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Newsletter Issue 117: Returns

Legally India newsletter
Legally India newsletter
The Legally India newsletter has been absent for a little while but things have been busy at India Legal Inc, and at Legally India towers.

First off, we are pleased to announce Legally India’s content partnership with India’s best quality business daily Mint, which will be featuring a page of the biggest legal industry and law firm news and analysis every other Friday.

Legally India, every 14 days in Mint
Legally India, every 14 days in Mint

Last Friday we wrote about the spat within the Bar Council of Delhi over whether to censure law firms that have converted to limited liability partnership (LLP) structure. One law firm mothballed its LLP in response, others are confused.

And old-school Bombay firm Wadia Ghandy goes global with a Singapore office, a Delhi outpost and expansion in Mumbai.

But the biggest story of last week was actually three stories.

Amarchand, which for the last few years had suffered from precious little senior-level attrition, now appears to experience it all in one go (see Indian law firms, below).

It is difficult to dismiss as mere coincidence that all this is happening only a few months after announcing the ambitious outcome of its second, long-awaited management review (incidentally covered in our previous newsletter, Seeking Amartality).

As usual, also plenty of exciting law school and mooting news, the latest exclusive news and gossip from the courts and much more. Read on below.

At Legally India

Legally India editor Kian Ganz now writes columns in UK legal publication, The Lawyer, and Mint. The first was an introduction to India, the land of ‘approximately’ 1.2 million lawyers. Then an analysis of GDP and the legal market, or how Indian lawyers get by on only $1.4m of GDP.

Legally India also held its first events in Delhi and Mumbai, together with AZB & Partners, UK barristers chamber No5, and BDO. Read more for an Indian corporate governance master class with AZB in the age of Anna Hazare, UK Bribery Act, FCPA & anti-corruption movements.

Finally, the Legally India blogging competition is back, now in a monthly format. Read our blogging section for the latest quality posts.

Indian law firms

Wadia Ghandy has outgrown its venerable solicitors’ firm legacy with new offices in Singapore and Delhi now. In India, three senior lawyers left Amarchand, with two set to join Khaitan, which just keeps growing (see below).

Also, we reveal how much law firms in Delhi and Mumbai pay for the first six years, as top salaries doubled in five years.

Overseas law firms

One Indian lawyer, still a minor celebrity in India for his historic win in 1999 of the Jessup moot, made White & Case partnership in record time, while JSA hired another NLSIU legend from international firm Herbert Smith.

Deals & litigation

News at the bar

Chief Justice of India (CJI) Kapadia is trying hard but the pending cases tally just keeps running away. Kapadia, and academics commenting, pointed out that lawyers may be more to blame than the judiciary itself.

Also, the advocates-on-record exams with an 18 per cent pass rate, Mint lists the 10 most important Supreme Court cases of the year, and undercover research that revealed a private online censorship regime in full swing in India, already before Kapil Sibal’s controversial comments on online content.

Court Witness also concluded his four-part epic on the eternal life of a special leave petition (SLP), while Supreme Court Insider documents the brickbats of advocates at the height of their powers, Raja’s stay in Tihar and LI interviewed Jethmalani on cross-examination and why political parties don’t appear to care about foreign law firms.

More court stories

Court Witness’s terrifying special leave petition (SLP) Quadrilogy

Careers Counsel

Careers Counsel is back, now with the experienced Aunty and Uncle ready to answer reader’s questions.

Law school

NUJS gets a new VC, Indian LLM recruitments look bleak, only one law Rhodes scholar this year & more.

Legally News Wire

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