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DSK won’t reopen in Bangalore as local partner AKS goes independent again

Bangalore: Less cool than Pune
Bangalore: Less cool than Pune

DSK Legal’s only partner in Bangalore, Ajesh Kumar Shankar, demerged his practice from DSK into AKS Law Associates in April, going independent again.

Shankar, who had merged his litigation firm of around 14 lawyers with DSK in Bangalore in 2011 to share equity in the firm, has gone independent with his entire team.

He said: “We still share a relationship. We have gone separate out of mutual convenience. I was getting more focussed on counsel practice.”

DSK will not have an office in Bangalore now, nor does it plan to reopen in the city in the foreseeable future.

DSK co-founding partner Anand Desai commented: “We decided not to continue with an office in Bangalore, but will continue working from Mumbai with clients in Bangalore, as we were doing for several years.”

In June, DSK had opened in office in Pune.

Desai added that the Pune office, which was now four fee-earners strong, had already attracted several clients whose work the firm had been doing from Mumbai.

Chennai senior litigator J Sivanandaraaj also recently demerged his Madras high court practice from Kochhar & Co to go independent. He cited a loss of big firm referrals as the reason for the demerger.

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