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13 March 2018

The Supreme Court has today, very softly in paragraph 35 out of 46 in its judgment that allowed foreign lawyers limited rights to fly-into India, opened the door to third-party litigation funding.

24 March 2015

IndependenceBeing an independent litigator or founder of a firm, in the bubble of the bar, is a pretty big deal. Most who start in litigation, often only on nominal remuneration (if any) doled out by well-paid senior lawyers, dream of the day they can finally set up their own shop.

09 April 2012

LI and Mint, together every fortnightIn today’s edition of Mint: A litigious culture does not handicap economic growth, fresh research shows, debunking the widely held view that a high litigation rate creates an environment hostile for business and slows decision-making.

05 June 2011

image Indian lawyers will be able to practice in all courts and tribunals across India irrespective of which bar council they are enrolled in, after law minister Veerappa Moily said he would notify long-pending section 30 of the Advocates Act 1961.

04 April 2011

The Law Ministry’s Rs 4,000 crore-expenditure on court computerisation is set to make lower court orders and judgements available at the click of the mouse as government proposes an IAS-like judicial cadre to plug judicial delays along with a host of other reforms.

02 March 2011

rupees-stack Exclusive: Law firms’ litigation associates could find themselves liable to have to charge service tax to their law firms and account for it to the Revenue under the Budget’s new service tax rules that apply to individuals representing businesses in courts or tribunals.

29 November 2010

Latest Legal JobsFind and directly apply for the latest junior, mid-level and senior positions at Indian corporate and litigation law firms. And new for students: apply directly for internships.

05 September 2010
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01 June 2010

Amarchand-Delhi-office-highAmarchand Mangaldas' Delhi office has promoted principal associates Prashant Gupta and Tejas Karia to its partnership, with Gupta being the firm's first full-time capital markets partner outside of Mumbai and Bangalore, while Mumbai has made up principal associate Vandana Pai Bharucha.

08 March 2010

venus-symbol-fist-stencil-by-200MoreMontrealStencils"Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult." The old saying that can be illustrative in the career success stories of many women, and perhaps few places more so than of female lawyers at the Bar.

25 February 2010

Hariani_Co-Rahul_Kothari"Chalta Rahe, Chalta Rahe" - a catchy slogan by a popular television commercial using a court as a setting, advertises the long-lasting ability of its plywood to take a repeated battering of the Judge's gavel as the same matter goes on and on in a court for years on end. It is uncanny how this black humour which is much suited to television can make one smirk but in a real court room can bring a litigant to tears.

10 February 2010

chennai_beach_th2Surana & Surana head consultant litigation M L Joseph has set up the law firm Chennai Law Associates to focus on contentious and intellectual property matters.

17 December 2009

Vidhii-Partners-Manish_Desai-and-Sowjanya-MenonCoinciding with Paras Kuhad Associates' demerger from Hemant Sahai Associates, Paras Kuhad spin-off firm Vidhii Partners has merged with Bangalore firm Harsha & Co, acquired Mumbai office space and is training its sights on creating a pan-Indian litigation firm.

15 September 2009

delhi_high_courtSeth Dua & Associates has hired a senior associate from arbitration specialists Kachwaha & Partners, continuing to grow its contentious practice.

08 September 2009

Law-Minister-Veerappa-Moily_thumbThe Government will set up specialised high-value commercial courts in the large metros, Law Minister Veerappa Moily said today.

24 July 2009

NUJS_Kolkata_thAn LLB student has mounted a successful legal challenge after an unexpected doubling of tuition fees at NUJS Kolkata, which has provoked widespread complaints from the student body.

08 June 2009

India needs to enhance its arbitration offerings and overhaul its courts’ processes to give its backlog of cases any chance of closure before the year 3000.

bombay-high-courtA trip to the neo-Gothic ­Bombay High Court is an entertaining experience that should be on every visiting lawyer’s travel itinerary. Once past the sandbagged machine gun emplacements outside, loosen your tie and spend a few hours wandering about open-air corridors between throngs of locals, hundreds of offices with unfathomable purposes and court rooms filled beyond bursting point.

Also spare a thought for the unfortunate litigants, who will most likely not find the experience as enjoyable.

The running joke in India goes that, if you litigate here, your sons and daughters will inherit your dispute.

26 May 2009

nokia-siemens-networksAmarchand is battling on in Punjab & Haryana for telecommunications company Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) in its attempts to sue state-owned telecoms operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) over a Rs 30,000 crore ($6bn) contract.

Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co litigation partner Ritu Bhalla is leading the NSN team, which has today filed another petition against BSNL with the Chandigarh High Court in Punjab & Haryana.