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Chennai

28 August 2013

Hufriz WadiaJuris Corp partner and Chennai head Hufriz Wadia has resigned, having joined in January to open the office in the city.

21 August 2013

Economic Laws Practice (ELP) has opened an office in Bangalore, headed by Mumbai equity partner Nishant Shah, reported Bar & Bench.

The firm will focus on tax and corporate in Bangalore and was looking to finalise a new office in Chennai under senior associate Kartik Sundaram. This would be ELP’s sixth office, alongside its headquarters in Mumbai, and offices in Delhi, Ahmedabad and Pune.

In April Tarun Gulati and a team of 11 were poached by Ernst & Young (E&Y) affiliate law firm PDS Legal, with ELP rebuilding its Delhi litigation practice two months later with Amarchand Mangaldas lateral hire Kirat Singh and nine others.

08 May 2013

London callingKrishnamurthy & Co hopes to attract more UK and European clients from London.

19 February 2013

kecm15gyExclusive: Former Tatva Legal Bangalore co-founding partner Manoj Menon has joined Dua Associates as an equity partner in Bangalore to head the firm’s private equity and M&A practice, three years after he left as a salaried partner at the firm to Tatva.

21 January 2013

Hufriz photoJuris Corp will open an office in Chennai next week after former Wadia Ghandy associate Hufriz Wadia, who is the sister of long-time Mumbai partner Hoshedar Wadia, joined the firm as partner two weeks ago.

09 July 2012

Bhasin_Company-Lalit-Bhasin Contrary to the approach taken by the Bar Council of India (BCI), foreign lawyers should be allowed to fly into India temporarily to advise clients and assist in arbitrations, decided the Society of Indian Law Firms (SILF) in its general board meeting on Saturday, while noting that chartered accountants have been flouting the rules.

05 July 2012

Reports of foreign law firms' death greatly exaggeratedContrary to media reports, the Supreme Court has reaffirmed the Madras high court judgment on foreign law firms, expressly permitting the “fly-in-fly-out” of foreign lawyers, while reiterating the law laid down in the Bombay high court’s Lawyers Collective judgment preventing foreign lawyers from opening up offices in India.

04 July 2012

Round 2 Breaking: The Supreme Court has given 10 weeks to serve 31 foreign law firms and the respondents in the apex court appeal against the AK Balaji Madras writ petition, with the Bar Council of India (BCI) arguing that the law should prohibit foreign lawyers from even temporarily travelling to India to advise clients.

24 April 2012

Foreign firms The Bar Council of India (BCI) today filed its long-awaited appeal against the Madras High Court judgment that allowed foreign lawyers limited foreign law practice in India.

02 April 2012

Ganesh Prasad: Green thumbExclusively: Khaitan & Co is actively scouting to open Chennai and Hyderabad offices as Amarchand Mangaldas lateral partner Ganesh Prasad started in the Bangalore office yesterday with a remit to focus on South India.

24 February 2012

1960s Advocates Act: Kaputt? The ruling in the Chennai writ petition was hailed as pragmatic for solving the nearly two-year-old deadlock foreign firms were in. But frankly it is likely to continue exposing the deficiencies of the 1961 Advocates Act in dealing with modern-day India. And it could possibly  plunge a number of industries into a world of pain via the Bar Council of India (BCI).

21 February 2012

The Chennai High Court has cleared foreign lawyers from flying in and out of India to advise on foreign law, as well as the operations of legal process outsourcing (LPO) outfits, although it added that foreign lawyers would not be allowed to practice domestic law unless they registered with the Bar Council of India (BCI).

07 February 2012

Amarchand spreads Exclusive: Amarchand Mangaldas will launch in Chennai by March with Kochhar & Co Chennai head Dorothy Thomas, followed by re-opening in Ahmedabad with a Pune office pegged for the latter end of this year.

02 February 2012

Foreign firm crossing: Stop and Go The Madras High Court reserved its judgement yesterday and has begun deliberating on the fate of 31 international law firms and legal process outsourcing (LPO) outfit Integreon, and whether they face a ban of flying into India, after counsel for all sides concluded arguments.

23 December 2011

image Legally India’s last Mint column in 2011 gives its verdict on some of the past year’s biggest stories related to corporate law firms, with an unashamed slant bias towards UK-Indo relations. Click here to read more.

17 August 2011

image Exclusive: Chennai Law Associates, which was set up 18 months ago by former Surana & Surana litigator ML Joseph and broken even last month, has moved into larger office and opened an arbitration centre as an additional revenue source.

10 August 2011

dead-end-sign_by_Andrew-Mason The Bar Council of India’s (BCI) counter-affidavit filed in the AK Balaji Chennai case against 31 foreign law firms said that the BCI has decided not to relax the restrictions prohibiting foreign lawyers from practising and that the issue raised by the writ was “no longer res integra” because it had been settled in the 2009 Lawyers Collective case.

Legally India understands that the BCI’s thinking is that internal disparities at the Indian bar need to be eradicated through reform before making any decision on foreign firms.

02 August 2011

The Madras High Court today adjourned the A K Balaji writ against 31 foreign law firms to 22 September for final hearing and disposal of the case as the Bar Council of India (BCI) filed its reply in favour of the petitioners.