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Ranji Dua foils Shardul Amarchand raid, retains Shiraz Patodia & team, 1-Up despite ‘disruptions’

Patodia stays
Patodia stays

Dua Associates managing partner Ranji Dua has confirmed that senior disputes partner Shiraz Patodia and her team would remain at the firm, less than a month after she had given notice to join Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (SAM) in Delhi, as first reported by Legally India on 1 July.

Dua also formally confirmed that former Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas principal associate Kunal Mehra had joined Dua as a partner on 2 July in the firm’s Gurgaon office, specialising in corporate and M&A, as reported last month.

Patodia commented: “On account of significant client conflicts that emerged during our discussion last week we came to the conclusion that it wouldn’t be possible for us to go ahead at this point of time.”

Dua told Legally India in an email today:

We respect and welcome Shiraz and her team’s decision to continue with the firm. 

It reinforces the sound basis of the firm’s value system and encouraging its professionals to grow their respective practices in an atmosphere of responsible freedom. 

Given the current disruptions in the legal market we consider it an opportunity to consolidate and grow with carefully chosen likeminded professionals.

She and her team, which amongst others includes junior partners Priyanka Sharma Goswami and Anusuya Sadhu Sinha, and manager Saloni Tuteja and senior associate Amrita Sharma, were to join Shardul Amarchand, as confirmed by managing partner Pallavi Shroff on 5 June in an email.

Dua told Legally India on 9 June that Patodia had on 5 June internally announced she would leave but that she would have to serve out her notice period and other contractual obligations.

We have reached out to Pallavi Shroff for comment.

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