Firms To Watch: Labour and employment

Anhad Law was formed in 2021 by employment specialist Manishi Pathak, formerly at IndusLaw; the growing practice has a strong offering across both advisory and contentious matters.
Dentons Link Legal‘s employment practice continues to advise on compliance and structuring aspects of commercial transactions, M&A, divestitures and takeover-related matters, and has a particular specialism in conducting human resource audits.
DSK Legal‘s expanding practice, which has expertise advising on sexual harassment-related employment matters, was kickstarted with the August 2022 arrivals of co-heads Deepali Chandhoke and Suyash Srivastava from Luthra and Luthra Law Offices India.
Economic Laws Practice leverages the firm’s wider tax and litigation capabilities to continue to strengthen its labour and employment offering, advising on emerging labour legislation, contractual agreements, as well as contentious labour matters.

Labour and employment in India


The dedicated labour and employment team at IndusLaw excels across the full spectrum of matters, both contentious and non-contentious, and acts for large multinational corporations across all industry sectors. Bengaluru-based head of the practice Avik Biswas has extensive expertise advising on employment contracts, in internal disciplinary inquiries, and in handling sexual harassment proceedings. Mumbai-based Sowmya Kumar is a key contact for mandates relating to reductions in force exercises and senior management severances. Vaibhav Bhardwaj in New Delhi is also key name. Bengaluru-based principal associate Ivana Chatterjee‘s broad practice has particular emphasis on industrial relations and disputes.

Practice head(s):

Avik Biswas

Other key lawyers:

Vaibhav Bhardwaj; Sowmya Kumar; Ivana Chatterjee


‘This team is incredibly responsive and provides actionable advice.’

‘Indus Law team has been supporting me in various kinds of labour matters and their candidness, and pragmatic solutions help us to win in complex situations.’

‘The team has a good understanding of legislation and also understand the nuances involved in a matter.’

Key clients

Coca Cola India


Infosys Technologies

Siemens India

Pernod Ricard India

Mahindra Group


InMobi Technologies


Conviva Technologies

Wipro Limited

Smarsh India

Allegis India


Worley India

Air India

Work highlights

  • Advised Air India Limited, India’s largest international carrier, on a mammoth merger harmonisation exercise which was on account of the acquisition of Air India Limited by the Tata group.
  • Advised Wipro Limited, a leading Indian multinational technology services and consulting company with a workforce of approximately 150,000, on a wide range of Indian employment law matters and market practices.
  • Advised two Indian entities of the Siemens Group on social security matters, including representing them before provident fund authorities in Mumbai and filing a writ petition before the jurisdictional High Court against an adverse order issued by provident fund authorities in Bangalore.

Khaitan & Co LLP

Counting major domestic and international corporates among its impressive roster of clients, Khaitan & Co. assists on the full-range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters, including industrial disputes, workplace harassment and discrimination, and workforce management matters. Mumbai-based Anshul Prakash leads the team and has a broad practice that covers the full suite of contentious and advisory cases. In Bengaluru, Vinay Joy is the key name for corporate and M&A-related work, whilst New Delhi’s Jeevan Ballav Panda takes point on labour disputes. The practice also fields a strong team of associates, including senior associate Kruthi Murthy and principal associate Abhimanyu Pal; both are Mumbai-based and recommended for their expertise in domestic and cross-border employee transfers and relocations, as well as social security and benefits issues.

Practice head(s):

Anshul Prakash

Other key lawyers:

Kruthi Murthy; Abhimanyu Pal; Vinay Joy; Jeevan Ballav Panda

Key clients

Deutsche Bahn

British Telecom

Indo Nissin

NatWest Group (India)

HDFC Group

Kin and Carta

Nissin Foods

LIC Housing Finance

Dara Pharma


Work highlights

  • Advised Quadria Capital Advisors in terms of conducting a comprehensive review of employment law compliance vis-à-vis Maxivision Eye Hospitals, which runs a network of eye care clinics, in connection with the client’s investment of up to INR 1,300 crores into the share capital of the said company through primary investment and secondary acquisition.
  • Advised Waters Corporation on all employment aspects in relation to the setting up of a development centre in India in partnership with a large (listed) information technology (IT) company in Bangalore.
  • Successfully advised and represented Tata Communications in a writ petition before the Delhi High Court in obtaining an interim stay order on the impugned order passed by the Assistant Labour Commissioner – Central (Delhi).

Kochhar & Co.

With a large team and significant geographic spread, Kochhar & Co.‘s dedicated labour and employment team handles a robust mix of advisory, contentious, and transactional work for domestic and international corporates. The team is jointly led by New Delhi-based Rohit Kochhar and Bengaluru’s Suhas Srinivasiah; Kochhar specialises in sexual harassment matters, whilst Srinivasiah is an experienced litigator with a focus on tech and outsourcing. Also in Bengaluru, Debjani Aich acts for global IT companies on their workforce-related operations in India in addition to her anti-sexual harassment advisory work. At the same office is senior associate Sidharth Santosh, who assists on workforce restructurings and social security compliances. In Chennai, Savitha Kesav Jagadeesan is the key name for labour disputes and termination contracts.

Practice head(s):

Rohit Kochhar; Suhas Srinivasiah

Other key lawyers:

Debjani Aich; Sidharth Santosh; Savitha Kesav Jagadeesan

Key clients

Ciena Corporation

Foundry Digital LLC

GEA Group


IG Infotech (India) Private Limited (IG)

Lexmark International, Inc.

Maersk No

META (Facebook)

National Basketball Association (NBA)

Nuance Communications




Standard & Poor’s (S&P)

Willis Towers Watsons


YOP Factory LLC (YOP LLC) and Digimarket Operations Private Limited (DOPL), Wabi

Work highlights

  • Advised on key legal issues for S&P such as downsizing and streamlining employee strength across its various offices in India, settlement of deceased employee benefits, including cases with contesting claimants and no clear nominations.
  • Advised Yahoo! who had laid off around 800 employees in India as part of a restructuring in its advertising tech division, ensuring a successful and well-managed layoff process.
  • Provided the client with legal advice and support in respect of dealing with a serious fraud committed by 20 personnel deployed by a manpower agency.


With an impressive client roster that includes blue-chip multinational tech companies and major domestic and international corporates, Trilegal’s stand-out labour and employment offering covers the gamut of contentious and non-contentious issues. The team is led by seasoned specialist Atul Gupta, whose broad practice has particular emphasis on high-value and sensitive matters. The cohort also includes Swarnima, who takes point on POSH as well as diversity and inclusion matters, in addition to advising on the Indian Labour Codes. Both are based in Bengaluru. Counsel Parvathy Tharamel is a key contact in Mumbai, recommended for matters relating to employee benefits, business transfers, and restrictive covenants. The firm strengthened its advisory offering with the February 2023 arrival to its Bengaluru office of sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace-focused practitioner Veena Gopalakrishnan, formerly of AZB & Partners, who also has expertise in senior managerial exit cases.

Practice head(s):

Atul Gupta

Other key lawyers:

Swarnima; Parvathy Tharamel; Veena Gopalakrishnan


‘Trilegal stepped into a sensitive situation and led a tight and coordinated legal response that was appropriately scoped, done expeditiously, and get a big job done under difficult circumstances.’

‘Despite time differences and the lack of a prior relationship, our contact partner was extremely responsive and gave us good advice.’

‘They bring expertise and look at the matter holistically.’

Key clients

Lyondell Basell


Goods and Services Tax Network

Carlyle Group

Mensa Brand Technologies India Private Limited (Mensa)








Poly Inc.

Work highlights

  • Assisted Lyondell Basell in strategizing the approach for successfully defending various lawsuits initiated by former employees of LYB claiming reinstatement.
  • Assisted Accenture in designing its return to workplace and remote work policies, liaising with various governmental authorities to ascertain the scope of compliance expected from organisations like Accenture towards the protection of children and transgender people.
  • Engaged by Goods and Services Tax Network to review its internal policies and practices and prepare a comprehensive memo addressing the legal implications from an employment law perspective on its policies and practices and the measures it will need to take.

ALMT Legal

ALMT Legal’s full-service labour and employment practice is routinely instructed by multinational employers and senior executives across a broad-range of industry sectors, including life sciences, tech, and manufacturing in both contentious and non-contentious contexts. Led by the Mumbai-based Aliff Fazelbhoy, the team has seen growth in instructions related to workplace misconduct and terminations. Junia Sebastian in Bengaluru is the key name for cross-border employment issues, particularly those arising from business transfers and acquisitions. Also in Bengaluru is Souvik Paul Mazumdar, who advises corporates on the structuring and streamlining of HR practices, as well as on ESOP scheme drafting. Principal associate Ahetesham Thaver in Mumbai, supports multinational companies on all aspects of Indian employment laws.

Practice head(s):

Aliff Fazelbhoy

Other key lawyers:

Junia Sebastian; Souvik Paul Mazumdar; Ahetesham Thaver

Key clients

Aarav Unmanned Systems Private Limited

Athena Technology Solutions Private Limited

Acheron Software Consultancy Private Limited

Aquasail Distribution Company Private Limited

CAI Info India Private Limited

Direct Dialogue Initiatives India Private Limited

Epicor Software India Private Limited

Gebruder Loedige

Golden Spiral Foundation

Intermedics Healthcare LLP


Starmanch Private Limited

Virtusa Consulting Services Private Limited

Zocdoc Online Health Management India Pvt. Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised a multinational manufacturing company having presence in India on preparing a strategy to address the behavioural and performance issues by a factory worker.
  • Assisted the client, a private limited company engaged in the business of systems integrator and various information technology related products and services with updating their registered office address with the Provident Fund office.
  • Advised a multinational ITeS company that was facing a major issue with candidates using their offer of employment to get better salary packages at other companies and not joining the client.

AZB & Partners

The ‘very diligent’ labour and employment team at AZB & Partners leverages the firm’s strength in litigation, corporate, and tax to provide a comprehensive offering across the full-range of matters. In Mumbai, Nohid Nooreyezdan advises on workforce restructurings, employee benefits and stock option plans, while New Delhi’s Sunila Awasthi and Rachit Bahl are recommended for their expertise in internal investigations and severance programs, respectively; the three jointly head the practice. The ‘highly innovativeJatinder Singh Saluja is another key member of the Delhi team. In April 2023, the Mumbai practice was strengthened with the arrival of Ajay Singh Solanki, previously at Nishith Desai Associates; Solanki is a specialist whose practice has a particular emphasis on enforcing restrictive covenants, sensitive confidentiality and IP matters, and anti-discrimination law work. Former co-head Veena Gopalakrishnan left the practice in December 2022 and is now at Trilegal.

Practice head(s):

Nohid Nooreyezdan; Sunila Awasthi; Rachit Bahl

Other key lawyers:

Ajay Singh Solanki; Jatinder Singh Saluja


‘The AZB team, especially Rachit Bahl and Jatinder Saluja, consists of business-oriented lawyers who try to provide solutions that help our business objectives. Their advice is always practical and easy to follow.’

‘Rachit Bahl and Jatinder Saluja have always been highly innovative and delivered solutions in a time-bound manner.’

‘AZB & Partners have provided sound legal advice for many matters and issues. They have a good, practical understanding of legal frameworks in labour law areas. They are very diligent in their preparation.’

‘Rachit Bahl has good insights into legal applications; has the history of why a particular enactment was put in place and always a practical way of looking at issues. Jatinder Saluja is very collaborative and understands the legislative framework well.’

Key clients

Citibank N.A.

Amazon Seller Services Private Limited and group companies

Smile Train India

Women’s World Banking

Glanbia Performance Nutrition India Private Limited

Work highlights

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Acting for major clients across the finance, life sciences, and telecoms sectors, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas’ employment team is adept at handling a broad and varied range of matters, both advisory and transactional. Practice head Rashmi Pradeep, in Bengaluru, is sought out by clients for her expertise in large transactions, retrenchments, and workforce restructurings, as well as in complex and sensitive whistle-blower investigations. Also in Bengaluru is Abe Abraham, who is recommended for his expertise in employment benefits and work involving social security laws, whilst Bharath Reddy takes point on matters concerning share-based employee benefits. In Mumbai, Ankita Ray is a key contact, regularly assisting clients entering the Indian market on workforce structuring and compliance issues.

Practice head(s):

Rashmi Pradeep

Other key lawyers:

Abe Abraham; Bharath Reddy; Ankita Ray


‘The team is good, quick, crisp and at the same time detailed wherever needed.’

‘Rashmi always provides inputs not only from legal angle but satisfies business requirements.’

Key clients

ICICI Bank Limited

Credit Suisse Services AG

National Australia Bank Limited, NAB Global Innovation Centre India Private Limited

Sanghvi Beauty and Technologies Private Limited (“MyGlamm”)

Johnson and Johnson Group

RMZ Corp Holding Private Limited

Blackstone Advisors Private Limited

F5 Networks Innovation Private Limited

Redington India Limited

Titan Company Limited

Work highlights

Majmudar & Partners

With particular strength in transactional and contentious employment matters, as well as employee tax issues, Majmudar & Partners’ employment team routinely advises clients in the tech, construction, and financial services sectors. The team is noted for its 'knowledge and expertise in labour and employment law'. Neerav Merchant and N. Raja Sujith jointly head the team; Merchant, in Mumbai, is an experienced employment litigator, while Sujith leads the Bengaluru office and the firm’s broader south India employment practice.

Practice head(s):

Neerav Merchant; N. Raja Sujith


‘I recommend them for their knowledge and expertise in labour and employment law.’

Key clients

Lifeworks Wellbeing Solutions (India) LLP

AppIt Ventures, LLC

TRSA Group

Haitong Securities India Private Limited

Kallang Services Private Limited

Knowcraft Analytics Private Limited

Equisoft India Private Limited

Elementis Holdings Ltd

Perforce Software, Inc.

Frontdoor, Inc.

CompuCom Systems, Inc.

ScienceLogic, Inc.

Saryu Properties and Hotels Pvt. Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised TRSA Group, a leading US-based consultancy services provider in the retail space, on Indian employment law issues pertaining to setting up a PEO arrangement.
  • Advised AppIt Ventures, LLC, an award winning US-based app development provider, on Indian employment law issues, in connection with its Indian subsidiary.
  • Advising Equisoft India Private Limited, the subsidiary of a leading Canadian IT services management company, on employment termination matters, and assisted in drafting and finalizing separation documents.

Nishith Desai Associates

Nishith Desai Associates’ HR and employment practice takes a multidisciplinary approach, working closely with its tax, IP, and data protection teams to provide a comprehensive offering for its clients. Ajay Singh Solanki left the team in April 2023; he is now at AZB & Partners. Associate Archita Mohapatra left the team in August 2022. Since publication, former practice head Vikram Shroff also departed.

Key clients




General Mills


General Atlantic


Bank of New York Mellon

Dun & Bradstreet




Rockstar / Tale Two



TPG Global

Silicon Valley Bank





Automation Anywhere


McCormick & Company

Work highlights

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

Leveraging the firm’s broader strength across other practice areas, the dedicated Delhi-based labour and employment team at Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co has notable strength in benefits, industrial relations, workforce management, and transactional mandates. Practice head Pooja Ramchandani takes point on corporate restructurings and M&A-related employment issues; she is assisted by senior associate Suryansh Gupta. Kriti Kaushik was promoted to partner in September 2022 and has particular strength advising on compensation, benefits, and executive engagement matters, whilst Suruchi Kumar is the key contact for industrial relations, investigations, and issues pertaining to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Practice head(s):

Pooja Ramchandani

Other key lawyers:

Kriti Kaushik; Suryansh Gupta; Suruchi Kumar

Key clients

JK Paper Limited

New Era Technology, Inc.

Singapore Airlines Limited

Varel Oil and Gas Inc.

Reliance Retail Ventures Limited

Sagen MI Canada Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Singapore Airlines (SIA) in the consolidation by TATA Sons Private Limited and SIA of the businesses of Air India Limited, and TATA SIA Airlines Limited (Vistara), resulting into merger of Vistara into Air India.

Ashlar Law

The ‘very diligent and thorough‘ team at Ashlar Law acts for multinational pharma companies; banks and financial institutions; and government companies, handling the full spread of labour and employment mandates. Head of the practice and founding partner Pingal Khan splits his time between the firm’s Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Delhi offices, and handles the full range of employment matters, with particular strength in transactional and corporate employment issues-related mandates. Senior associate Roshan Jacob is recommended for labour disputes and gig economy contracts work.

Practice head(s):

Pingal Khan

Other key lawyers:

Roshan Jacob


‘Very supportive team willing to provide timely help and counsel.’

‘The team is led by Pingal and has a vast experience in labour and employment issues and has been advising us for last 6 years. We always reach out to Roshan Jacob for labour law disputes.’

‘Ashlar Law, with its solution-oriented approach, offers a unique blend of industry-specific, curated, end-to-end corporate advisory and litigation support services to clients across various sectors.’

‘The extremely talented founding partner of Ashlar Law, Pingal Khan, brings with him not only a vast awareness of top industry practices but also academically focused, out-of-the-box and accessible legal solutions to clients.’

‘The Ashlar Law team’s knowledge of labour laws comes particularly handy considering our sector is a manpower-intensive sector. Their team’s ability to provide specific solutions to specific problems in a creative way has always been fantastic.’

‘Very diligent and thorough.’

‘Strong understanding of the complex labour law sector.’

‘Partners are really accessible and knowledgeable when it comes to answering our questions and reducing the danger of lawsuits. In times of crisis, team readiness and support are paramount and we have always received the same.’

Key clients

Workex Solution & Services Pvt Ltd

Gigforce Private Limited

Willis Towers Watson

Hindustan Unilever

North Shore Technologies Pvt Ltd

Firecompass Technologies Pvt Ltd

Unipe. Inc

T-Systems ICT India Pvt Ltd

Ocwen Financial Solutions Pvt Ltd

Sila Group

Infinyte Club Pvt Ltd

Jupiter Electric Mobility Pvt Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised an education tech company with foreign holding structure in achieving compliance with ESOPs and RSUs to be issued to their founding team many of whom were not continuing as employees of the Company or were simply attached to the same as consultants.
  • Advised Infinyte Club in structuring its platform for providing access and liquidity to ESOP holders of private enterprises by accessing the retail investor market.
  • Advised Firecompass Technologies Pvt Ltd and Firecompass Technologies Inc in structuring their global ESOPs and inducting founder and KMP holding at the India level into the US Co cap table through use of ESOPs.

Bharucha & Partners

Acting for individual executives and multinational corporations, the full-scope HR and employment practice at Bharucha & Partners is noted for its expertise handling sensitive mandates and business-critical cases, including industrial disputes, internal investigations, and POSH compliance-related work. Managing partner Justin Bharucha co-heads the team and handles both advisory and contentious matters. Vandana Pai is the key name for corporate restructurings, business closures, and employee benefits. Bharucha and Pai jointly head the team from Mumbai. In Bengaluru, corporate expert Swathi Girimaji advises start-ups and established companies on regulatory employment issues and compliance.

Practice head(s):

Justin M. Bharucha; Vandana Pai

Other key lawyers:

Swathi Girimaji


‘Their level of knowledge, engagement and interaction is of a high standard with an endeavour to provide timely and efficient response to the client.’

‘The team members are always willing and available to interact with the client.’

Key clients

DJO Global India Healthcare Private Limited

Cuddles Foundation

Alchem International Private Limited

Swami Divyanand Education Trust

Flourish Ventures

Firstsource Solutions Limited

Girnarsoft Education Services Private Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising and representing Swami Divyanand Education Trust before the Supreme Court of India against an order of reinstatement of a workman.

HSA Advocates

Leveraging the firm’s broader capabilities in criminal litigation, the labour and employment team at HSA Advocates has notable strength in conducting internal investigations and audits, acting for domestic and multinational clients across a broad-range of industries. The team is jointly led by Jivesh Chandrayan and Soumya Kanti De Mallik, both from the New Delhi office. Chandrayan advises on the employment aspects of domestic and cross-border transactions as well as corporate regulatory requirements, while De Mallik takes point on compliance issues, disciplinary proceedings, and strategizing employee litigation matters.

Practice head(s):

Jivesh Chandrayan; Soumya Kanti De Mallik

Key clients

Amplus Energy Solutions Private Limited

Infobip Private Limited

Gail Limited

Assytem S. A

Here India

JVS Industries

Mumbai Port Trust

National Investment and Infrastructure Fund

Acme Cleantech Solutions

Mytrah Energy (India) Pvt Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised STUP Consulting on their termination of a key employee.
  • Advised MKU GmbH on a dispute and liaising with local counsel in Germany.
  • Advising on various options for transaction structuring, including transfer from FINDI and fresh issuance of shares of TSIL.


JSA Law‘s employment offering is experienced acting for employers across the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious labour issues. In Gurugram, Shivpriya Nanda has a broad practice and advises on large-scale workforce restructurings and disciplinary issues, while Rupinder Malik takes point on matters in connection with POSH, workplace harassment, and code of conduct issues. Sajai Singh is the key contact in Bengaluru, while Sandeep Mehta is based in Mumbai; the four jointly lead the team. The ‘thoughtful, communicative, and responsive’ Gurugram-based Minu Dwivedi is recommended for workplace investigations and POSH inquiries work.

Practice head(s):

Shrivpriya Nanda; Sajai Singh; Rupinder Malik; Sandeep Mehta

Other key lawyers:

Minu Dwivedi


‘The JSA team is attentive to client needs. They are quick to respond to questions with thorough guidance, they think things through, and they are active managers of possible risks, not merely passive advisors.’

‘Minu Dwivedi is a great lawyer. She is thoughtful, communicative, and responsive.’


Phoenix Legal

Adept at handling both contentious and non-contentious employment matters, Phoenix Legal regularly advises on employee transfers, disciplinary inquiries, industrial disputes, and terminations, with particular sector expertise in the manufacturing and service industries. Manjula Chawla and Abhishek Saxena take point on corporate employment matters; Saket Shukla handles restructurings and senior executive exits; Sawant Singh in Mumbai has a broad practice and is recommended for M&A-related employment mandates, while Pranav Srivastava is the key contact for clients in the tech and life sciences sectors. The five co-lead the practice. All lawyers mentioned are based in Delhi unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Manjula Chawla; Saket Shukla; Abhishek Saxena; Sawant Singh; Pranav Srivastava

Other key lawyers:

Akshay Sachthey



‘Akshay Sachthey is a superstar.’

Work highlights

Samvad Partners

With a solid roster of clients spanning a diverse range of sectors, the full-service human resources and employment practice at Samvad Partners advises individuals, start-ups, and large multinationals. Bengaluru’s Poornima Hatti and Ashwini Vittalachar in New Delhi jointly head the team. Hatti acts for employers and senior mandates, handling both advisory and contentious matters, including workplace harassment and employee misconduct. Vittalachar has a strong focus on transactional and advisory employment issues, regularly advising on retention and compensation structures, as well as ESOP shareholder exits. Also in New Delhi, Junaira Rahman focuses on structuring workforce reductions and retrenchments.

Practice head(s):

Poornima Hatti; Ashwini Vittalachar

Other key lawyers:

Junaira Rahman

Key clients

CIGNEX Datamatics Technologies Limited

Daiwa Corporate Advisory India Private Limited

Delhivery Limited

Eastern Engineering Company Private Limited

Exilant Technologies Private Limited

Expertrons Technologies Private Limited

Fintellix Solutions Private Limited

GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

Global Consumer Products Private Limited

Huron Eurasia Private Limited

Interglobe Aviation Ltd. (Indigo)

JP Morgan Services Private Limited

Jumbotail Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

Knowlarity Communications Private Limited

Logos India

Mahindra Aerostructures Pvt. Ltd.

Manthan Software Services Private Limited

McKinsey & Company, Inc.

MTS Systems Corporation

Profinch Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

Robotic Wares Private Limited (Fareye)

Sarvaloka Services-On-Call Private Limited

Securens Systems Pvt. Ltd.

Sequoia Capital India LLP

SFO Technologies Private Limited

Smartpaddle Technology Private Limited (Bizongo)

Stryker Global Technology Centre Private Limited

Thorogood Associates India Pvt. Ltd

Verisk Advisory Private Limited

Visa Inc.

Wellthy Therapeutics

Xiaomi Technology India Private Limited

Work highlights

Singhania & Partners LLP

As part of the firm’s larger dispute resolution practice, the employment team at Singhania & Partners LLP assists Indian and international companies on a broad-range of contentious and non-contentious labour issues, including severances, employee transfers, corporate restructurings, and regulatory compliances. Managing partners Ravi Singhania, Dipak Rao, Gunjan Gupta, and Rudra Srivastava are recommended for matters concerning employee transfers during M&A, while Vikas Goel takes point on contentious matters. Manish Kumar Sharma is another key name. The six jointly lead the team from New Delhi.

Practice head(s):

Ravi Singhania; Dipak Rao; Vikas Goel; Rudra Srivastava; Manish Kumar Sharma; Gunjan Gupta

Key clients

Achieve Cybersecurity Holdings Inc.

ABS Industrial Verification (India) Private Limited

Bazaar Gateway Business Solutions

Ness USA Inc.

Bioculture (Mauritius) Ltd.

Crosskudi Inc.

Goodwin Procter LLP

Kamic Group AB

Plasma Water Solutions

Alorica Inc.

Commissioning Agents Inc.

Fusion Trade

Quantum Holding UK Bidco Limited

Global Study Technology



Work highlights

  • Advising and assisting Achieve Cyber Security Holding Inc. in drafting of the Bonus Pool Plan within the parameters prescribed under the Foreign Exchange Management laws.
  • Advised ABS Industrial Verification (India) Private Limited on Employee Transfer during Business Restructuring.

Vaish Associates

Clients in the tech, consumer goods, and life sciences sectors regularly instruct Vaish Associates on both contentious and non-contentious labour and employment mandates. In Mumbai, managing partner Bomi Daruwala and Tushar Shah oversee the team and are key names for employee agreements reviews, policy drafting, and anti-sexual harassment policies. Working alongside them is New Delhi’s Manish Tully, recommended for non-compete agreements, disciplinary proceedings, and compliance audits.

Practice head(s):

Bomi Daruwala; Manish Tully; Tushar Shah


‘Tushar Shah – his customer centricity and clarity of setting expectations are valuable.’

‘They provide professional insights and advice.’

Key clients

Regus Eversun Business Centre Private Limited

L.E.K. India Consulting Private Limited

Apollo Hospitals Educational & Research Foundation

Sarin Technologies India Private Limited

Koelnmesse YA Tradefair Private Limited

Lakeside Software India Private Limited

Hyland Software Solutions India LLP

Mindcrest (India) Private Limited

Carel ACR Systems India Private Limited

Medix Medical Services India Private Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Koelnmesse regarding the hiring of a managerial employee, including restrictive covenants and various safeguards to be incorporated in documentation as well as in practice to avoid frivolous litigation by their competitor(s) i.e. old employers of the candidate.
  • Assisted Hyland India in devising a suitable anti-moonlighting policy.
  • Advised Sarin Technologies India Private Limited on understanding the meaning of the term ‘wages’ as defined under Payment of Bonus Act, 1965. Assisted Sarin in identifying components that would form part of salary/ wages to be considered for calculating the statutory bonus.

Ahlawat & Associates

Jointly led by managing partner Uday Singh Ahlawat and Sheena Ogra, the labour and employment practice at Ahlawat & Associates leverages extensive industry experience to provide a full-service offering, with particular strength in general advisory matters as well as industrial disputes and trade union negotiation cases. Ogra has extensive experience advising on employee incentive schemes, including stock options and social security benefits, as well as on employee terminations and onboardings.

Practice head(s):

Uday Singh Ahlawat; Sheena Ogra

Key clients

Microlise Group in India

Caltrol Inc.

ThinkPlace Pty Limited

Anaqua India LLP

Redcliffe Hygiene Private Limited

IPD Analytics

Work highlights

  • Advised Microlise group in India on the manner of modifying their global human resource policies for the purpose of complying the same with the applicable Indian legislations.
  • Advised Redcliffe Hygiene Private Limited in formulating their employee stock option policy and provided assistance in drafting requisite documentation in relation to the same.

Clasis Law

Leveraging the firm’s corporate, commercial, and litigation capabilities, Clasis Law advises both domestic and international clients on a broad-range of labour and employment issues, including POSH, mass employee terminations, disciplinary proceedings, and workforce restructurings. Managing partner Vineet Aneja and corporate and regulatory expert Vikram Bhargava jointly head the practice; both are based in New Delhi.

Practice head(s):

Vineet Aneja; Vikram Bhargava

Work highlights

Fox Mandal & Associates

The labour and employment team at Fox Mandal & Associates acts for a diverse roster of clients in the manufacturing, IT, and healthcare sectors, advising on compliance handling, HR policies, and system implementations. Purnima Kamble in Hyderabad, Shyamal Mukherjee in Bengaluru, and Kolkata’s Kaustuv Nath Chunder jointly oversee the practice.

Practice head(s):

Purnima Kamble; Shyamal Mukherjee; Kaustuv Nath Chunder

Key clients

Synchrony International Services Private Limited

Mphasis Ltd

Mobis India Limited

SIS Software (India) Pvt. Ltd.

Providence Global Center LLP

FMC Technologies India Private Limited

VXI Global Solutions LLC


Epimax Solutions LLP

HABA Trading B.V.

Work highlights

G&W Legal

With strength in cross-border matters, the labour and employment team at G&W Legal is regularly instructed by large international corporations. ‘Very knowledgeable and experienced‘ senior counsel Srijoy Das advises on emerging employment issues;  Disha Mohanty handles large-scale restructurings and retrenchments, policy drafting, and disability and minority rights; and Anup Kumar is the key contact for regulatory compliance issues, audits, and implementation; the three jointly head the practice from Dehli.

Practice head(s):

Srijoy Das; Disha Mohanty; Anup Kumar


‘G&W provides excellent advice and quality service to international clients. The team is technically strong on Indian law and provides good guidance on how this will be applied to clients. What sets them apart is excellent response times and being available on short notice at inconvenient times.’

‘Srijoy Das has provided top-quality service – very knowledgeable and experienced in legal matters and associated risks. Provides clear and timely advice.’

Key clients

Juniper Networks, Inc.

lululemon Athletica

On Semiconductor, Singapore

KAS Services India Private Limited

Keller Williams Realty Inc.

Evidence Action Inc.

India Youth Soccer Association

ID Insight, USA

Digi-Key Corporation, USA

Gaming Laboratories International

Work highlights

  • Represented and obtained a favourable judgment for Juniper Networks, Inc. in a litigation brought by an ex-sales employee of the client alleging non-payment of commission.
  • Advised Lululemon Athletica with introducing and implementing plans for the benefit of the LGBTQ+ community and preparing appropriate policies for India.

Hammurabi & Solomon Partners

Drawing on the firm’s strength in corporate and commercial litigation, Hammurabi & Solomon Partners offers advice on employment-related transactional matters, industrial and employee disputes, and sexual harassment allegations. Founder and managing partner Manoj Kumar co-heads the team alongside seasoned litigator Shweta Bharti. Also in the core team are disputes-focused Shantanu Malik and Anil Tiwari, who advises on non-contentious matters. All are based in New Delhi.

Practice head(s):

Manoj Kumar; Shweta Bharti

Other key lawyers:

Shantanu Malik; Anil Tiwari

Key clients

G4S Secure Solutions India Pvt Ltd

Tata Housing Development Company Limited

Indian Tourism Development Corporation Ltd. (ITDC)

Work highlights

  • Advising Tata Housing Development Company Limited on the labour law compliance and employment aspects of the transactions included conducting diligence, amending executive contracts of employment and providing post-transaction assistance pertaining to the real estate projects based out in, Haryana, Orissa, Kolkata and Himachal Pradesh.
  • Advised ITDC on transactional documentation, compliances, labour issues, tax issues and leave & license agreements of the following hotels of ITDC: a) Hotel Ranchi Ashok, Ranchi b) Hotel Ashok, Bangalore, and c) Janpath Hotels Ltd.
  • Retained by a leading real estate developer for having extensive experience and industry knowledge pertaining to the labour law compliance and employment aspects of the projects.

Lumiere Law Partners

Lumiere Law Partners’ labour and employment offering is adept at handling cross-border employee transfers, operations expansions, due diligence, and workforce reorganisations. Counting major international pharma and life sciences companies among its clients, the team also advises on regulatory compliance, policy matters, and trade union disputes.

Key clients

Index-Werke Gmbh & Co. KG

Bharat FIH Limited

Campus Activewear Limited

The Canada Life Assurance Company

Work highlights

  • Assisted and advised Index-Werke Gmbh & Co. KG in relation to the secondment of its employee(s) to its Indian subsidiary.
  • Provided legal advisory to the Canada Life Assurance Company in relation to a proposed expansion of operations and consequent restructuring of its employees in India.
  • Regularly advising Campus Activewear Limited on a wide array of matters regarding labour and employment laws.