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04 December 2018

We are very happy to announce the formal launch of Legally India’s live deals league tables, law firm and lawyer directory.

31 October 2018

Khaitan & Co has set out a number of progressive human resources (HR) policies to facilitate flexible working, including some additional maternity (and paternity) benefits and compensatory time-off when workloads get extreme or interfere with pre-arranged holidays.

29 October 2018

Khaitan & Co has promoted seven of its principal associates to non-equity partner level, though formally the firm has abolished the associate partner designation to help its young partners in brand-building and to externally present a more unified partnership.

07 September 2018

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas has relaxed its earlier controversial policy under which it could claw back up to three months’ remuneration from fee-earners, clarifying that only the difference between standard remuneration and “enhanced” remuneration over three months would be “returnable” (and only if lawyers join a rival law firm).

05 September 2018

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (SAM) has instituted a novel HR policy: fee-earners who leave the firm within the next seven months will have to repay the firm three months’ of their retainer fees.

06 August 2018

Law firms J Sagar Associates (JSA), Khaitan & Co, Trilegal, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas (CAM) and AZB & Partners (roughly in that order) were consistently ranked as the top 5 of big law firms in terms of “culture”, “leadership” and “rewards & recognition”, “satisfaction” and “pride”, according to a survey by legal recruitment and management consultant Vahura.

03 August 2018

Many Indian firms have been looking to do more of knowledge management (KM) for many years, with an eye on their foreign counterparts, but the immediate pressures of earning revenues and servicing clients often get in the way. At AZB & Partners, Bhavi Sanghvi, has now transitioned from corporate, M&A and private equity partner to full-time knowledge management, heading up its KM function for the past month-and-a-half.

02 May 2018

Economic Laws Practice (ELP) has added former Tata Power head of strategy and contracts Karishma Maniar as an associate director in its defense and aerospace practice, and former Delhi-based Khaitan & Co business development director Ashutosh Gupta as partner, strategy and planning.

10 April 2018

Legal technology consultant and (Cyril) Amarchand alumnus Eshan Sharma, has joined AZB & Partners on 2 April as its chief operating officer (COO).

21 March 2018

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) have been making inroads into nearly all walks of life. Much of what’s visible in the mainstream has been restricted to headline-dominating stunts such as Google’s DeepMind systems beating humans at ultra-complex board games like Go or Chess or the IBM Watson system besting champions of the TV game show Jeopardy (way back in 2011). There have been rapid improvements in self-driving car technology by several companies. And on the consumer software side, facial and photo recognition, real-time text, voice and image translation and other useful tools from the major tech giants often seem like magic, or at least eerily, almost-humanly intelligent.

14 March 2018

In a rare move from academia to the law firm world, Link Legal India Law Services has engaged former Delhi University’s Campus Law Centre faculty Solil Paul as chair - academics at the firm.

05 March 2018

A keen-eyed reader has brought to our notice that Fox & Mandal, Kolkata, has published an advertisement in the Kolkata-based Telegraph newspaper, stating that the venerable firm, “has no other branch in any part of the country”, especially not Fox Mandal:

27 February 2018

UK firm Travers Smith has introduced “That's not cool” as a phrase and hashtag that anyone at the law firm is intended to be able to use in response to anything that a colleague has said or done that makes them uncomfortable, reported The Lawyer (requires free registration to read).

14 February 2018

DSK Legal has hired former Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas director Padmini Rathore as its chief executive officer (CEO), in tandem to introducing a lot of internal changes targeting internal growth and a Bangalore office.

30 November 2017

Senior Indian law firm partners’ billing rates have increased by around 17% over two years to an average of $335 an hour (Rs 21,580 at current exchange rates) from $292 in 2015 (Rs 18,500 at exchange rates at that time), according to consultancy RSG India's latest research and its figures from 2015.

27 November 2017

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas has appointed another high-profile name to its internal “strategic advisory board”, with the part-time hire of former magic circle firm Allen & Overy’s senior partner David Morley.

30 August 2017

Link Legal India Law Services has hired the former senior partner and chairman of UK-headquartered firm Pinsent Masons, Martin Harman, as its “chair - international business”, according to a press release from the firm.

27 May 2017

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas (CAM) is closing its transaction support group (TSG), which was set up 2013 in Mumbai to explore providing volume-focused transactional support at lower rates on work such as due diligence and other commoditised advice, with its TSG head Ami Parikh joining AZB & Partners to start a TSG there.

02 May 2017

When we interviewed former J Sagar Associates (JSA) senior partner Berjis Desai last month about his new post-retirement life as a private lawyer, he said that one of the advantages with not being inside a law firm anymore, was that “one is freed from the world of conflict of interest - one is free to say what he wants, and speak what one wants.”

23 January 2017

Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan (LKS) has snapped up former Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas director for “strategy & special projects” Anish Tripathi as director of “GST and supply chain advisory services.

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