In the second of a six-part series (read Part 1 here), the former Advocate General of Maharashtra sits down with Bar & Bench’s Associate Editor Anuj Agrawal, and speaks his mind. This time around it is about the status of women in the legal profession. [Continued] Anuj Agrawal: So how do you change? Shreehari Aney: You cannot change certain things which are almost built into the society. You cannot teach people to be polite to women – that has to be part of your breeding. You either have it, or you do not. But if I am in a courtroom where […]

The Global Initiative for Access to Justice recently released the Access to Justice Index 2016. The Index, which found mention at the World Economic Forum, was the brainchild of NLSIU graduate Basavanagouda Patil. The Index attempts to quantify the level of access to justice in the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), based on various parameters like Government, Judiciary, Legal Profession and Legal Education. Among other findings, India was ranked second after South Africa overall, and was ranked last under the Legal Profession head. Bar & Bench’s Aditya AK caught up with Basavanagouda and Chief Editior […]

He can be brutally honest, can senior counsel Shreehari Aney. Which is perhaps one of the reasons why his interviews (Part 1 and Part 2) on Bar & Bench garnered the number of views it did. That interview did touch upon a few topics that, in an ideal world, should have been dealt with in greater detail. Which is how the Breakfast with Aney idea came about: an honest discussion on topics that are crying for attention, from someone who has seen the legal profession up close. In the first of a six-part series, the former Advocate General of Maharashtra sits down with Bar […]

Senior Advocate Rupinder Singh Suri has been in the profession for four decades. Suri served as the Standing Counsel for Punjab in Supreme Court during the times of Sikh militancy. Suri was also the President of the Advocates-on-Record Association. In this interview with Bar & Bench’s Murali Krishnan, Suri talks about the ‘Punjab problem’, his views on one-upmanship among judges and why the senior members of the Bar should train young lawyers. Bar & Bench: Why did you take up Law? RS: Law was not a ‘first option’. It happened because I had the least objection to it. When I […]

This year, along with AZB’s Ashwath Rau, Aakash Choubey of Khaitan & Co has made it to the Economic Times Hottest Business Leaders under 40. A law graduate from the National Law Institute University, Bhopal, Aakash joined Khaitan & Co in 2004, when the firm was still building its footprint in Mumbai. Recounting those days, Aakash says that their team was barely 15-lawyer strong at that time. “[The firm] was either unknown in the Mumbai market or was viewed as an Eastern India firm (as against much established Mumbai firms). Getting both top clients and good resumes were challenging. Forming a […]

Ashwath Rau has made it to the Economic Times Hottest Business Leaders Under 40 list. He is pleased to receive the award and says, “It feels good to be recognized.” A law graduate from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore, Ashwath started his career at Amarchand Mangaldas in 1999. In 2006, he was made a partner at the firm. For Rau, who has been involved in some of the biggest transactions in the country, making partner was simply a matter of time. Recently, he left Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas to join AZB & Partners. It was a decision he made after […]

In the second part of the interview with Senior Advocate Yatin Oza, we take a look at his political career, his relationship with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the reason he refused to rejoin the BJP and more. But first, he gives us a glimpse of how elections work at the Gujarat Bar. “You will be surprised that elections in Gujarat happen very differently from the rest of the country. In other states, people spend lakhs and crores to become Bar President. But here, if you spend money, you are bound to lose! The only thing I spend is on the […]

Yatin Oza, a Senior Advocate of the Gujarat High Court was recently exonerated by the Supreme Court on contempt charges after the letters he sent to Chief Justice of India TS Thakur. Oza had criticised High Court judges MR Shah and KS Jhaveri JJ. as “owing allegiance to 11, Akbar Road and 7, Race Course Road” and made other adverse comments against the High Court. A couple of weeks later, Oza met with Bar & Bench’s Aditya AK to discuss the issue of transparency in judicial appointments, his career as a lawyer and politician, his relationship with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and […]

Raju Moray has the skills of a storyteller, with plenty of anecdotes to share about the legal profession throughout his 30-year career. The Government Law College graduate also has a Master’s in English literature, and a diploma in journalism to boot. He also happens to be the counsel for the petitioners in the Haji Ali verdict delivered by the Bombay High Court. In this interview with Bar & Bench’s Nitish Kashyap, he shares his experiences as a lawyer, and the importance of pro bono work. Nitish Kashyap: Why the Master’s in literature? Raju Moray: The purpose of doing a masters degree was to […]

Last week, Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw of the Delhi High Court pronounced judgment in the copyright infringement case filed by international publishers against Rameshwari Photocopy Services, situated in the North Campus of Delhi University. Dismissing the four year old suit, Justice Endlaw held that “copyright, specially in literary works, is not an inevitable, divine or natural right conferred on an author”. The Court went on to say that the copyright law is intended to increase, and not impede knowledge. Bar & Bench’s Nalini Sharma spoke to Advocate Rajesh Yadav, the counsel for Rameshwari Photocopy Services, about the landmark judgment and how he managed to […]