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 […]

Today, a working Saturday for the Bombay High Court, five Division Benches and one Single Bench of the Bombay High Court will not be “available for judicial work”. On September 8 this year, the Bombay High Court had declared September 13 to be a court holiday on account of Bakri-id. The same notification stated that November 19 would be a working Saturday in order to make up for lost judicial time. However, on September 16, this working Saturday was shifted from November 19 to today, October 1. But if the subsequent notifications are any indication, then it is unlikely that the judicial man-hours lost […]

The Delhi High Court’s Badar Durrez Ahmed and Ashutosh Kumar, JJ. has asked Amity Law School, Delhi to file an undertaking stating that the school would follow the relevant guidelines regarding the attendance requirement of students. More specifically, the guidelines laid down by Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University read with those made by the Bar Council of India. The case was brought to the court by an alumnus of the college, Divyadeep Chaturvedi against the allegedlly arbitrary implementation of the attendance rules. Chaturvedi had approached the courts in the wake of the suicide of Sushant Rohilla, a third year law student who had committed suicide […]

AZB & Partners has today promoted Harsh Maggon and Sugandha Asthana to partnership in Mumbai. The promotion is effective from October 1, 2016. Both Harsh and Sugandha are graduates of Symbiosis Law School. Harsh joined AZB from Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas this year. He spent about four years at Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, and has also worked at Economic Laws Practice, and DSK Legal. Sugandha joined AZB & Partner in 2014 after six years at J. Sagar Associates. Prior to JSA, she worked at ICICI Bank. The firm’s Delhi office recently made five partners – Aditya Singh Chandel, Agnik Bhattacharyya, Anindita Roy Chowdhury, Heena Singh and Roopali Singh. 

Differences of opinion between the President and the Secretary of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) have been brought into the public. Once again. In an episode bearing striking similarity to what took place earlier this year, the members of Executive Committee of SCBA have come out with two different resolutions. The present controversy follows yesterday’s meeting of the SCBA’s Executive Committee. The minutes of this meeting, signed by ten members, including President Dushyant Dave, states that Secretary Gaurav Bhatia became “aggressive” and “started shouting” once the meeting began. The minutes read, “The President called the meeting to order and as soon as it was called […]

Just when it seemed like the problems over elections to the Delhi High Court Bar Association were resolved, three matters related to the elections were heard by two different benches of the High Court today. Two of these matters were brought before Siddharth Mridul, J. The first was DHCBA Secretary Abhijat’s challenge to the reconstitution of the Election Commission by the trial court. Disposing the application, the High Court appointed Senior Advocate B.K. Sood as final member of the Election Commission. The bench reiterated that the constitution of the Election Commission was done with the express consent of the parties. The […]

Senior Advocate Fali Nariman has had a long standing association with the State of Karnataka as its go-to counsel. This, however, did not stop him from making it clear that his allegiance lies with the Supreme Court of India. Nariman, who has been representing the Karnataka government in the Cauvery water dispute, submitted two letters to the court today – one written by Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to Nariman and the other by Nariman to Siddaramaiah. The letter written by the Karnataka Chief Minister states that an all-party meeting held on September 28, he was exhorted, as the head of the […]

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 […]

The Bar Council of India has four weeks to respond to a PIL filed in the Bombay High Court over the BCI’s “revived” age limit for law courses. The matter was listed before Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and MS Sonak J today, with petitioner Yasmin Tavaria appearing in person. When the matter was called out, the BCI’s counsel Amit Sale said that he was yet to receive a copy of the petition. According to Yasmin, CJ Chellur then granted the BCI time to file a reply, while also stating that the BCI must file a detailed reply, clearly stating its position on the issue. As […]

The Delhi High Court today pronounced judgment in a batch of petitions challenging the result of the 2015 Delhi Higher Judiciary Preliminary Examination. A bench of Justices Pradeep Nandrajog and Pratibha Rani held that the answers to four questions in the exam were wrong. In December 2015, the High Court had invited applications to fill up 9 vacancies by direct recruitment to the Delhi Higher Judicial Service. The preliminary examination was conducted on April 3 of this year, wherein candidates were tested on 125 objective type questions. Five days after the exam, the High Court invited objections to the answer […]