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The Central Government, vide 344 notifications dated March 10, 2016 had banned the sale, manufacture and distribution of 344 fixed dose combination drugs (“FDCs”) on the ground that these FDCs lacked therapeutic rationality or justification. The ban had enormous impact on...
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Dear Reader, The Sick Industrial Companies (Special Provision)Repeal Act, 2003 (“SICA Repeal Act”) has been notified by the Central Government on November 25, 2016 and the Government has chosen December 1, 2016 as the date on which provisions of the aforementioned...
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They say if you want to die of poverty, struggling to make ends meet, with no money and even less of a reputation, then choose your profession wisely because there are very few professions which can make you into an irritating,...
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It happens with almost all law students (taking in general not for them who have preset goals). A time comes when you get confused about where to go (I am not talking about places because that we very evidently know). Now...
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"Don't try to become someone; instead try doing something", says Fali S. Nariman in his autobiography and these words have had a profound impact on me. In January 2009 I realized that the Fifth Year was at its fag end, and...
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After giving me gyaan about the struggles involved in litigation my SIR takes me to the Co-operative tribunal. Reminiscing my sir says law has become a coveted option for your generation, we saw the real fight. I smile trying to weigh...
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I was recently in Delhi for a negotiation. A hopeless exercise that corporate lawyers indulge in to fight over meaningless commas and paragraphs. The word negotiation is useful only when casually told to impress muggles. Anand was a dear friend from...
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I decided to get a real taste of courts this time and therefore decided to intern in a litigation firm. The National Law Universities after all were established with the aim of increasing the level of the ‘BAR’.I get off...
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Scene: A hard-fought, electrifying, marathon litigation bout with drummers playing to the full volume to add to the drama.  The drummers stop when mediation begins. The litigators too are disappointed. And well, a request: When ‘tak da gidh da, tak da...
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Moot Court Just the phrase will make heads turn in a law school. Anyone and everyone who moots is to be treated like a superstar. It fascinates first years. No doubt. When I started off with law school, I also...
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Note: This is a very rambly account of my very first impressions interning at a large law firm. It is amateurish, shortsighted and somewhat one-sided, but I post it anyway because I know many of my friends and classmates experience the same first...
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I am seriously considering a career change. Not to worry, I’m not writing a book and this is not a decision made on a mere whim. The idea dawned on me today while speaking on the phone to my cousin who is a real live practitioner of dark legal arts in Indian trial courts and High Courts. He sold me the idea really. 

As an interesting aside, my cousin’s side of the family had to change their last name for numerological reasons.

Excerpts from our conversation wherein my cousin is extolling the virtues of a career in litigation:

“In law firms, you can’t quite experience the unique and delightful smell of the trial courts. Once you’ve smelled that, it calls out to you wherever you may go.”

“It’s like mooting in real life, with sillier party names.”

“People have great respect for those wearing black gowns, especially in summer.”

“Patience is a virtue. Litigation will teach you exactly what that means.”

“Your physical fitness shall improve while running from one court room to the other.”

“Even your boxing, ducking and weaving skills will improve during our fun-filled boycotts.”
(Further to the above)

“When you litigate, you can perfect what you started as a trainee solicitor- looking intelligent without a clue of what’s going on.”

“By your 55th birthday, you will have enough money to launder your jock-strap in London every week.”

“You can always pass your briefs to juniors. Sometimes even seniors will take them without hesitation.”
(Further to the above?)

“You make many lifelong friends along the way- the clerk, the juice wallah, the photocopy guy and so forth.”
 

“Court food is delicious, wholesome and all claims made re: food poisoning are patently false.”

“Even a slight British accent will ensure that you are designated a Senior Advocate at some point”.


“No, my daddy will not give you a car. I am his son.”

“Facial hair is tolerated in courts and even encouraged. In this matter, the system offers equal opportunity to both sexes.”

I walk into the office determined to let boss know of my decision and inform him how he cannot do a thing to change my mind. On my way up, I bump into Katie, the graduate recruitment officer. She smiles that perfect smile and flutters her eyelashes. Simultaneously. 

I suppose remaining at Colby, Hewitt and Richards LLP for a little while longer can harm no one. What’s all this fuss about litigators anyway?
 


(Further reading: :http://www.legallyindia.com/746-comfortably-numb)

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