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L&L Lit lifts 5 to partner, promotes 1 to partner designate as Arb, IBC get lit up • 34 associates climb rungs

5 new partners, 1 new partner designate at L&L Lit
5 new partners, 1 new partner designate at L&L Lit

Following from its corporate partnership promotions in September when six got the nod to partner, L&L Partners’ separate litigation partnership has now announced its internal promotions and probably one of the largest round to date, including five to partner in Delhi and one new partner designate.

The promotions also include 16 new managing associates (nearly doubling the size of the career rung to 35 managing associates, plus 2 in IP and 2 in tax), as well as 18 new senior associates.

Overall, this grows the firm formerly known as Luthra & Luthra to 79 partners (including the three corporate, litigation and tax advisory partnerships).

Of this, the litigation partnership has a total of 34 partners (excluding one partner designate), with another two partners in intellectual property (IP), and five in tax. The L&L litigation practice has a total of 132 fee-earners in addition to 11 fee-earners in IP and 13 in tax.

We have reached out to L&L litigation equity partner Bobby Chandhoke for further comment.

Update 12:02: Chandhoke commented: “The litigation vertical has grown tremendously over the years, so [the promotions] are a consequence of both increase in work and the time spent with the firm.”

He said that a mix of work had grown in disputes, primarily organically out of the way the firm handles corporate clients, including banks, via relationship accounts: “Basically it’s about the client that you serve and knowing the clients’ business, and the team serves the clients whether in consumer court or the Supreme Court.”

The biggest growth had primarily been in arbitration and Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) work, Chandhoke said: “Litigation strategy work has increased: trying to help clients strategise what their disputes are and help them settle if possible, if commercially viable for the client keeping in mind costs, management time and the time involved in the litigation process.”

IBC work, meanwhile, has been “one of the bigger drivers in the last couple of years”, and spanned work in tribunals and the Supreme Court (much like arbitration often also involved high courts and “sometimes the Supreme Court”), he said.

“And then there’s also a lot of managing clients’ pan-India portfolios,” he added. “A client has an issue, if they want to deal with one particular firm then wherever the cases are filed, we help manage [the cases] through associate offices. People want a consolidated approach so that facts are consistently represented across jurisdictions”

5 promotions to partner (from partner designate):

  1. Ashish Chandra
  2. Saleem Hasan Ansari
  3. Bharat Chugh
  4. Divij Kumar
  5. Nakul Sachdeva

One promotion to partner designate (from managing associate):

  1. Rudresh Singh
New managing associates in L&L Lit
New managing associates in L&L Lit

16 new managing associates (previously senior associates):

  1. Arjun Nihal Singh
  2. Shivi Sethi
  3. Divye Sharma
  4. Shalin Arthwan
  5. Kartik Bajpai
  6. Anirudh Krishan Gandhi
  7. Astha Ojha
  8. Ashish Kumar Singh
  9. Anshul Sehgal
  10. Abhishek Goyal
  11. Kumar Prem Anand
  12. Pallavi Shali
  13. Ambika Pratiyush Swain
  14. Aakarshan Sahay
  15. Abhishek Kumar Singh
  16. Rohan Malik
New L&L lit senior
New L&L lit senior

18 new senior associates:

  1. Naman Singh Bagga
  2. Prerna Parashar
  3. Tanvi Praveen
  4. Neha Mehta
  5. Chandramauli Dwivedi
  6. Surabhi Sahgal
  7. Bhaavya Roy
  8. Priyanka Prasad
  9. Vibhor Jain
  10. Arpita Bishnoi
  11. Achal Gupta
  12. Aniket Ghosh
  13. Damandeep Singh Bhalla
  14. Nishtha Chaturvedi
  15. Ruchika Darira
  16. Shivangi Narang (IPR)
  17. Amit Panigrahi (IPR)
  18. Saksham Singhal (Tax)
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