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Leading Legal Lights / Newsletter Issue 121

May everything be illuminated!
May everything be illuminated!
A very happy Diwali to all lawyers and connected parties!

By way of further seasonal greetings, Legally India brings you all the legal news you may have missed over the past few months, wrapped in one newsletter.

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Don't miss: One of India's largest and most respected corporate groups is looking for an M&A legal head, who combines 5-10 years of legal experience with outstanding commercial nous.
Indore: A fantastic in-house opportunity paying Rs 25-30 lakh per annum for those with 18+ years of experience.
Competition law start-up seeks 2-3 years PQE associates, and an up-and-coming firm wants someone to head up its Bangalore office.
...and much much more. Click through for more than 15 opportunities with law firms, companies and others, or email if you are interested in these or others.

The India Law Inc Chronicles, Q3 2012

Mainstream highlights included the bombshell of FDI for multi-brand-retail.

India also welcomed a new law minister, a new Chief Justice of India succeeded the now-possibly-legendary SH Kapadia, and a new, improved foreign arbitration doctrine finally fixed the old.

Trilegal and Allen & Overy, one of the oldest and most well-known Anglo-Indian best friendships, has ended.

Alone, Trilegal has tried to reinvent itself, hoping that its radical management & equity shake-up would help prevent stagnation.

The Company Law Board (CLB) made history and an example that put the fear of judges into all lawyers, with the first reported case of an Indian court fining a law firm for mistakes made. Read the full story: CLB fines Amarchand Delhi for wrong affidavits; Firm sacks two associates.

Tax proved to be a cobweb: The DHCBA got the rules of restaurant service tax law wrong in a ‘public interest’ notice, which embarrassingly went viral on Facebook. Meanwhile, the rules around lawyers' own service tax liability are still being fought and remain unclear to many.

Women in law talked suits vs skirts:

The law school bully may have evolved but continues to lurk: Ragging cured at law school?

Law firms

Fundamental to the future of India Law Inc is the question Legally India asked clients: are small legal start-ups competing with the big boys?

And we examined the art of rainmaking and why so many excellent young lawyers leave.

Newly starting up start-ups


Movers and shakers

Overseas immigrations


Practice expansion & more

Law firm politics

Singh & Singh & Singh & Associates: IP Feud over name, stealing clients


The lives and times of seniors

Outlook briefly profiled India’s eight most expensive senior advocates.

Two new additional solicitor generals (ASGs) for the Delhi high court: Paras Kuhad, and Rakesh Khanna appointed, while new SC ASG Sidharth Luthra shared his views with Legally India on creativity, criminals, success and tea with kindly judges.

Shamed ex-senior RK Anand accepted Supreme Court’s offer to work for free and make a huge BCI donation, to avoid imprisonment under the Contempt of Courts Act.

Supreme Court: Upholds free speech, with delays
Supreme Court: Upholds free speech, with delays
At the courts

Judicial vacancy in India’s high courts decreased by one jot, but the CCI grappled with 62% vacancy and mounting case load.

Judicial Appointments

Also read: Court Witness's beginner’s guide to winning at the Adjournment Game

Top cases:

Internet freedoms:

Misreporting court proceedings: Express & Pioneer to carry front page apologies to SC for court reporting

Another day, another legal blog sued: Delhi HC declines interim injunction in SpicyIP–Natco Defamation case

Outsourcing the law

On the Legal Process Outsourcing (LPO) front, Clifford Chance’s OSC doubled in size, and UnitedLex got Ex-NSN chief and made $42.8m.

The regulator

Bar Council of India
Bar Council of India
The BCI made peace with the HRD ministry as a petition scuppered its proposed nationwide lawyers’ strike against the Higher Education and Research Bill 2011.

Also, yet another date (9 December) for the BCI's next bar exam under a new operator, at an inexplicably hiked cost.

The BCI is not just working on its bank balance with the 50 per cent hike in AIBE application fees, but also from the Rs 3+ crore it wants to earn from web registration portal fees for law students, teachers, colleges and lawyers

Meanwhile law teachers asked the BCI for a say in legal education and to scrap those fees.

Legal education

The one year LLM programme may finally become a reality.

Also read Why there's no fool-proof way to rank law schools and there are unlikely to be any much fatter average pay packages for law grads any time soon.

And this is what we know some of the top schools did last summer:

NLSIU Bangalore

Gets security cover, after raising its voice against safety conditions and the shameful reporting and police reaction to a sex crime on campus.

NUJS Kolkata

Gets itself a 'student psychotherapist’ after campus-suicide, and takes strict anti-ragging action

GNLU Gandhinagar

Was told to do away with unfair examination rules by the Gujarat HC

NLUO Cuttack

Scrapped the joint LLM-PhD degree course midway

NUSRL Ranchi

Got ready to move to own campus after student PIL-win against land mafia, but may freeze admissions

RMLNLU Lucknow

Complained to chief minister about placements, disorder, net access; met with cooperation

NLU Delhi

Ditched ‘Day Zero” but got 5 jobs

JGLS Sonipat

Got 22 jobs for batch of 23, many in litigation

RGNUL Patiala

Scored 20 law firm jobs

Mooting Premier League sponsored by Herbert Smith Freehills
Mooting Premier League sponsored by Herbert Smith Freehills

Season 4, sponsored by Herbert Smith Freehills, began at the home of Indian mooting, with JGLS Sonipat’s lead that was quickly taken away by Manfred lachs world round winners NLSIU Bangalore.

Careers Counsel

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