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Standing in line / Issue 70

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No one enjoys waiting in immigration these days, least of all when trying to get into the US of A.

This goes particularly for Indian lawyers now, as Nishith Desai’s 10-year US visa was revoked last week by a US customs official after finding that Desai would be “working” in the US by meeting clients. Indian lawyers have understandably been concerned although partners from other firms on a similar itinerary to Desai after a Canada-based legal conference were more lucky and made it to the US unchallenged.

It is therefore unlikely to have been a US policy decision but several foreign lawyers will no doubt smile at the parallels of their own struggles in visiting India. For example, even foreign lawyers visiting India as bona fide tourists on tourist visas usually require a written undertaking from the employer that they would not be practising any law while here. Still, once they have their business visas things generally are plain sailing, if you ignore tax judgments and Chennai writs.

ALMT Legal has been aligning itself more closely with its UK best friend firm Clyde & Co by taking on a new shipping partner – a practice area that is one of Clyde’s specialities.

More specialisation can be expected in the projects space too at the rate India is going, still leading global projects volumes. Indian law firms are along for the ride with Luthra & Luthra retaining its unchallenged top rank in projects for Q3 of 2010.

And if there was a prize for Bollywood mandates, Naik Paranjpe & Co would be in the running, yesterday securing the release of Knock Out despite allegations that the movie was Colin Farrell action-thriller knock-off (although the law firm could do little to save the film from a drubbing by critics and audiences).

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