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Highly amusing: Cyril Amarchand lawyers can’t access Legally India from work computers anymore [UPDATE-2: Access restored]

This would be an excellent time to tell you about our Android app (and mobile-optimised website) :)
This would be an excellent time to tell you about our Android app (and mobile-optimised website) :)

As first reported by Bar & Bench, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas lawyers have found themselves unable to access Legally India and our rival legal news website Bar & Bench from their work computers.

Legally India has confirmed that the websites are inaccessible from at least two Cyril Amarchand offices.

One Cyril Amarchand lawyer told Legally India that “the kids have been crying all day that they can’t access your website”.

We understand that no internal announcement has been made about the policy change, if any, but are reserving final judgment on the reasons for the sites being inaccessible.

We have reached out to Cyril and Vandana Shroff for comment and will update when we hear from them.

Update 20 April, 10:30am: Have received word from Cyril Amarchand management, they’re looking into what’s happening, though prima facie it doesn’t seem like a deliberate management decision.

Update 2- April 13:42: As reported just now, Access has been restored at Cyril Amarchand. The block was apparently a consequence of new security processes having been introduced.

A comment left on Bar & Bench stated: “I have clarified with the IT department and bar and bench and the ‘other’ website are part of a global blacklist and not a technical error.”

The only time we can recall that we were blocked by a law firm so far, was in 2009 when FoxMandal Little, as it then was, temporarily blocked access to Legally India after a flood of comments on a story regarding the firm’s salary deferrals.

Have we told you yet that we have an Android app? Get it here free, it’s quite fast and friendly.

Editor’s note: Any thoughts about why we may have been blocked welcome in the comments. Can associates confirm if any other sites are inaccessible? Livelaw? Buzzfeed? Lexis Nexis? My personal pet theory: too many billable hours went into the BD account code when associates were browsing LI, claiming they were researching the competition…

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