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Indira Jaising awarded Senior Advocate of the Year at 2019 IDEX Legal Awards – See the list of Winners
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Indira Jaising awarded Senior Advocate of the Year at 2019 IDEX Legal Awards – See the list of Winners

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The 2019 edition of the IDEX Legal Awards was held in Mumbai on Friday, April 12. Into its eighth year, the awards are a recognition of excellence, transparency, and meritocracy in the Indian legal fraternity.

IDEX also presented Jury Awards under various categories. Justice DY Chandrachud of the Supreme Court was adjudged as ‘Icon of the Year’, while Indira Jaising was given the ‘Senior Advocate of the Year’ award. Former Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court AP Shah – last year’s winner of the Icon of the Year award – was present at the function.

Justice AP Shah looks on while Indira Jaising speaks at the Awards ceremony
Justice AP Shah looks on while Indira Jaising speaks at the Awards ceremony

This year’s awards received more than 200 submissions from more than 120 law firms and corporates. The winners in various categories were decided by a panel of 13 leading Indian and international jury members, chaired by Mysore Prasanna, former Group General Counsel of the Aditya Birla Group. The other members of the jury panel were:

  • Anubhav Kapoor, Microland
  • Anupam Sharan, Sutherland
  • Deepa Baburaj, Guardian India
  • Jonathan Middleburgh, Consultant
  • Lakshika Joshi, Aricent
  • Murali Neelakantan, Amicus
  • Navneet Hrishikesan, CISCO
  • Pramod Rao, ICICI Bank
  • Rajeev Uberoi, ex – IDFC
  • Valerie Bowles, Consultant
  • Vijaya Sampath, Independent Director
  • Vivek Mittal, Danaher Corporation
Jury Members (LtoR: Rajeev Uberoi, Pramod Rao, Mysore Prasanna, Vivek Mittal, Valerie Bowles and Lashika Joshi)
Jury Members (LtoR: Rajeev Uberoi, Pramod Rao, Mysore Prasanna, Vivek Mittal, Valerie Bowles and Lashika Joshi)

Commenting on the awards, Managing Director of IDEX Vikas Vij said,

“It’s never been an easy path for us to follow but we’ve been committed since day one to provide the Indian legal fraternity an awards process that they can proudly call their own knowing that the process has been built on transparency, fairness and a commitment to meritocracy meaning that regardless of stature, age, influence or reputation every lawyer has a chance to lift one of the ILAs each year.

What it takes is the ability to articulate a great story and back that up with substantial evidence, hallmarks of great lawyering and our Jury are impartial and independent focused on recognising the best-narrated stories, and those that demonstrate the ability to successfully tell that story have every chance of winning. The domestic award that can unabashedly sit on any mantlepiece.”

The following are the winners in Law Firm categories:

CategoryWinner
Law Firm of the Year – LargeKhaitan & Co.
Law Firm of the Year – Mid-SizeIkigai Law
Law Firm of the Year – BoutiqueC&C Advisors
Managing Partner of the YearPallavi Shroff and Akshay Chudasama, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas
Young Achiever under 35Swarnima, Trilegal
M&A Law Firm of the YearKhaitan & Co.
Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the YearShardul Amarchand Mangaldas
Employment Law Firm of the YearKhaitan & Co.
IBC Law Firm of the YearKhaitan & Co.
Intellectual Property Law Firm of the YearAnand and Anand
Regional Law Firm of the YearIC Universal Legal
Best Legal Advisor to StartupsIkigai Legal
India Desk of the YearSquire Patton Boggs
Khaitan & Co won maximum awards in Law Firm category
Khaitan & Co won maximum awards in Law Firm category
Akshay Chudasama receiving the award for Managing Partner of the Year from Justice AP Shah
Akshay Chudasama receiving the award for Managing Partner of the Year from Justice AP Shah

The winners in the In House categories were:

CategoryWinner
General Counsel of the YearSameer Chugh, Bharti Airtel Limited
Legal Department of the Year – Medium and LargeUjjivan Small Finance Bank Ltd & Mahindra & Mahindra Limited (Joint Winners)
Legal Department of the Year – SmallReliance Nippon Life Asset Management Limited
Young Achiever In House Lawyer of the YearHoshedar Havewala, Mahindra & Mahindra Limited
Best Banking & Finance Team of the YearReliance Nippon Life Asset Management Limited
Best Use of Innovation & TechnologyDimension Data India Private Limited
Sameer Chugh, Bharti Airtel collects the award from Senior Advocate Indira Jaising
Sameer Chugh, Bharti Airtel collects the award from Senior Advocate Indira Jaising
Reliance Nippon Life Team
Reliance Nippon Life Team

In addition to these, IDEX also handed out Jury Awards in the following categories:

CategoryWinner
Icon of the YearJustice DY Chandrachud
Senior Advocate of the YearIndira Jaising
Legal Academic of the YearUmakanth Varottil
Will Power (Woman in Legal Leadership)Menaka Guruswamy
Legal Journalism of the YearBar & Bench