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ELP associate partner Sumit Rai goes independent

To get mostly, but not only, into arbitration

ELP partner Sumit Rai goes independent into exciting Indian arbitration scene
ELP partner Sumit Rai goes independent into exciting Indian arbitration scene

Economic Laws Practice Mumbai associate partner Sumit Rai left the firm in October to go into counsel practice.

The GLC Mumbai 2007 alumnus Rai joined ELP in July 2008 after a brief stint at Advani & Co, and was promoted to the pre-equity partner stage in ELP’s May 2015 round of promotions.

He will be joining Bombay high court senior advocate Pradeep Sancheti’s chambers and eventually move on to independent counsel practice. He explained that in Bombay, though it is not an official requirement but it is customary to enter the bar through the senior counsel chamber route.

He commented: “I am joining the bar full-fledged, entering through a senior’s chamber. I will be joining Mr Pradeep Sancheti’s chamber. My focus, because last 8 years it has been arbitration, so it is definitely going to be there but it is not exclusively going to be arbitration.”

“I’ve had a great stint at ELP and left on a very good note, primarily due to personal aspiration. The arbitration scene in India is changing because of the time limit [rule] coming into effect and the government is also giving it a push. I feel that a dedicated arbitration bar is strongly going to come up – that’s the reason I thought this is a good time to branch out.”

ELP was not reachable for comment at the time of going to press.

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