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Unexpected last day today for 25 Ashwath fee-earners, partners at CAM, as AZB releases 6 of Percy's early

Billimoria (l) and Rau (r) may have set a new record for shortest associate notice periods ever
Billimoria (l) and Rau (r) may have set a new record for shortest associate notice periods ever

Around 25 fee-earners in the team of Ashwath Rau, who is set to join AZB & Partners Mumbai office with at least three partners from Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, have been told that today will be their last day in the office, Legally India understands according to multiple authoritative sources.

That number includes two partners in Rau's team, Anu Tiwari and Dhruv Singhal, while partner Ganesh Rao is still handing over matters at Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas and will not have a day off work tomorrow.

At the same time, six AZB & Partners Delhi fee-earners in senior partner Percy Billimoria's team, have also been told that they could leave the firm today, ostensibly to join Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas in Delhi with Billimoria.

However, it is understood that leaving dates for Rau and Billimoria have not yet been agreed, though they are subject to negotiation.

Notice periods for associates at Cyril Amarchand are typically two months, while equity partners' contractual notice periods at firms such as Cyril Amarchand can be up to six months long.

Rau's partners announced their departures on 23 April, while Billimoria's leaving for Cyril Amarchand became official only on 25 May.

We have reached out to Rau, Billimoria, Cyril Amarchand managing partner Cyril Shroff, and AZB Mumbai managing partner Zia Mody for comment.

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