Which are the best Indian Law Firms to work for? Results of the Vahura Survey

Which are the best Indian Law Firms to work for? Results of the Vahura Survey

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Legal recruitment and talent management company Vahura recently launched a survey in a bid to find out the best Indian law firms to work at.

The Best Law Firms To Work – Survey 2018 covered over 1200 professionals (representing more than 10% of all law firm lawyers), across 140 unique firms. Lawyers were asked to rate their law firms based on parameters such as Culture, Firm Leadership, Satisfaction, Pride, Rewards and Recognition and Work-life Balance.

Law firms were divided into three categories – Law Firms (Above 200 professionals), Law Firms (Below 200 professionals), and Law Firms (Boutique). Each firm was ranked exclusively based on the detailed analysis of anonymous responses of professionals who took part in the Vahura survey.

J Sagar Associates emerged as the winner of the Above 200 Professionals category, followed by Khaitan & Co. and Trilegal.

In the Below 200 professionals category, Keystone Partners topped the ranking, followed by Bathiya Legal and PDS Legal. GameChanger Law Advisors ranked highest in the Boutique category, with The Law Offices of Nandan Kamath and Obhan & Associates coming in second and third respectively.

Below are the winners of each category in the individual parameters:

Above 200Below 200Boutique
CultureJSAKeystone PartnersGameChanger Law Advisors
Firm LeadershipJSABathiya LegalLaw NK
SatisfactionJSABathiya LegalGameChanger Law Advisors
PrideJSAKeystone PartnersLaw NK
Rewards & RecognitionJSAKeystone PartnersGameChanger Law Advisors
Work-Life BalanceJSAKeystone PartnersGameChanger Law Advisors

In addition to this, Obhan & Associates was rated the best law firm for women, followed by Nishith Desai Associates and Samvad Partners.

Vahura also compiled the Lawyers Choice Rankings, which is purely based on the top three preferences of lawyers with respect to firms and partners in their corresponding practice areas. Below are the top 3 firms (in alphabetical order) in each practice area:

General Corporate/M&AAZB & PartnersKhaitan & Co.Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas
LitigationAgarwal Law AssociatesKhaitan & Co.Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas
IPAnand & AnandK&S PartnersSaikrishna & Associates
Banking & FinanceCyril Amarchand MangaldasJ Sagar AssociatesTalwar Thakore & Associates
Real EstateDSK LegalKhaitan & Co.Wadia Ghandy
TaxKhaitan & Co.Lakshmikumaran & SridharanVaish Associates
Projects & Project FinanceCyril Amarchand MangaldasShardul Amarchand MangaldasTrilegal
CompetitionAZB & PartnersKhaitan & Co.Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas
Capital MarketsCyril Amarchand MangaldasKhaitan & Co.Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas

The rankings also feature the top three highest rated partners (ranked in alphabetical order) in each category.

General Corporate/M&AAshwath Rau (AZB)Cyril Shroff (CAM)Zia Mody (AZB)
LitigationMahesh Agarwal (Agarwal Law Associates)Pallavi Shroff (SAM)Sanjeev Kapoor (Khaitan)
IPPravin Anand (Anand & Anand)Safir Anand (Anand & Anand)Saikrishna Rajagopal (Saikrishna & Associates)
Banking & FinanceAashit Shah (JSA)Dina Wadia (JSA)Sonali Mahapatra (TT&A)
Real EstateDhaval Vussonji (Dhaval Vussonji & Associates)Dhawal Mehta (Wadia Ghandy)Sajit Suvarna (DSK Legal)
TaxDeepak Chopra (AZB)Tarun Gulati (PDS Legal)V Lakshmikumaran (L&S)
Projects & Project FinanceAkshay Jaitly (Trilegal)Jatin Aneja (SAM)L Viswanathan (CAM)
CompetitionNisha Kaur Uberoi (Trilegal)Pallavi Shroff (SAM)Samir Gandhi (AZB)
Capital MarketsManan Lahoty (Luthra & Luthra)Prashant Gupta (SAM)Yash Ashar (CAM)

The findings also included the top three upcoming law firm partners (arranged in alphabetical order) in each field.

General Corporate/M&AKunal Chandra (Trilegal)Shishir Vayttaden (CAM)Yogesh Singh (Trilegal)
LitigationAnuj Berry (SAM)Anupama Hebbar (Keystone)Dhruv Dewan (SAM)
IPAnusuya Nigam (Singh & Singh)Aparna Kareer (Obhan & Associates)Priyanka Khimani (Anand & Anand & Khimani)
Banking & FinanceAnjana Potti (JSA)Kannan Rahul (Trilegal)Roxanne Anderson (AZB)
Real EstateDenzil Arambhan (Wadia Ghandy)Malini Raju (JSA)Sagar Kadam (DSK Legal)
TaxL Badri Narayanan (L&S)Rajesh Simhan (Nishith Desai)Sachit Jolly (DMD Advocates)
Projects & Project FinanceAjay Sawhney (CAM)Avirup Nag (IndusLaw)Neeraj Menon (Trilegal)
CompetitionAbir Roy (Seetharaman & Associates)Ravisekhar Nair (ELP)Shweta Shroff Chopra (SAM)
Capital MarketsAbhimanyu Bhattacharya (Khaitan)Aditya Cherian (Khaitan)Varoon Chandra (AZB)

Read the entire report here.

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