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London-based research and consulting firm RSG Consulting released its bi-annual report on the Indian legal market on November 26, 2019 at Four Seasons Hotel in Mumbai. RSG also released a list of the best law firms in India, with AZB & Partners topping the charts.
The report also notes that client satisfaction with Indian law firms has marginally increased since the last study conducted by RSG in 2017. The factors that have improved include availability, timeliness and conflict resolution.
However, it is noted that satisfaction with the quality of junior associates has fallen by 6%. On a related note, managing partners of law firms said that their biggest challenge was recruiting and retaining quality talent.
Some of the highlights of the RSG India Report 2019 include:
Law Firm Rankings
Research for the 2019 RSG India Report and new Top 50 ranking of Indian law firms was carried out between July and November 2019. The rankings and the report are based on client satisfaction reviews from more than 480 Indian law firm clients, analyses of over 300 Indian law firms, submissions from 68 Indian firms, interviews with 45 Indian law firm managing partners and 35 foreign law firm India practice heads, and analysis of deal databases, among others.
The Top 10 India Law Firms
AZB & Partners emerged as the top Indian law firm with a score of 36.32 out of 50. Khaitan & Co. and Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas followed with scores of 35.82 and 34.96 respectively. Also in the top five were Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas and Trilegal with scores of 34.24 and 29.56 respectively.
|Rank||Law Firm||Total No. of Partners||Total No. of Equity Partners||Total No. of Lawyers||Score (out of 50)|
|1||AZB & Partners||106||20||429||36.32|
|2||Khaitan & Co.||149||91||636||35.82|
|3||Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas||114||26||584||34.96|
|4||Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas||135||33||760||34.24|
|6||J Sagar Associates||98||35||338||28.42|
|9||Anand and Anand||27||23||133||26.61|
|10||Economic Laws Practice||54||11||177||26.07|
The other law firms in the top fifteen were J Sagar Associates, L&L Partners, S&R Associates, Anand and Anand, Economic Laws Practice, Kochhar & Co, Nishith Desai Associates, IndusLaw, Link Legal and Veritas Legal.
RSG also announced the Grow India Awards. The categories and the winners are as follows:
|Developing Legal Minds||Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas|
|Defending Corporate India||J Sagar Associates|
|Enabling Corporate India (for the Walmart-Flipkart deal)||Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas and Khaitan & Co|
|Best Challenger Law Firm||IndusLaw|
|Foreign Law Firm with most increased profile||Kirkland & Ellis|
|Law Firm of the Decade||Trilegal|
|Corporate Legal Department||Larsen & Toubro|
|In-house Lawyer of the Year||Himanshu Dodeja|
|RSG Top Foreign Law Firm in India||Clifford Chance|
|RSG Top Law Firm in India||AZB & Partners|