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The 'extremely responsive' and 'service-orientated' employment team at IndusLaw frequently handles a range of advisory and contentious matters from structuring, internal investigations, audits, drafting policies and training. The group was instructed by United Phosphorus to draft standard employment contracts and benefits packages for all levels of employees; it also led a project for the harmonisation of contracts across eight jurisdictions. In another work highlight, the department is assisting Airbnb on its proposed reorganisation, including advising on the concept of constructive dismissal. Bangalore-based practice head Avik Biswas attracts praise for being 'very entrepreneurial' and is 'willing to go the extra mile'. The 'hardworking' recently promoted partner Namita Viswanath is another key name to note. Microsoft India, Visa Europe, Kraft Heinz India and Flipkart India are all clients.

The employment, labour and benefits practice at Khaitan & Co LLP frequently acts for large corporates, such as British Telecom, Lions Gate Corporation and Tesco, on a full range of matters. Anshul Prakash led a team advising Tenneco Inc on due diligence in India as well as on the employment aspects of its $5.4bn acquisition of Federal-Mogul.

Kochhar & Co.'s employment and industrial relations team is jointly led by Rohit Kochhar, Suhas Srinivasiah and Vijay Ravi and frequently assists its corporate clients with a range of labour law matters. The group assisted Textron India in handling serious allegations of corruption against one of its senior employees, relating to a $5m transaction. In another work highlight, a team led by Srinivasiah acted for Permasteelisa (India) on a large scale amicable termination of employees. Indrani Lahiri is also recommended.

The labour and employment practice at Nishith Desai Associates has particular expertise advising its TMT, pharma and social sector clients. It is instructed by Viteos Fund Services to advise on employment elements relating to the acquisition by Public Pension Capital and FiveW Capital. The team is also representing Infosys in a arbitration against its former CFO, relating to payment of severance. The group's impressive client roster also includes Facebook, Uber and Netflix. Vikram Shroff heads up the practice.

The 'excellent' team at Trilegal handles a full range of employment issues and is instructed by large multinational companies including Google, VOLVO and GE. It is also representing LyondellBasell on a range of contentious and advisory matters, from defending negligence claims to assisting with strategy relating to unionisation. Attracting praise for his 'good commercial sensibility', the 'responsive and efficient' Ajay Raghavan heads up the practice alongside Atul Gupta and is leading a team advising Linkedin on compliance with the Rights of Personals with Disabilities Act. Counsel Swarnima is another key name to note, particular for advice on sexual harassment law.

Led by Aliff Fazelbhoy, the labour and employment practice at ALMT Legal has the capabilities to act on a range of advisory and contentious matters. The team recently acted for a UK-based employer on Indian employment and immigration considerations. It is also assisting a global IT company in relation to the termination and redundancy of employees.

L&L Partners Law Offices assists multinational companies on a range of employment issues. The team has particular experience in the IT, telecoms, construction, and pharmaceuticals sectors. Suyash Srivastava is a key name to note. Abhinav Rastogi moved to Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas.

Majmudar & Partners' employment team benefits from 'superbly rounded' lawyers who 'deliver a holistic product in the agreed timelines'. The group represented Grab, Inc on a range of employment issues from drafting standard employment documentation, including an agreement relating to assignment of intellectual property, as well as advising on statutory policies. The department is led by 'employment law specialists' Neerav Merchant and N Raja Sujith, based in Mumbai and Bangalore respectively. Associate partner Amrit Mehta attracts praise for being 'very hands-on and proactive and showing maturity well above his years'.

The employment team at Bharucha & Partners is jointly led by MP Bharucha and Justin Bharucha who focus on contentious and advisory matters respectively. The group acted for Alchem International drafting employment documentation as well as in breach of confidentiality claims. India Tourism Development Corporation, Inventure Capital Corporation and Key Media are clients.

The employment team at Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas¬†combines 'excellent subject matter expertise', 'superb response times' and¬†'good value for money'. The group advised¬†Infosys Limited on several issues relating to the resignation of its CEO, the appointment of interim-CEO and the appointment of the current individual to the role. Rashmi Pradeep ‚Äď who attracts praise for 'understanding her client's business and risk appetite, and offering comprehensive advice' ‚Äď jointly heads the practice alongside Manishi Pathak, and recently assisted Adani Transmission with employment aspects of Reliance¬†Infrastructure's¬†Mumbai power business. Recently promoted director¬†Abe Abraham¬†is also highlighted for 'his thorough analysis and ability to consider issues from all angles'. Other changes to the team include the arrival of Abhinav Rastogi¬†from L&L Partners Law Offices.

The employment team at HSA Advocates frequently assists clients on a range of employment matters, from drafting documentation and policies to advising on structuring and transactional employment matters. Former practice heads Abeezar Faizullabhoy and Aparajit Bhattacharya have left for Argus Argus Partners and DSK Legal, respectively in earlier 2019.

J Sagar Associates' employment team assists clients with regulatory, litigation, transactional and advisory matters. The group has assisted clients with compliance and investigations, as well as in business restructuring and transactions. Maneesh Upadhyay joined the team from DSK Legal. Associate Soumya Patnaik has left the firm.

The labour and employment team at Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co is headed up by Pooja Ramchandani and boasts capabilities across a broad range of matters. The team advised a toll operating company on issues relating to the strike of unionised contract workers appointed through an operating agency. In another work highlight, the group acted for a leading Japanese motor application manufacturer in a transaction requiring the structure of employee movement from the seller to the buyer and thereafter from the buyer to a third-party service provider. Senior associate Vaibhav Bhardwaj is highlighted as being 'diligent and proactive, and gives very quick turnaround'.

Chadha & Co's employment practice is instructed by clients such as Toyota Material Handling India, Hitachi India and Japan International Cooperation Agency. Savita Sarna led a team which advised KCI Medical India on a dispute brought by a former employee following termination for misconduct. The group has also been active advising clients on anti-sexual harassment policies and provide training sessions. Sarna and Namita Chadha jointly heads the practice and focus on advisory and contentious matters respectively.

The employment and industrial relations team at Dua Associates advises on a range of labour law issues. The practice has assisted multinational corporates with issues of termination of employment and employee stock options.

Highlighted as a 'really effective boutique firm', LexCounsel's 'top-notch' labour and employment team is considered 'a force to be reckoned with'. Practice head Dimpy Mohanty, assisted by senior associate Dhruv Manchanda, acted for CPA Global on India aspects of its global acquisition encompassing assets and employees of certain companies. The group has attracted praise for being 'excellent at dealing with cross-border matters' and assisted a UK company with Indian employment law issues.

The employment practice at Link Legal - India Law Services is jointly head up by Atul Sharma and Raunak Singh and handles a range of employment and HR issues. The team advised Independent News Service on a due diligence project spanning 13 establishments and 800 employees ensuring implementation of compliance employment and labour law policies. In another work example, New Delhi-based Vijai Mathur and Singh in the Gurugram office led a team representing Acteon India on termination of senior management personnel and successfully defended the client against claims brought by the terminated personnel before the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal.

The employment group at Mani Chengappa & Mathur handles a range of strategic, contractual and regulatory issues, particularly for technology sector clients. The department, jointly led by  Utham Chengappa and Neil Mathur, counts Jana Small Finance Bank and Whodat Tech among its clients.

Manilal Kher Ambalal & Co Advocates, Solicitors and Notary's employment team has the ability to leverage its dispute resolution practice in handling contentious employment work. Vikram Trivedi heads up the department.

The employment team at Phoenix Legal frequently advises companies on a range of matters arising from transactions, as well as providing ongoing advisory support from drafting employment documentation to handling termination of employees. Saket Shukla led a team advising Volaris Group on the pre-acquisition diligence of the Indian subsidiary of Sicap Schweiz. Monster Energy Company and Covance Inc are clients.

Bangalore-based Poornima Hatti and Ashwini Vittalachar in New Delhi jointly head up Samvad Partners' employment law practice. The team acted for Delhivery on the structure of Fosun's acquisition of shares of employee stock option holders. Other clients include Bluestone Jewellery, Manthan Software Services and Red Brick Lane Marketing Solutions.

Singh & Associates Founder ‚Äď Manoj K Singh Advocates and Solicitors' labour and employment department falls within the firm's contracts and transactional practice group. The team assisted¬†the¬†Training and Educational Centre for Hearing Impaired with several employment issues including drafting of contracts and a HR manual. Changes to the team include the addition of Rupesh Gupta¬†from SRGR Law Offices.

Singhania & Partners LLP's employment practice is recommended for its 'excellent service', 'absolutely impressive work' and 'great value for money'. The team has acted for clients in contentious and non-contentious matters, including advising Value Momentum Software Services on a claim brought by a former employee following termination. Managing partner Ravi Singhania and associate partner Rudra Srivastava are recommended for their 'prompt response and detailed clarifications'.

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