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JSA, KCo, Tri, CAM, AZB are best law firms to work for, according to consultant survey

Best law firms in the culture category, according to Vahura survey (top 3 are the same as in the combined ranking)
Best law firms in the culture category, according to Vahura survey (top 3 are the same as in the combined ranking)

Law firms J Sagar Associates (JSA), Khaitan & Co, Trilegal, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas (CAM) and AZB & Partners (roughly in that order) were consistently ranked as the top 5 of big law firms in terms of “culture”, “leadership” and “rewards & recognition”, “satisfaction” and “pride”, according to a survey by legal recruitment and management consultant Vahura.

In the metric of work-life balance, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas came out above AZB, and in some of the categories, such as rewards & recognition, Trilegal was ahead of Khaitan, and AZB just ahead of CAM.

In a combined list of top 3, JSA apparently came out on top, with 73% of respondents from JSA having “responded positively to questions pertaining to respect and value”.

Khaitan & Co came second in the overall combined ranking, and Trilegal came third, out of firms with more than 200 professionals.

Amongst firms with fewer than 200 professionals, the winners were Keystone Partners, Bathiya Legal and PDS Legal.

Amongst boutique law firms, according to the survey, GameChanger Law Advisors came first, followed by Law NK and Obhan & Associates.

Full results in the 200+ size category:

Culture Firm leadership Rewards & recognition Worklife balance Satisfaction Pride
Khaitan Khaitan Trilegal Khaitan Khaitan Khaitan
Trilegal Trilegal Khaitan Trilegal Trilegal Trilegal

Full results in firms with fewer than 200 professionals:

Culture Firm leadership Rewards & recognition Worklife balance Satisfaction Pride
Keystone Bathiya Keystone Keystone Bathiya Keystone
Bathiya Keystone S&R Associates PDS Keystone Poovayya & Co
PDS PDS PDS Bathiya Nishith Desai Bathiya
BTG Legal BTG Legal DMD Advocates BTG PDS PDS
Samvad Partners Samvad Partners Bathiya Samvad Poovayya & Co Nishith Desai


According to the survey, more than 1,200 respondents participated from 140 law firms, approached directly and via a social media outreach campaign.

Law firm managing partners were also asked to share the survey internally in the firm.

Firms were only ranked if more than 35% of a firm’s professionals participated, resulting in a shortlist of 35 firms.

The survey report did not state the names of firms that did not make the cut into the top 6 in each category.

56% of respondents were associates, 26% were senior associates, 11% were counsel and 9% were partner, with the 73% based in Delhi and Mumbai and 15% in Bangalore.

Rival partner popularity contest results:

The survey also “curated The Lawyers Choice Rankings which is purely based on top 3 preferences of lawyers with respect to firms and partners in their corresponding practice areas”, “given by lawyers specifically in relation to other firms, and not their own”.

The top law firm partners (in alphabetical order) chosen in each practice area were:

Corporate Ashwath Rau (AZB) Cyril Shroff (CAM) Zia Mody (AZB)
Litigation Mahesh Agarwal (Agarwal Law Associates) Pallavi Shroff (SAM) Sanjeev Kapoor (Khaitan)
IP Pravin Anand and Safir Anand (Anand and Anand) Saikrishna Rajagopal (Saikrishna & Associates).
Finance Aashit Shah (JSA) Dina Wadia (JSA) Sonali Mahapatra (Talwar Thakore & Associates)
Real Estate Dhaval Vussonji (Dhaval Vussonji & Associates) Dhawal Mehta (Wadia Ghandy) Sajit Suvarna (DSK Legal)
Tax Deepak Chopra (AZB) Tarun Gulati (PDS) V Lakshmikumaran (LKS)
Projects Akshay Jaitly (Trilegal) Jatin Aneja (SAM) L Viswanathan (CAM)
Competition Nisha Kaur Uberoi (Trilegal) Pallavi Shroff (SAM) Samir Gandhi (AZB)
Capital markets Manan Lahoty (L&L Partners) Prashant Gupta (SAM) Yash Ashar (CAM)

Top "upcoming law firm partners", were voted to be:

Corporate Kunal Chandra (Trilegal) Shishir Vayttaden (CAM) Yogesh Singh (Trilegal)
Litigation Anuj Berry (SAM) Anupama Hebbar (Keystone Partners) Dhruv Dewan (SAM)
IP Anusuya Nigam (Singh and Singh) Aparna Kareer (Obhan & Associates) Priyanka Khimani (Anand and Anand & Khimani)
Finance Anjana Potti (JSA) Kannan Rahul (Trilegal) Roxanne Anderson (AZB)
Real Estate Denzil Arambhan (Wadia Ghandy) Malini Raju (JSA) Sagar Kadam (DSK)
Tax L Badri Narayan (LKS) Rajesh Simhan (NDA) Sachit Jolly (DMD Advocates)
Projects Ajay Sawhney (CAM) Avirup Nag (IndusLaw) Neeraj Menon (Trilegal)
Competition Abir Roy (Seetharaman & Associates) Ravisekhar Nair (ELP) Shweta Shroff Chopra (SAM)
Capital markets Abhimanyu Bhattacharya (Khaitan) Aditya Cheriyan (Khaitan) Varoon Chandra (AZB)

The PDF survey results (10MB) are available here, via Vahura.

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