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So far, Trilegal seems to be the only firm among the top Indian law firms to have given increments to all levels of lawyers this year.
Trilegal has paid out annual performance-based retainers and increments to all its lawyers across the board as per schedule, despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
All the staff at the firm were also paid their annual bonus and increment as per schedule.
Trilegal had announced increments for its lawyers back in July. So far, Trilegal seems to be the only firm among the top Indian law firms to have given increments to all levels of lawyers this year.
Online induction of freshers
The firm has also started induction of freshers. The firm has a total of 73 freshers this year, out of which 38 have already been on-boarded. The remaining will be taken on board on October 1, 2020.
The firm has also conducted a 3-month learning and development (L&D) programme consisting of 28 training sessions from July to September 2020 for all freshers.
The idea is to take them through subjects related to their practice areas.
The firm has planned a virtual induction for two batches on September 11 and 18. The induction is called BATNA [an acronym that stands for best alternative to negotiated agreement]. An employee at the firm said,
"We plan to show them the best time we can in place of an on-site induction program, which would have been the case under normal circumstances."
Khaitan & Co is preparing to virtually welcome its fresh hires from the batch of 2020 on October 1 this year, after a delay of three months owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas will also be starting virtual inductions around Diwali, as per a reliable source from within the firm.
Both firms had rescheduled the joining dates for all fresh hires to October 2020 due to the pandemic.
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas has already started the induction of freshers in a staggered manner.
Trilegal has also run a digital learning platform for interns called ‘Trilegal Engage’. The firm stated,
"We ran two series for around 100+ interns over a period of 5 months [March to July 2020]. The program consisted of training modules with assignments. We also carried out ‘Assignment Feedback’ sessions after each module."