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Apolitical / Issue 76

Legally India newsletter
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This week the Delhi bar council settled what sounded like quite a violent fist and pistol fight between two elected members, allegedly.

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The Delhi bar council’s apex body, the BCI, faced more virtual misfortunes as its website went offline for almost a week while recent graduates were still trying to get official confirmation about how, if at all, the bar exam was taking place. Fortunately, there is now some clarity with a solution that had been circulating for a number of weeks. Graduates who want to practise will now be able to do so, provided they sign an affidavit promising to sit and pass the exam in future.

The risk is that without a firm deadline, endless procrastination and state bar council politics could push the exam date well beyond March 2011. That said, and excepting some probable implementation hitches, the solution is thoroughly pragmatic and will appease the 2010 batch who can finally enter the courts and wear their bands with pride. For the time being at least.

But the dance of legal regulatory politics is unlikely to be over. The Indian Express quoted an unnamed senior law ministry source saying that solicitor general and BCI chairman Gopal Subramanium was asked to leave the BCI. At this stage it could just be a war of words but with the human resources ministry and the law ministry both wanting their power over lawyers, who knows where it will end.

Phoenix Legal took longer to secure new Delhi office space than it has so far taken to organise the bar exam, but the firm now has ample space to expand. And in preparing to grow out of the start-up stage it is also set to implement a full career development framework for its fee-earners.

There are probably only few if any firms around that are not planning to expand and hire, with a number of top associate and senior positions now open for applications. Visit the Legally India jobs site for more of the latest jobs and available student internships. And if you are a law firm looking to hire top lawyers, please contact us.

This week’s legal opinion examines the proposed amendments to the Arbitration Act and whether they can solve the current quagmire.

Finally, the Delhi T20 championship is hotting up in the group stages. Pool B and C are currently almost tied, but Saikrishna and Kochhar could be the ones to watch out for in in those pools, having played just one match each. And one tipster thinks Kochhar & Co may well be the dark horse in the competition.

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