IC Legal hires Nishith Desai’s SA; Sambhav Ranka becomes firm’s seventh Partner

Sambhav Ranka

Nishith Desai’s Senior Associate, Sambhav Ranka has joined IC Legal as the firm’s seventh partner, pushing the firm size up to 27 lawyers across the two offices in Fort and Andheri in Mumbai. Sambhav would be a part of IC Legal’s financial services team, which currently has three Partners.   

VERUS gets new Partner in Dua Associates’ Siddharth Bhavnani; Bhavnani to work out of Delhi office

Siddharth Bhavnani

VERUS Advocates has hired Siddharth Bhavnani as a Partner in the firm’s Delhi office with effect from October 1, 2014. Bhavnani had previously worked at Dua Associates’s Gurgaon office as a Manager, a firm he rejoined in 2013 following a two and a half year spell at Tatva Legal.

Jayalalitha’s bail application, appeal to be heard on Oct 7 after Justice Rathnakala adjourns matter

Karnataka High Court

In a rather anti-climatic turn of events, the vacation bench of the Karnataka High Court did not take up Jayalalitha’s appeals, preferring to adjourn the matter to next week. A regular bench of the High Court will hear the matter on October 7, once the court reopens.

Call for Papers: RGNUL's Student Law Journal (Submit by October 5, 2014)

RGNUL Student Law Review


The RGNUL Student Law Review is a bi-annual, student run, peer reviewed journal based at Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab. The theme for Volume 1 Issue 2 will focus on “Competition Law: Current Issues”


Articles are invited under the following categories: 

·         Articles (5,000 to 7,000 words) 

·         Case Comments  (3,000 to 4,000 words)

Jayalalitha’s Bail Application, Appeal to be heard tomorrow in Karnataka High Court

Karnataka High Court

After initially remanding the matter for next week, the Karnataka High Court will take up the former Chief Minister’s bail application and appeal tomorrow at 10:30 in the morning.

The matter was mentioned by Senior Advocate Ram Jethmalani before the Chief Justice DH Waghela today, following which a Bench was constituted to hear the matter tomorrow.

Amarchand, DSK Legal act on Strides Arcolab’s acquisition of Shasun Pharma

Strides Arcolab

Bangalore-based Strides Arcolab is set to buy drug maker, Shasun Pharmaceuticals in an all-stock transaction valued at about Rs.1, 200 crore ($221 million).

Amarchand Mangaldas and DSK Legal acted for both Strides Arcolab and Shasun Pharmaceuticals.

The Amarchand team was led by Managing Partner Cyril Shroff along with Bangalore Partners Nivedita Rao and Arjun Lall.

Clasis Law's Ishtiaq Ali, Damodar Rao form breakaway with Reliance Ambani GGC, Venkatarao Ponnada; Orbit Law Services opens offices in Bombay, Delhi

Ishtiaq Ali and Damodar Rao

Clasis Law Partners' Ishtiaq Ali and Damodara Rao have left the firm to set up ‘Orbit Law Services’ along with Venkatarao Ponnada, former Group General Counsel of Reliance Anil Ambani Group. The new firm has two other Partners – Delhi based litigation lawyer Saad Shervani, and Karuna Kumar, an employment and service lawyer based in Mumbai.

It is unfortunate that the NTT was formed in the first place - Arvind Datar on the National Tax Tribunal judgment

Arvind Datar

Last week, a five-judge Bench of the Supreme Court delivered a landmark judgment, holding that the National Tax Tribunal Act of 2005 (NTT Act) is ultra vires the Constitution.

The judgment is considered to be a huge victory for the Madras Bar Association, the petitioners in the case, as well as the lead counsel Senior Advocate Arvind Datar. The senior counsel has been arguing in the matter since 2006.

A Public Debate: The changing relationship between NLUs and Policy Formation

Law Schools

On track to accepting admissions from the next year onwards, the Maharashtra National Law University is the sixteenth institute of its kind in the country. Over the years NLUs have been setup across the length and breadth of the country, with varying degrees of success.


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