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01 June 2019

To some extent it’s understandable: for years, the Indian legal profession – particularly litigation – has been dominated by men, and most of the new law firms that rose in the nineties and noughties were headed by men. The (generally) male managing partners would often be busy trying to capture market share and executing the work; worrying about whether female lawyers were given the same opportunities as the men was for many an afterthought, if that.

30 April 2018

Samvad Partners has promoted counsel Aparna Ravi in Bangalore and Khyati Sanghvi in Mumbai to partner, increasing its partnership strength to 14.

22 May 2017

NLSIU Bangalore has rid itself of an age-old, unwritten, discriminatory rule that restricted female students’ use of the of law school’s football field. This small win for gender equality was also accompanied by the recent provision of subsidised menstrual pads on NLSIU’s campus.

08 March 2016

v1rvdkl4Uber Technologies general counsel (GC) Salle Yoo and Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas regional managing partner Pallavi Shroff reflected on their journey as women in the legal profession, at NLU Delhi on Thursday. NLUD was hosting a Townhall question and answer (Q&A) session titled UberDIALOGUES, on the launch of its annual three-day cultural fest Kairos.

11 August 2015

DK Aruna vs Union of India (WP (c) 512/2015) was dismissed by a three-Judge Bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI), HL Dattu on Friday, 7 August, after spirited arguments in the court for 15 minutes.

15 July 2015

Legally India research (Graphic by Subrata Jana / Livemint)The process of appointing senior advocates is broken and no one has bothered to fix it, until now.

24 June 2015

Two sides of same coin: Male and female, Yin and yangAnindita Mukherjee, the Nalsar Hyderabad graduate who successfully requested the university to issue her graduation certificate with the gender-neutral honourific Mx, rather than Mr or Ms, has explained her decision and the issues involved in a personal column on the website Orinam.

17 June 2015

BabyThe Supreme Court has announced that it will open a child care centre on 1 July at in chambers numbers 8 and 9 of the New Lawyers’ Chambers Building at Bhagwan Dass Road, which will be equipped with “child friendly furniture, utensils, toys and play materials and first aid kit”.

16 June 2015

Graphic by: Ahmad Raza Khan (Mint)Only 45.4% of national law school aspirants taking the Common Law Admission Test in 2015 were women, and only 37% scored in the top 500 ranks. Why?

04 June 2015

NLU Delhi campaigns against sexismLaw student Aarushi Mahajan wrote a powerful piece in NLU Delhi’s Independent Student Newspaper Glasnost about her and other women’s experiences on the campus of one of India’s top national law schools.

03 November 2014

LouboutinThis is a reminder for myself: a reminder that being aware of how I don’t want to be man-handled does not mean I am fussy, or hormonal, or (my favourite) “being such a girl”.

05 September 2014

Face of legal education: unequalJindal Global Law School (JGLS) Sonepat now has more women in its faculty than men, claiming to be a more gender-equal law school than any other.

16 June 2014

The Maharashtra government is dropping a provision in the Bombay Police Act 1951 that allowed dance performances in “exempted” establishments like three-star and five-star hotels but banned it elsewhere, and proposing to have a blanket ban on dance bars in the state, reversing the Supreme Court’s July 2013 ruling, reported the Express.

The Supreme Court had categorically told the state in its July ruling that the restrictions on dance bars in the Bombay Police Act were not reasonable under Article 14 of the Constitution, and that it would be better to bring about safety measures and improve working conditions for dance bar girls.

25 April 2014

Magic circle firm Clifford Chance has promoted four women and three men to its partnership in London after Linklaters did the same earlier this month for the first time.

Women still make up a minority of partners in UK firms but some firms, such as Herbert Smith Freehills, have recently introduced a 30 per cent female partner target by 2019 in a bid to address the imbalance (63 per cent of fresh recruits to UK law firms are women). [RollOnFriday] [HSF quota story: The Lawyer]

22 March 2014

... less and less the older they get...

Research by UK-headquartered international firm Eversheds, after interviewing 1,800 young lawyers to shed light on the 'future leaders' of the legal profession, revealed that female lawyers earned on average 30 per cent more than their male counterparts when aged 25 or younger, but earned 11% less on average when older, increasing to a 25% pay gap compared to men in their mid-30s. [The Guardian] [The Lawyer]