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Remfry & Sagar promotes four into new partner-designate career path

Julka: Putting a rung on it
Julka: Putting a rung on it

Remfry & Sagar has created a pre-partnership career rung, promoting four managing associates into the partner-designate position effective from 1 April 2013.

Managing associates from the patents team Shukadev Khuraijam, Vineet Rohilla and Swarup Kumar, and Gaurav Mukerjee from the trademarks team were elevated as the first four partner-designates at the firm.

Khuraijaam graduated as a lawyer from Delhi University (DU) in 2004 to join Remfry. Rohilla also obtained an LLB from DU in 2003 and joined Remfry in May 2005. Mukerjee graduated from Symbiosis Law Pune in 2002 and joined Remfry in 2004, while Kumar joined the firm in April last year.

Remfry managing partner Ashwin Julka said: “[The new rung] has been a thought of the firm for a long time. There are different structures followed by different firms. Some firms keep [their retainers on the] senior associate [rung] for several years and then suddenly make them partners.

“[Through elevation as partner-designate] people understand that they are on the path to make partner if all goes well and if they work hard. It is good to have such rungs [signifying] positive growth in their career.”

He said that the partner-designate rung has also been introduced as a grooming period between the managing associate level and partnership where the firm can also assess the retainers.

“We did a restructuring in terms of the work flow, [so that] there is always a back up for every person,” he added.

Julka told Legally India that the firm saw a profit increase of 20 per cent last year - “radical” in light of the current economic climate - and hired 16 professionals including six engineers, eight paralegals and secretarial staff, and two trademark lawyers. Remfry’s base salary ranges between Rs 6 to 10 lakhs per annum, exclusive of bonus, varying across departments, said Julka, noting that patent lawyers were usually paid more than others.

Vikram Grover, an equity partner at the firm, left last month to start up his own practice, leaving nine partners at the firm including Julka.

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