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Under editorial review.

Due to the recent division of the firm into two separate firms under the stewardship of Cyril and Shardul Shroff respectively, we will be reviewing each independent firm over the course of this year. A clear and settled editorial posting shall be made in due course. 
Bharucha & Partners Clear, transparent and highly approachable management.

The firm's partners are known to be brutally honest with their criticism as well as being supportive for positive reinforcement. Over the years, the firm's client satisfaction ratings have been exceptionally high, due to its flawless billing and reporting systems. The firm is also known to be meticulous in protecting client confidentiality and filing all communication in an extremely search friendly manner.
JSA Professional work environment, which is governed by rules and regulations which are strictly enforced.

The firm famously has a no-relative rule which has been in operation from the time Jyoti left Remfry & Sagar to form JSA. The firm is also one of the few firms that has implemented a retirement system for its Senior Partners, a testament to which has been the retirement of Jyoti and the nearing retirement of Berjis Desai, the former Managing Partner. The firm also has an impressive internship and recruitment system, which has been constructed to include a great blend of automation and Partner/Committee interjection.
Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan A firm that believes in nurturing its talent and retaining them through effective management techniques.

The firm has developed itself into one of the country's top 10 firms in terms of manpower. While the firm's management has traditionally been based upon trust and loyalty, the firm has adapted to the changing times and developed multiple departments that are currently helping the firm in its growth. The firm has a specialist HR department along with Partners who have been given administrative responsibilities in a bid to ensure effective management. Their management is also credited with numerous successful office expansions, most famously in Geneva.
Nishith Desai A firm that prides itself for being 'Research' oriented and manages its affairs in the same spirit.

Nishith Desai's firm has been often cited as a case study in firm management by Indian and International experts. Nishith takes a keen interest in the firm's management and is one of the foremost propagators of research based advice in the country. The firm has a dedicated research department that regularly churns out knowledge pieces for the firm both for the purpose of dissemination as well as to aid its attorneys in their legal work. With offices in Singapore, Munich and Palo Alto, the firm has developed a fantastic reputation for being one of India's very few multinational firms.
Phoenix Legal Tremendous work ethic, backed by a team of partners that steer the firm without the need of a Managing Partner.

Phoenix Legal is one of the few firms that operate without a Managing Partner. It believes in providing its clients with complete partner support and perhaps has one of the higher Partner hours per mandate in the country. This is of course finely balanced with a robust expense and billing system that ensures that clients continue to receive cost effective advisory. The firm has recently opened a new Chennai office in addition to its Mumbai and Delhi offices. In terms of attorney growth and rewards, the firm has clear career path and expectations communicated to its attorneys in black and white, which allows for each attorney to be assessed on tangible criteria.
PSA An Indian firm with western ideals, especially in terms of its service delivery and internal management.

The firm's Managing Partner, Priti Suri brings with her the experience of working with American and French law firms, which strongly influences the management of the firm. The firm is highly clued in on client sensitivities and has strict systems and processes in place for preserving client confidentiality. They also invest heavily in attorney development through structured and firm driven CLE initiatives. It is one of the few firms that have been able to successfully maintain a small close knit team that, through effective time and work management processes, is able to ensure that each matter receives Managing Partner time in the best interest of the client.
S&R Associates Remarkably continuing on an operational structure envisaged by its founders at inception.

S&R Associates is one of India's most highly regarded law firms in terms of its ability to tackle the most complex transactions. The firm started off as a capital market boutique firm and with the economic slowdown, adapted and added corporate, M&A and Investment related work into its areas of expertize. It's expertize is admittedly created by hiring the brightest lawyers in the country and rewarding them with some of the industry's highest pay packets to promote retention. The firm follows the quality over quantity approach and has created a niche for themselves in attracting premium work. A pure equity system encourages the firm's associates by giving them an opportunity to become an equal part of the firm.
TALWAR THAKORE & ASSOCIATES Highly benefited by its association with Linklaters and an adoption of many of its management systems.

The firm has been recognized as one of India's most professional firms, which is believed to be one of the key reasons for Linklaters to choose TTA as its Indian best friend. The firm has over the years adopted many key managerial processes propagated by Linklaters, especially its Lockstep Partnership structure. The firm maintains a small yet technically competent team, which receives the advantage of secondment opportunities at Linklater offices worldwide for both technical and managerial learning.
Trilegal No Managing Partner concept that works on the committee model.

The all-equity model of the firm has been developed after extensive deliberations and inputs from erstwhile best friend Allen & Overy. The firm is known to have devised Partner committees that work as decision makers for most of the firm's operational requirements. The firm is also a firm believer in professional support functions and has support teams in the areas of Business Development, Finance, Human Resources, Client Relationship Management and Knowledge Management.


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