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Numerous foreign law firms are active in the Indian market.
19 October 2012

The smallest foreign law firms’ (1-20 lawyers) marketing budgets have grown to $155,000 out of which more than $17,000 was spend related to their website every year. Total marketing spend could be more than $7.5m overall, and more than $46,500 on websites for the biggest law firms.

Most foreign law firms consider websites central to their marketing efforts, and 38 per cent of the 184 law firms surveyed went for a website revamp more than once annually.

Furthermore, a total of 38 per cent of law firms' total marketing budget was now spent in online marketing activities.

The survey on corporate law firms was conducted by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell recently [Report/Summary]

12 October 2012

White & Case has elected 28 lawyers to partner globally, including two non-Indian lawyers who are connected to the firm’s India practice. In New York, intellectual property (IP) associate Raj Gandesha became a partner, while in Singapore local partner Nandakumar Ponniya was elevated to the global partnership.

Gandesha is a Canadian national qualified to practice in New York, who has been previously involved in events with the US-India Business Council and studies about the IP landscape in India, according to several websites.

Ponniya is a Singaporean national and qualified lawyer who is triple qualified in New York, England and Singapore and specialises in arbitration, having advised in various India-related disputes. [White & Case press release]

12 October 2012

Salman Khursheed Union law minister Salman Khursheed said that the entry of foreign lawyers should be left for the bar to decide, welcomed the All India Bar Exam (AIBE), said the government was thinking about reforming the collegium system of judicial appointments, while admitting that pendency was a huge problem, in an interview with legal website Bar & Bench published today. Legally India brings you the digested read and highlights.

09 October 2012

Ashok LalwaniBaker & McKenzie’s global India practice will be headed by the firm’s Singapore partner of 10 years Ashok K Lalwani effective this month, after David Jacobs, who was the India practice head since 2005, retired as the firm’s partner. Lalwani was already heading the firm’s Asia Pacific and US securities practice.

27 September 2012

BrayneBreaking: Law firms Allen & Overy and Trilegal have ended their five-year best friend relationship, according to a press release from both firms.

10 July 2012

imageHave you missed the Legally India newsletter? Good, we’re happy we’re back too.

For those who’ve not had time to follow what has happened in the industry for the past few months, please take out five minutes and peruse Legally India’s crisp summary and analysis of everything you need to know or may have missed in the Indian legal market.

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.

06 July 2012

COTW: Witty, pretty and fineAgain this week, LI’s readers got to excavating the bizarre, fecund and true layers beneath LI stories. Here’s the best of the best.

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.

29 June 2012

allen-overy-Jonathan-Brayne Aiming to rekindle a “constructive debate” on the liberalisation of the Indian legal sector, UK headquartered magic circle firm Allen & Overy (A&O) has started a public relations (PR) offensive with an independent survey that confirmed overwhelming support for the entry of foreign law firms among Indian corporate lawyers and clients.

05 May 2012

Rahulji: Upcoming date with BCI? The Bar Council of India (BCI) has claimed to have made progress and vowed to continue lobbying against the Higher Education and Research Bill 2011 (HER Bill), as it has called for renewed resistance to the proposals.

02 May 2012

Sherina Petit Norton Rose disputes of counsel Sherina Petit has been promoted to partnership at Norton Rose’s London office.

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.

01 April 2012

BCI gives green lightExclusive [but not true]: The Bar Council of India (BCI) passed a resolution late yesterday to allow English and Singaporean lawyers to practice in district and lower courts, paving the way for an eventual staged entry of foreign law firms into India.

12 March 2012

Damodaran Former Amarchand & Mangaldas associate and NLSIU Bangalore alum Anand Damodaran joins Ropes & Gray as partner today in London, leaving White & Case where he was a senior associate until last month.

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).

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.