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The patriarch

Luthra and Luthra founder Rajiv Luthra gets candid on the recent departures of his senior partners and his strategy for the firm’s recovery

Perverted priorities

CERT-In has shown more interest in collecting data and imposing restrictions on businesses than warding off cyber-attacks, write Software Freedom Law Centre’s Mishi Choudhary

Price of protection

India’s data protection plans broadside invested companies

Don’t ignore CCI’s teeth

Former chair Dhanendra Kumar comments on CCI’s new assertive avatar

Overstepping the mark

The requirement to submit a test licence in the drugs and cosmetics rules goes beyond the ambit of the Parent Act, and is a hindrance to R&D for pharma companies, writes Syngene International's Shreekanth Katti

Hot seat

Parties should clearly specify the seat of arbitration as this can be a hotbed of contention when international disputes emerge, writes Tata Capital’s Rohan Thacker

E-smoke & mirrors?

By Lalit Bhasin
The existence of differing treatments for tobacco cigarettes and their electronic counterparts is unconstitutional and illogical, writes Lalit Bhasin

Game not over

A spate of high-stakes legal victories means the fantasy sports format is here to stay, but there is still much to be done to stabilise the industry, writes Amol Apte at Dream11

NFTs: would Vincent have approved?

Eros Digital’s GC delves into the latest investing fad, NFTs, which have reignited the debate on the creator’s right to resale

The rebuild

The IP division at Delhi High Court may be a harbinger of a new era, but India would do well to look further afield for examples of best-practice IP dispute resolution, argues KS Kardam, former senior joint controller of patents and designs at the Indian Patent Office

Putting zip in your Zoom

Communications specialist John Miers offers practical guidance for engaging positively with your virtual audience

Mood indigo

By Pallavi Shroff, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Soli Sorabjee was equally passionate about the law and jazz, but the latter harnessed his spirit

Getting what’s rightfully due

As important members of the legal profession, general counsel should be recognised by reviewing The Advocates Act and be supported by a regulatory body, write Akhil Prasad and Sanjeev Gemawat

Businesses behaving badly

With a rise in corporate misdeeds, the courts and the parliament are responding by necessity to the definition and treatment of executive liability in India, writes Vikramaditya Khanna

Policy tweak

The Draft Data Centre Policy 2020 is much needed for the digital economy, but could benefit from single window clearance, economic incentives and protections against misuse of data

Reach for the sky

Blue skies await aviation sector once it flies past the current turbulence

Reimagining INTA

The CEO of the International Trademark Association, Etienne Sanz de Acedo, talks to India Business Law Journal about his reinvention of the global flagship INTA Annual Meeting event with a bold move to the virtual sphere in this pandemic year

A metamorphosis

The disruptive effects of the pandemic have prompted in-house counsel to evolve or be rendered irrelevant

The courts fight back

In a very short span of time India’s courts have adapted to working during the pandemic, and the lessons learned during this time will be used to increase efficiency and productivity of the judicial system

Pulling the plug

In the aftermath of the TikTok ban Mishi Choudhary, the founder of Software Freedom Law Centre (India), says the government must enact pro-privacy legislation that protects private data from tech companies, regardless of their origin

Moving past the pandemic

The pandemic has thrown up challenges for maintaining productivity, honouring contracts and keeping workers employed

‘E’ sign of the times

With COVID-19, the silver lining for the legal community will be a greater adoption of e-contracts

Dealing with delays at the IPO

The Patent Office making exceptions for delays to applications due to COVID-19 is welcome, but it should adopt more applicant-friendly policies for other cases too

The risk-reward conundrum

A GC’s ability to play a lawyer-guardian type role in a company is critical

India in 2020: Tackling sexual harassment 

The legislature has cast a liability on the employer to combat sexual harassment in the workplace

India in 2020: Relief in sight from data protection bill?

The report on the revised bill is is being eagerly awaited by the industry

India in 2020: Digital transformation is key for GCs

Technology to be the buzzword at all GC discussion platforms in 2020

India in 2020: Easing restrictions on foreign investment

The surge in FDI will result in a boost for employment and the economy

Take the chains off business

Recent moves to decriminalize violations of corporate and tax law are welcome

Lose the legalese please

Many lawyers overlook the usefulness of effective writing

Innovative play in the sandbox

Insurance regulators need to adopt a flexible approach to startups

A legal legacy

Outgoing GC says governance reforms afoot at ADB

Risky proposition

The role of an independent director is an unenviable one, argues Nitin Mittal

Building trust

RERA has introduced accountability to the real estate sector but loopholes remain

Caught up in courts

It will take a lot more than commercial courts and mandatory mediation to unclog the legal system

Why we need an AI code of ethics

As artificial intelligence is now a reality, where is the fine ethical line between us and it?

Tipping point

Lord Goldsmith launches attack on changes to India’s proposed 2018 Arbitration Bill

India in 2019

In-house counsel foretell the risks and opportunities in the pharma, data privacy and e-commerce sectors

Keeping women safe at work

A zero-tolerance culture and a strong internal complaints committee are key to addressing sexual harassment, writes Harshitha Thammaiah, general counsel at Xiaomi Technology India

Playing catch-up with technology

Laws should protect customers while not limiting their access to financial services, writes Shivli Katyayan, general counsel of Policybazaar & Group Companies

Training for a better tomorrow

Why Indian lawyers may not be competitive internationally, writes Ojasvita Srivastava, founder of Project Abhimanyu

Legislation for the ‘new gold’

The draft data protection bill appears to encourage protectionism, writes Srinjoy Banerjee, assistant vice president and legal counsel at Genpact

Why fear virtual currencies?

We must adapt to virtual currencies like we adapted to past disruptions, writes Akhil Prasad at Boeing

Fake news: A real problem

Fake news and the challenge for traditional media, writes Dibyojyoti Mainak, general counsel at InShorts

Keeping world order

Interview with the UN’s top lawyer

Building your firm’s brand

A robust marketing strategy can distinguish a law firm from the competition, writes Aman Abbas of Commwiser Consultants

Investing with a conscience

A combination of will and a code of practice are necessary for the success of ethical investing, writes PM Devaiah

India in 2018

In-house counsel predictions for the year ahead

Finding a match

Zeroing in on the right kind of external counsel requires time and a great deal of savvy, writes Kiran Radhakrishnan, legal counsel at Diversey

Bumpy road to a green transport plan

The government’s push to adopt higher emission standards and later switch to electric vehicles creates practical challenges, writes Girish Gadgil of Mahindra & Mahindra

Spice management for restaurant partners

When a restaurant-franchise relationship becomes heated, ending an agreement must be a last resort, writes Vinod Mahboobani, the general counsel at KFC and Pizza Hut

General counsel: The silent force

GCs’ contributions can’t be measured in numbers but they enable a company to achieve its aims, writes Nitin Mittal, the head of legal and company secretary at Philips Lighting, India

Still stalking?

India heads at international law firms say they have not waivered in their commitment to India

Invisible innovators

We need a global patent system that protects grassroots inventors and ensures inclusive growth

A woman’s worth

Outdated beliefs about the abilities, roles and behaviour of India's women lawyers must be dismantled, argues Parveen Mahtani, the head of legal at Tata Housing Development.

Ease of doing business: myth or battle cry?

PM Devaiah argues that centre-state differences undermine efforts to present India as a favourable commercial destination

India in 2017

What lies in store for business and law in India in the year ahead?

Real estate act needs more work

Some basic issues are yet to be adequately addressed

Am I an in-house non-practising advocate?

In-house counsel deserve recognition for non-litigation legal work

Seeing eye to eye

Nikhil Patel examines the role of trust and cultural perception in the game of negotiation

Burned by the branding ban

Idil Yasa argues for an open debate at India's anti-tobacco summit to protect businesses from extreme and ineffective regulation

Resisting the winds of change

India's legal profession is insecure?

A powerful tool

Writ petitions have radically influenced the administration of intellectual property rights in India

Taking the reins

In-house lawyers have the talent, knowledge and aptitude to become CEOs

Digital dreams

The evolution of paperless courts offers benefits

Decoding the bankruptcy code

Proposed changes to the insolvency regime will boost credit markets and entrepreneurship

India in 2016

Five legal specialists share their forecasts for the next 12 months

A password to India

Aadhaar stands to revolutionize information security with biometric identification, writes Marcello Antonucci

Culture shock

Doing business in India can throw out cultural curve balls, even for those with roots in the country, writes Satjeet Sahota

Spanner in the works

Negligence in patent working disclosure norms is damaging the interests of innovators

Criminalizing civil disputes

Questionable litigation strategies are tearing at the fabric of India’s justice delivery apparatus

Survive and prosper

Can Indian law firms remain independent and retain quality clients after foreign law firms enter

A view from the south

Mysore Prasanna reflects on a changed Bangalore, the pursuit of learning and the realities of investing in India

Call waiting

iVoice Ventures has faith in India’s intellectual property regime despite its lingering trademark battle against Apple

Blurred lines

Kalpana Tyagi calls for a new approach to tackling competition law challenges

Road map for reform

Lalit Bhasin, the president of the Society of Indian Law Firms, explains why he now supports the phased entry of foreign law firms

India in 2015

Six prominent figures from India’s in-house community share their views on the legal developments that will shape domestic and international business in the year ahead

Dynamic dynasties

Family-run businesses are shedding their traditional ways in favour of a more professional approach

A long way to go

The protection and enforcement of geographical indications is still a key challenge in India

Better together

Veta Richardson, the president of the Association of Corporate Counsel, calls for greater collaboration among in-house lawyers

Abdicating responsibility?

More needs to be done to groom young lawyers before they take on in-house and transactional roles

Time for self-assessment

How can in-house counsel evaluate whether they are fulfilling their role as business leaders

Back to school

Corporate law firms have raised demands regarding legal education

A step towards balanced leadership?

First-time women directors will bring diversity and a fresh point of view to India Inc

A narrow interpretation

Delhi High Court has violated the spirit of judicial non-intervention and curbed the powers of arbitral tribunals in a recent judgment

A case for reform

Progressive and pragmatic regulations and quick regulatory action are the need of the hour

India in 2014

In-house lawyers from nine companies and a senior advocate foretell the challenges and opportunities that lie in store for India-focused general counsel

Rising to the challenge

Indian LPO providers need to change their ways to maintain their position in the evolving legal market

Removing the shackles

The Bar Council of India should recognize that advertising and online technology may be used as a weapon for good

Taxation blues

Ambiguities and inconsistencies make effective tax planning impossible

Supply in demand

The government must protect the weakest links of the supply chain instead of relying on foreign and domestic ‘big-wigs’ to do so

Falling short

Regulatory inadequacies are holding back India’s drugs industry

A continent awakening

Africa is a land not to be ignored, particularly by Indian companies that know how to thrive in chaos

Much ado about nothing?

The Novartis decision had less to do with an allegedly alien patent standard and more to do with the specific facts of the case

Enlightened leadership

Lawyers are ignoring the spirituality and humanity of their profession in exchange for what they may mistake as advancement

A higher calling

Shwetasree Majumdar tells of how she took a month away from her day job to advise on updating India’s rape laws

India in 2013

Legal practitioners and in-house counsel share their predictions and concerns for India’s future

Philosophy of a profession

Gandhi the lawyer offers lessons about service

To boldly go

Indian law firms should take the reins and dictate the growth of their legal service offerings overseas

A burst of creativity

The future lies in innovation, people power and the knowledge economy, argues Raman Roy

A symbiotic relationship

The successes and failures of the LPO industry and its clients are increasingly intertwined

India in 2012

Business and legal professionals share their forecasts for the coming year

Contemporary Marco Polos

India’s economic buoyancy stretches far beyond the realm of the country’s family-owned business empires

Opportunities beckon

Latin America offers unprecedented opportunities for Indian businesses to explore

Changing a mindset

Marketing runs through everything that a law firm does and is not just about creating a new brochure or a fancy logo

The development dichotomy

The Supreme Court has weighed in on the debate over the egality of India’s economic growth

Raising the bar

Company directors must do more than simply ‘tick boxes’ if they are to raise the standard of corporate governance in India

Welcome improvements

Upgrades to India’s IP regime are alleviating some of the concerns of rights owners, says Mark Robertson of Hilton Worldwide

What has gone wrong with arbitration?

Sidharth Sharma of Tata argues that it has become a clone of the system it intended to replace

Delays ahead?

Inadequate expertise in the legal profession may create roadblocks in the infrastructure sector

India in 2011

Business and legal professionals share their hopes and fears for the year ahead

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