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Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas today launched the inaugural edition of Suresh and Bharati Shroff Memorial T20 Cricket League at New Delhi’s Siri Fort Cricket Ground to commemorate the firm’s centennial anniversary.
The tournament will see 8 teams from 7 leading Indian law firms and the Bar Council of India compete in 15 matches spread over a month. Participating law firms include Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co, AZB & Partners, Dua Associates, J. Sagar Associates, Khaitan & Co, Luthra & Luthra Law Offices, and Trilegal.
The final of the league will be held on March 11, 2018, followed by a Prize Distribution Ceremony on April 20, 2018.
Addressing the gathering at the Opening Ceremony, Shardul S Shroff, Executive Chairman of Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas said,
“This day marks a momentous occasion in the 100 year history of our firm. It is really fulfilling that members across the legal fraternity have come together on this platform, to honour the memory of my parents.
They founded the firm with a vision to undertake pioneering legal work and always led by example. It is their values that have been imbibed by our firm and are engrained deep inside us. These values have held us in good stead, guided us in consistently providing outstanding client solutions though innovation, excellence, and have driven us to be a benchmark in the legal industry.
Shroff shared anecdotes of his family’s passion towards cricket and said that his younger brother Cyril Shroff is named after an English Cricketer.
Shroff announced that in addition to the Winner’s trophy, the Championship winning team will receive a cash prize of Rs. 1 Lakh. The ‘Best Batsman of the Tournament’ and the ‘Best Bowler of the Tournament’ will win a cash prize of Rs. 50,000 each. Each match will have an award for the ‘Man of the Match’, ‘Best Batsman’, and ‘Best Bowler’.
Pallavi S Shroff, Managing Partner of Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas said,
“In a 100-year eventful journey, we have stayed true to the principles of our founders, which has helped the firm to continue as a leader in the legal industry. It makes me extremely proud to have been a part of this journey, which we are today celebrating with the launch of this annual Cricket League.
This tournament gives all of us a chance to break away from our customary routines. Keeping winning and losing aside, the game of cricket will help build a new level of camaraderie among colleague that may have worked many years together without ever having the opportunity to get to know each other.”
Tagore said that the league was a great way to celebrate the centenary year of the firm. Chuckling, she said that the lawyers would get a break from the gowns and bands, however, they could still enter into arguments with the umpires.