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Breaking: K Law to see 7 partners exit across 3 cities, possibly with entrepreneurial ambitions • Firm recruiting into 50% gap

K Law down in Mumbai: Sharad Joshi, Sanket Sethia, Kumar Abhishek Singh, Sankar Swamy, Krishna Venkat (left to r)K Law down in Mumbai: Sharad Joshi, Sanket Sethia, Kumar Abhishek Singh, Sankar Swamy, Krishna Venkat (left to r)

K Law will be losing five of its partners in Mumbai, and one partner each in Delhi and Bangalore.

The Mumbai partners leaving are:

Also leaving in Delhi is:

And in Bangalore:

  • corporate partner Abhinav Singh, who had been promoted in 2015.

Delhi’s Nilesh Chandra (l), Bangalore’s Abhinav Singh (r) to also leaveDelhi’s Nilesh Chandra (l), Bangalore’s Abhinav Singh (r) to also leave

Managing partner Naina Krishnamurthy confirmed their departure, with them having agreed to finish all their matters at the firm, and commented: “It is something that has been in the works for some time.”

“I started this journey of mine 19 years ago, and you know at different stages people wanted to start on their own and wanted to start their own thing, because I started this on my own. So I’ve always been absolutely supportive of people who’ve done that. There’s been some entrepreneurial aspirations amongst different people.”

On a joint conference call with Krishnamurthy and the Mumbai departing partners, when asked whether all would be moving somewhere together, Kumar Abhishek Singh said: “We are still reviewing our options, whether together or not, it will be clarified in due course, and shortly.

“As on date we don’t have a concrete decision. whether connected or not, only time will say.”

Before the departure, K Law had a total partnership strength of around 13 across offices, having recently also added partner Vishal Bhatt in Bangalore - former general counsel of Sriram Properties - and intellectual property (IP) partner Isha Rathnam in Mumbai.

The departures would leave Mumbai with only three partners full-time - Krishnamurthy and Rathnam - but Krishnamurthy said that that that “advanced discussions” were in progress for four partners to join in Mumbai, and two more in Bangalore.

Delhi partner Pradeep Ratnam, who had joined in 2016 from ILFS, would also be spending significant time in Mumbai during the transition.

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Like +20 Object -1 Maramaari 20 Apr 18, 19:52  interesting  top rated
Bharat Rathnam ki jai ho !!
Pappu Rathnam has finally done it.

Serious cost to company he has been. Naina-ma please wake up smell something.. coffee or coco-jal .. something!
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Like +2 Object -2 Silly Milly 20 Apr 18, 20:15
While reading this I am suddenly remembering Titanic track the sad one
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Like +3 Object -1 Radio Jockey 20 Apr 18, 20:19
Jai Shri Rathnam !!!
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Like +3 Object -2 Turtle 20 Apr 18, 20:29
Which company this or the previous one
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Like +2 Object -1 Maramaari 20 Apr 18, 21:49
Heera hai sada ke liye!
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Like +0 Object -1 Khao Suey 20 Apr 18, 20:50
Why so??
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Like +6 Object -1 7 down 3 to go? 20 Apr 18, 19:54  interesting
How is this possible to be in works for sometime and yet no recruitment. KIan, what of fhe associates of the exiting partners? Is bombay office shutting?
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Like +0 Object -1 BabaBooey 21 Apr 18, 15:28
We will know that for sure in a couple of months' time. Be patient.
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Like +7 Object -1 Event 20 Apr 18, 20:43  interesting
What triggered all of them leaving at once.
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Like +4 Object -2 Digger 20 Apr 18, 21:22
Non other than ‘the Ratnam’. Wondering how Naina-ma can allow [...]
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Like +1 Object -1 Arrghhhhhhhhhhhh 20 Apr 18, 23:42
Allow what....jaldi bolo.....5 years of good luck if u say
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Like +1 Object -0 Digger 21 Apr 18, 10:42
Allow the so called CO Managing Partner to stay
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Like +1 Object -0 Exact details 21 Apr 18, 10:04
What did he exactly do for all of them to leave?
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Like +14 Object -1 Yeh toh hona hi tha 20 Apr 18, 20:45  interesting  top rated
This was due.
A dictator on the top advised by some of the most incompetent people in the business.
Which senior associates and associates have left?
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Like +1 Object -0 Who? 21 Apr 18, 11:12
Who is advising her? Anyone knows, I am very curious as to the type of people the big bosses go to for advice.
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Like +28 Object -1 Guest 20 Apr 18, 21:44  interesting  top rated
Who is K Law??
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Like +1 Object -0 Meaningplease 24 Apr 18, 00:05
What is the meaning of "who is klaw" need some explanation
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Like +3 Object -0 Khao Suey 20 Apr 18, 22:12
How is Ratnam Pradeep doing?
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Like +7 Object -0 khao piyo 20 Apr 18, 22:56  interesting
Its his doing
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Like +4 Object -0 Guest 20 Apr 18, 23:31
Ratnam is doing and not how is Ratnam doing
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Like +1 Object -0 CandyStore 21 Apr 18, 10:10
What did he do? Someone please spill the beans.
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Like +2 Object -1 Whos that 20 Apr 18, 22:29
Can everyone stop speaking in riddles and come to the point
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Like +3 Object -0 Guest 20 Apr 18, 23:02
[...] Ms Managing Partner, wake up and ask him to leave.
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Like +2 Object -0 Legal news 20 Apr 18, 23:49
Its a little shocking so many are leaving together. Can someone explain why. Nobody is telling what happened
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Like +4 Object -5 Messi 21 Apr 18, 00:04
Do they even have business? As far as K Law is concerned, they themselves did not have enough business, not sure what business these guys have
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Like +11 Object -4 FrankGarrett 21 Apr 18, 00:43  interesting
Just FYI.. the one's who have left re the real rainlmakers.
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Like +0 Object -5 TheOnewIthBrains 21 Apr 18, 12:16
haha you you're delusional
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Like +9 Object -0 Tengashi 21 Apr 18, 15:31  interesting
Give it two months, you'll find out who's delusional and who's not, pal.
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Like +0 Object -0 Yard stick 23 Apr 18, 13:35
Still disillusioned about having brains eh? What plans for growing up
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Like +2 Object -0 Dry facts 21 Apr 18, 00:50
Ratnam has total 17 years experience. He started his career at 27. Became Director then COO then Sr Partner.
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Like +3 Object -6 Long gap 21 Apr 18, 09:47
What was e doing between age 20 to 27? Why did he start his career so late? Most law students start working right since age 20-21. Still how did he manage to get such big boss positions?
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Like +2 Object -1 Genuine 21 Apr 18, 12:59
This was a genuine question. Seen students work from age 20 21 for experience, for money, to support families, for interest, for adventure, for learning. So asked why anyone should start their career at 27. Why wud anyone down rate the comment 11.1?
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Like +6 Object -2 Guest 21 Apr 18, 20:36
It is being down rated as people start working at:

1. XII + 5-year BA,LLB = 18 + 5 = 23 (with a drop year or so, this easily becomes 24/25); or
2. XII + 3-year under-grad + 3-year LLB = 18 + 3 + 3 = 24 (with a drop year/work ex after first degree, this easily becomes 25/26).

Lawyers @ 20/21, might be Interns (esp. those from GLC, Bombay). However, they aren't lawyers yet.
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Like +2 Object -2 Danke 22 Apr 18, 12:43
@11.1.1.1.

The time lines prove nothing except that the person wants to be the boss directly. There is a difference between Boss and Leader. But thats another topic. (Leaders start young and from the grassroot levels, they dont become directly boss to boss around and ridicule everyone. But you will never understand all this)

Right GLC are not lawyers yet ( that is ur opinion kiddo). Since historical times GLC has given the greatest lawyers and judges to the country. That is if you ever read anything or practised law in true sense. There are extremely good GLC lawyers but the difference is they dont boast. And you cant even defend your case against GLC lawyers and hiding in a law firm through someones ref. GLC existed when you were not even born.

As far as your law school is concerned, I dont like to talk bad because I am not like you. Neverthless, the stories and culture of your law school are all on LI for all to see.
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Like +5 Object -1 SmartAlec 22 Apr 18, 16:59
I am not from GLC or an NLU, but I would prefer a candidate from GLC any day of the week! Needless to say even the average ones are more equipped any day to deal with practical realities of practicing law (either lit or corp).
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Like +11 Object -1 Main Ulpe Boltoy 21 Apr 18, 10:24  interesting
On a serious note, he is yet to start his career. He is still trying his hands at every practice.. somedays litigation is interesting and on some other days M&A. He tries any practice for a few days [...] and when things get messy he hands it over to someone in the firm to deal with it.. of course at such other lawyers risk!
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Like +4 Object -1 Fair enough 21 Apr 18, 17:50
Its fair yar ... Ratnam wants to be a litigator... if no client ever gives him work ... he has his own special case from previous company to defend himself....... a litle birdie told me once that case is over he can
go back aborad to practice...so thats the deal with Nainama guys...
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Like +3 Object -0 Kamala De Asanam 21 Apr 18, 18:22
For a deal however, there should be something in it for both guys, no? What's mataji's angle in all of this?
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Like +7 Object -1 Confused in life much? 22 Apr 18, 10:43  interesting
Why is there a "mataji" behind or in every (if not all) law firm story? No clue about legal practice. Confused about work in addition to everything else in life. Clearly having a notion that you are gods gift to mankind is not going to take you through the winding and often treacherous paths of life. Shape up or get shafted out.
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Like +2 Object -0 Karma ma 24 Apr 18, 10:29
Know nothing about Nainama but was sure of Kar-ma
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Like +2 Object -0 Narcu 25 Apr 18, 20:26
If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, its a duck.
If it walks like a duck and talks like a swan, its a narcissist.
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Like +0 Object -0 Details pls 21 Apr 18, 22:48
Please give proper details
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Like +12 Object -0 Chai Ki Dukan Wala 21 Apr 18, 08:40  interesting  top rated
......kela kar diya ...!!!
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Like +4 Object -1 Tin-Tin 21 Apr 18, 19:46
Banana-split...!!!
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Like +3 Object -1 Guest 21 Apr 18, 11:08
This was long over due. Naina Krishnamurthy has no idea what is going on her firm. [...] who should just prolly take pride in knowing English [...]. He has no clients, does not know how to work in a team, paints a fake picture in front of "Nainammaaaa" and mocks everyone else. He is the one who EVERYONE but his chamcha [...]. If she could have just seen the loss [...] is to the firm, she could have saved some of the most brilliant partners the firm had. Anyways, K Law is done and dusted and for good!
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Like +3 Object -2 Kela ka chilka reh gay 21 Apr 18, 13:50
A birdie tells me that salaries were not cleared on time.
Bonus of previous year was announced but not paid.
Can someone confirm?
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Like +0 Object -1 TomThePissedOffRoofer 23 Apr 18, 12:08
Who is this birdie yaar? ex-birdie or Russell Crowe-Insider-birdie?
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Like +0 Object -0 Wake waka 23 Apr 18, 15:42
Every person has become a birdie now
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Like +6 Object -0 Es regnet 21 Apr 18, 14:04  interesting
This guy has mastered the art of hurting everyone. 7 people leaving together is a big message of revolt. Need some more comments from the leaving lawyers to get full info.
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Like +6 Object -0 K Lawl 22 Apr 18, 10:24  interesting
Actually the damage caused by the gentleman is much more than these 7 partners.. 2 more partners had left in the last 2-3 months.. a year or so back the Delhi office partners moved out.

In all they’ve been losing some of the really good people the firm had.. and these people are doing wonderfully well elsewhere.

I’m stumped how the managing partner can still attest and tow the line being shown by the Rathnam. Isn’t it visible that a lot of damage has been done or was he specifically brought in to shut down the firm.

What left of the firm is barely nothing... except Naina and Nikhil. In that Naina has stopped working a loooong time ago & Nikhil does IPR only.

Rebuilding this firm from the dumps that it’s now in is a huge challenge. Feel sad for Naina. If only she had followed her own gut feelings like how she had been for last 18-19 yrs.
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Like +0 Object -1 Delhi golgappa 23 Apr 18, 00:40
Read some of d comments .....


Didnt understand bharath..pappu...why comment 5 is top rated...why mataji..etc etc...

More commentas abt some rathnama then resigned lawyeras
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Like +0 Object -0 Guest 23 Apr 18, 12:48
Best of luck guys
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Like +2 Object -3 Guest 23 Apr 18, 17:27
Dont mess with a DOSCO and LAW SCHOOLITE !!!! Now quality lawyers will be brought in to replace these guys.
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Like +1 Object -1 Same guest 23 Apr 18, 19:08
Bro, was being sarci upar. This is the kind of justification some of the egostic partners give when asked by juniors as to why the firm is splitting.
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Like +3 Object -0 Adios 23 Apr 18, 19:26
Those "new quality lawyers" will also be saying tata bye bye in a few months.
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Like +1 Object -1 Old Boy 23 Apr 18, 22:40
Bro.show some class man!! You may have a beef with a man but why bring an institution in the middle.

The first thing taught to a Dosco is humility and no Dosco whether present or an old boy, would condone being a prick which your comment proves you are.

So take it easy bro and go back and crawl to whichever whole you came from.

PS. Kian. What happened to censorship when it came to sick comments against an age old institution.
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Like +1 Object -1 Tengashi 24 Apr 18, 00:11
The didn't teach you how to spell a 'hole' in Doon?
Or education in India, no matter where it is provided is essentially a scam?
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Like +1 Object -0 Blasph 24 Apr 18, 10:05
Why are age old institutions supposed to be safe from free speech just because they're old?
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Like +0 Object -0 Finland 23 Apr 18, 17:39
Wow open threat to 10 seasoned lawyers of firm from Guest @ 19.....kian are you the referee....kian what is happening shed some light....why no comments from kian yet...leaving lawyers your comments please....this is turning out WWF....
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Like +2 Object -0 concerned associate 24 Apr 18, 13:49
This is a big message to the management of not K&Co. but all other firms too. Reward loyalists and not the ones you like.
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Like +0 Object -1 Guest 24 Apr 18, 14:40
This is clearly that time of the year. Some large movements are likely to happen soon. Apparently, one of the equity partners is in the midst of moving from [...]
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Like +0 Object -0 Guest 24 Apr 18, 16:02
Bar and bench is about to come out with the news of Akila quitting.
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Like +0 Object -1 kianganz 24 Apr 18, 16:04 LI subscriber
Thanks for the heads-up - not unexpected they would. :)

Have unpaywalled our story in anticipation: https://www.legallyindia.com/lawfirms/shardulamarchand-long-time-delhi-star-equity-partner-akila-agrawal-resigns-20180424-9309
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Like +0 Object -0 Guest 24 Apr 18, 16:30
Thanks. Now they may not
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Like +0 Object -0 kianganz 24 Apr 18, 16:32 LI subscriber
Lol, they move in mysterious ways :)
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Like +2 Object -0 25 Apr 18, 00:59
Can you also please update the SAs and Associates who have left? Or you don't have that info?
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Like +2 Object -0 Right 25 Apr 18, 12:33
Can you confirm people leaving at other level in KLaw?
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Like +0 Object -0 Pastry 25 Apr 18, 13:29
Kian waiting for your analysis what do non klaws understand from this?
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Like +1 Object -0 English Vinglish 25 Apr 18, 15:44
What are pradeep ratnams views on leaving partners???
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Like +0 Object -1 Existing SAM partner 26 Apr 18, 09:03
I hope they are NOT joining SAM!! Amen
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Like +1 Object -0 Port Blair 26 Apr 18, 10:18
You mean he not they
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Like +0 Object -1 Existing SAM partner 26 Apr 18, 19:07
I am talking of all the 7 who quit
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Like +0 Object -0 Ya re 26 Apr 18, 19:13
It is mentioned in article they are going to start on their own. They are not interested in going to SAM. Read properly.
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Like +1 Object -0 Updateplease 27 Apr 18, 22:43
7 Partners 3 APs and their respective team members...
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Like +0 Object -0 Total 01 May 18, 17:23
Can someone pls sum up totally how many have left. Partners, Associates etc.
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Like +0 Object -1 duh 10 May 18, 16:25
browse linked-in buddy, if you are so curious to know. Not everything can be spoon-fed, no?
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Like +0 Object -0 Lol 10 10 May 18, 20:28
Thanks Kian good idea
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