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Clasis helps UK firm Clyde to sue Indian client for unpaid fees

Clasis Law’s UK-headquartered best friend Clyde & Co has sued the Indian arm of integrated telecom infrastructure company Nu Tek, in the Delhi high court, for non-payment of Rs 2.1 crore ($315055) of the law firm’s dues.

Clasis litigation head and partner Sumeet Lall with associate Sidhant Kapoor is acting for Clyde which filed a company petition in the high court in May, asking for winding up of Nu Tek, for non-payment of an “admitted debt of AED 1,241,771.34 (Dhirams)”.

Delhi high court justice Sudershan Kumar Misra had, on 23 May, restrained Nu Tek from disposing of, alienating, encumbering or parting with the possession of its assets to the tune of the debt – Rs 2.15 crore - except in the ordinary course of business or for the payment of salaries and statutory dues.

Justice Misra had also directed to serve a winding up notice on the company and its directors and for them to file their reply to that notice by today.

Nu Tek did not respond to an email for comment sent earlier today, while Lall declined to comment as the case is still pending in court.

This is the first reported case, in our knowledge, of a foreign law firm suing an Indian client in India for non-payment of dues. [Correction: We had earlier reported that this was the first case of a foreign firm suing an Indian client but that's not true, as a commenter has pointed out: Allen & Overy had sued its Indian client in Singapore in 2011. What we probably meant to say was, that this is possibly the first case of a UK firm suing an Indian client in an Indian court...]

A client sued Fox Mandal for £100,000 in the London high court, in 2014, for alleged negligence, but his claim was set aside, as then reported by us.

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