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Eversheds is planning to send its first-ever secondee to an Indian law firm, with an assistant preparing to go to Khaitan & Co later this year.
Four year-qualified associate Sandip Khroud will relocate to Khaitan in September for an expected three-month secondment. He will split his time between Mumbai and New Delhi.
The move is designed to improve communication between the two firms, which have an informal referral relationship.
At a client event on the Indian market hosted by Eversheds last Monday (13 July), both firms insisted that Khroud’s move was not an indication that they were moving towards a formal exclusive referral relationship.
“This is designed to promote better understanding between us and Eversheds in terms of working practices, clients and such like,” said Khaitan senior partner Ravi Kulkani. “But the relationship between ourselves and Eversheds will remain non-exclusive.”
Kulkani added that his firm has referral relationships with “a number” of UK and US firms and has no plans to cement ties with just one.
The past 12 months has seen a significant acceleration of formal alliances between Indian and overseas firms, in particular those from the UK.
The most recent came last month when Clyde & Co broke into the Indian market after forming an alliance with ALMT Legal.