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Legally blessed / Issue 14

Law firms have been seizing the week of Lord Ganesha's birthday to do many interesting things.

Lord Ganesh is also known as the Lord of Beginnings. As such, his birthday celebrations during the Ganesha Chaturthi festival are an auspicious time for embarking on new projects or ventures.

Ganesh correspondingly also holds a very special place in the hearts of many Indian lawyers, particularly for those in Bombay where almost every law firm has its own statue, or 50. Or 500.

And whether by coincidence or design, lawyers have started many new things over the period of the festival.

For the first time in what seems like eons, an Indian company listed on London's Alternative Investment Market (AIM) this week with Trilegal and Covington & Burling's help.

AIM had provided Indian and UK firms with steady mid-market workflows until the credit crunch spanner was thrown into the works. This listing could mark a cautious new beginning in some sectors.

Kochhar & Co meanwhile is looking towards new horizons in the desert, seeking local friends in the Middle East. If successful this strategy could potentially pay off – after all, whoever said that you can only make best friends with the Brits?

Closer to home, the Society of Indian Law Firms (SILF) wants to make a new start with non-Delhi-ites, strengthening its chapters outside the capital and taking fresh blood into its ranks.

SILF has also met with Law Minister Veerappa Moily to talk about new beginnings in the future of law firms and legal education.

In Delhi, AZB & Partners and Vaish Associates have launched new practice groups with partner hires in indirect tax and competition law respectively.

In law school land, hatchets were (almost) buried this week as HNLU Raipur students returned to a brand-new campus after four-years of protest, which included hunger strikes, police arrests and plenty of intrigue.

Meanwhile, a Delhi High Court judge decided that the time was right for a second fresh start after less than five months on the bench. He resigned in order to return to private practice as an advocate.

In any case and whether they be in Mumbai, Delhi or elsewhere, Ganesh is certain to smile benignly upon these lawyers' endeavours.


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