Linklaters signs India best-friends tie

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  • is it ethical- need for investigation.

    There are government rules which do prevent these kinds of tie-ups by senior government officials who may peddle influence with government and allow their name to be used for marketing. I hear that there may be a vigilance investigation into the real arrangements. One more example of magic circle firms circumventing regulations, and entering through the back door. Linklaters does it again, after their existing front with TTA. No one is fooled here as to what the real deal is. It’s time the English law society also looked into all this hokey pokey.

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  • frustated with it all

    Why? What is so unethical? Will you complain if a retired IAS officer joins a private bank or an ex employee of BHEL joins L&T?

    Lets face it: law is a service not a damn profession, the lawyers expect to get paid and make money and have as much freedom to join anyone they like as a I-banker would!

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  • Nothing wrong....

    Mr. Vinod Dhall has not taken any employment but just has entered into a co-operation agreement with Linklaters which is having major competition law/anti-trust law practices. We must not forget that he is now a retired IAS officer and is now free to take private professional assignments. Indeed, respecting his individual and independent status, I believe, he has been careful in not joining any Indian law firm as he as the Acting Chairman of CCI might have interactions with indian firms by imparting training and advocacy to indian law firms.

    As far as his association with a foreign law firm is concerned, its most welcome since his expertise and experience must continue to be utilised. Perhaps, even if we set aside this professional tie-up thing, we should not forget that Mr. Dhall has also accepted the position of Visiting Professor with a view to teach and train law students/emerging lawyers at National Law School of India University, Bnagalore and National Law University, Jodhpur. So, I believe he is quite conscious of his professional choice and also contributing towards legal education in emerging area of law which is in dire need of good experts......

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  • I don't know whether we should form any judgement on a decision taken by an individual (Mr. Dhall). But looking at the above discussion, i though to share my views.

    Considering the above thoughts, there are two points

    I) Whether it is legal to join a foreign firm immediately after retirement from a senior most position of the GoI i.e. Chairman, CCI which is equivalent to the Secretary to the Govt of India and

    II) Whether it is ethical?

    My Views are:

    I) It is fully legal because as per directions of Ministry of Personnel & Training, senior Officer can't take up FULL-TIME employment with any private organisations within two years of retirement. However, there is no restriction on consulting & advisory roles as well as on visiting faculty role.

    II) Ethical/Unethical: This totally depends upon the individual. We can't/should not force our opinion. Moreover, most of the people would simply jump on getting the first opportunity, like the one Mr. Dhall got, to take up such offer, without even thinking of whether it is legal-illegal/ethical-unethical. And, those who don't get such opportunity would definitely call it unethical. Therefore no body has got any right to ask whether Mr. Dhall's association is ethical or unethical.

    Also, for the kind information of all concerned, after the formation of the new govt, there is no issue of vigilance Enquiry.

    Finally, what is wrong if a person of Mr. Dhall's stature shares his knowledge and experience as well as gets benefited from it?

    The above given are my personal view. Those who do not agree are free to have their own opinion.

    Thank You,

    Sumit Jha
    New Delhi

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