matter of fact.

Pay is less, but so is the work in comparison.
What is the pay range for A0? is it different across the teams?
Have a couple more questions.
1. Is the indirect tax work segregated by sector or law or transactional / litigation?

2. Is the work life balance for indirect tax team good as well?
The GC team has good and consistent work. The work culture is far better and relaxed than what I've experienced at many T1s- there's kafi peace
It's quite peaceful at LKS. You'll have a good work life balance. Promotions are fairly routine. You get some bill share from the billings of your team if you exceed collection targets on a monthly basis.

The exchange is that it is a little dry to work there, the money's not great but its certainly going to give you a fair life just forget about buying a top line MG on that salary, and it's easy to get comfortable with the work life there. Lastly -- you're not doing marquee matters there unless you're on the tax team.
Are law graduates (T1) at a disadvantage compared to CAs when it comes to hiring for the direct tax teams?
Definitely, yes. Litigation practice upto the tribunal is hijacked by chartered accountants. Lawyers have struggled to match up. It fraught with accounting details and you time take to settle down. Nily wily, it is a specialised practice and demands extreme hard attention to detail in comparison.