The Supreme Court recently struck down the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) Telecom Consumers Protection (Ninth Amendment) Regulations, 2015, which prescribed penalties for call drops on telecom operators. The apex court brought up a number of issues, including the competence of TRAI to pass these Regulations, and the manifest arbitrariness of the amendment. It was also made clear that the regulator had failed to fulfill its mandate under the TRAI Act, which is to balance the interests of the consumers and the Telcos. Yesterday, Bar & Bench conducted a live Twitter Q&A with Rajeev Chandrasekhar, founder of BPL Mobile […]

In the second part of the interview (Read Part 1 here), senior counsel Phiroza Anklesaria talks about what happened to her after she left Little & Co, a foreign degree in hand but with no job at hand. A foreign LLM in her hand, no job and “seventy rupees in my bank account”. Although Meru Aunty offered her house to stay, Phiroza declined. Instead, she ended up as a paying guest to one Mrs. Clarke. “She was a wonderful woman, and used to run a canteen at Liberty cinema. A first rate human person who knew how to deal with […]

This week, prospective law students from across the country got to know where they stand in this year’s Common Law Admission Test (CLAT). Viraj Ananth from Bangalore topped the exam on his first attempt, with a score of 174.5. It has come to light that many of the candidates, especially those who secured the top 10 ranks, cracked the exam on their second attempt. And their stories will serve as inspiration for those who have failed to make it to an NLU this year. Many of them were mentored by CLAT coaching expert Rajneesh Singh. We caught up with three […]

She does not look like it. She simply does not. You would be forgiven for mistaking Phiroza Dhanjishaw Anklesaria as a gentle old lady, demure and happy to trundle along the path of the orthodox. You would be completely wrong. Designated in 1999, Phiroza is one of a handful of women senior advocates practicing in the Bombay High Court. But that is not the only interesting thing about her. For her life’s story is a tale that begs to be told. There are ups and there are downs, and there are fights, scraps if you will. Plenty of scraps. And […]

Varun Chauhan is a 2015 graduate of the Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar. At the recently held graduation ceremony, Chauhan was awarded six gold medals. In this interview with Bar & Bench’s Shreya Vajpeyi, Chauhan talks about his journey as a law student, and what prompted him to pursue an MSc in Finance and Law from Oxford. Bar & Bench: Six gold medals. There must have been some proud moments during the convocation? Varun Chauhan: There definitely were many happy moments throughout the convocation. At the outset, it was really heartening to meet all my batch-mates, faculty, Director, administrative staff and junior friends. […]

Having set up a flourishing sports law practice in Bangalore, Nandan Kamath is an Indian Jerry Maguire of sorts. A graduate of the National Law School of India University, Kamath has a fairly illustrious academic track record. He did his B.CL from Oxford University after receiving a Rhodes scholarship. He then went on to pursue an LL.M. from Harvard University, before returning to set up the Law Offices of Nandan Kamath in 2006.  In this interview with Bar & Bench’s Aditya AK, Kamath talks about following his dream of being associated with sport, what it takes to be a successful […]

Paulette Brown, president of the American Bar Association, is a Partner and co-chair of the firm-wide Diversity & Inclusion 360 Commission at Locke Lord LLP. She is also a member of the firm’s labor & employment practice group. Earlier this year, Paulette Brown was in India for the SILF-ABA second edition of India-US Cross Border Investment Forum in Delhi, where she also met Law Minister DV Sadananda Gowda and the members of the Bar Council of India to discuss the issue of liberalisation. In this interview with Bar & Bench’s Pallavi Saluja, Paulette Brown shares her views on liberalisation of Indian legal […]

Jayant Bhushan started his practice in the year 1986. He was designated Senior Advocate by the Delhi High Court in 2003 and currently practices in both the Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court of India. In this interview with Bar & Bench’s Murali Krishnan, Bhushan talks about why he chose law despite clearing IIT, his views on the state of legal profession, and his take on other issues concerning the Bar. Murali Krishnan: You grew up in an atmosphere of law. Was law an automatic choice? Jayant Bhushan: Law was not an automatic choice. I think I decided [to […]

The ninth day of May last year saw the end of an era – the country’s biggest law firm, Amarchand Mangaldas Suresh A. Shroff, was dissolved. The dissolution marked the end of the family feud between brothers Shardul Shroff and Cyril Shroff following the death of their mother, Bharati Shroff. The country’s largest law firm was now replaced with two, new firms – Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas and Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co. Naturally, this was followed by significant churn in the law firm market; not only were there a number of aggressive hires but a complete restructuring of firm management as well. […]

The ninth day of May last year saw the end of an era; the country’s biggest law firm, Amarchand Mangaldas Suresh A. Shroff, was dissolved. The dissolution marked the end of the family feud between brothers Shardul Shroff and Cyril Shroff, following the demise of their mother, Bharati Shroff. What was once the country’s largest law firm has now been replaced with two new firms – Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co and Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas. Naturally, this was followed by a significant churn in the law firm market; not only were there a number of aggressive hires, but also a complete restructuring of […]