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Ashima Ohri

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A Cut Above the Rest— Jury Panel of 15 Eminent Lawyers Deliberates on the Best Lawyers and Legal Influencers for the BW Legal World 40 Under 40 Awards 2020

BW Legal World held its first round of jury meet on August 29, 2020, for its inaugural Top 40 Under 40 Awards to start the process of selecting the brightest young lawyers and legal influencers who have left a mark on the legal landscape in India in their young career spans.

BW Legal World held its first round of jury meet on August 29, 2020, for its inaugural Top 40 Under 40 Awards to start the process of selecting the brightest young lawyers and legal influencers who have left a mark on the legal landscape in India in their young career spans.

Meet our distinguished Jury

On our stellar jury panel we have Mr Shardul Shroff, Executive Chairman, SAM & Co (unanimously designated as the Jury Chair by the jury members); Mr Parag Tripathi, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India (was unable to attend due to a final hearing); Mr P. S. Narasimha, Former ASG of India; Mr Sanjay Gulati, Group Head, GMR Group ; Mr Kamal Shah, Head- Africa and India Groups, Stephenson Harwood; Ms Pinky Anand, Former ASG of India; Mr Mukesh Butani, Founder & Managing Partner, BMR Legal; Mr Pankaj Vasani, Business Leader & Finance Expert; Mr Ajit Mishra, Co-Head, Penningtons Manches LLP India; Mr Siddharth Luthra, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India; Ms Rakhee Biswas, Former Global General Counsel; ITC Infotech; Mr Rabindra Jhunjhunwala, Partner, Khaitan & Co; Mr Raian Karanjawala, Managing Partner, Karanjawala & Company; Mr  Rajiv Luthra, Luthra & Luthra Law Offices; Mr Krrishan Singhania, Managing Partner, Singhania & Co; and Mr Bobby Majumder; Co-Office, Managing Partner, Reed Smith LLP.

Jury members enthusiastically graced the virtual jury meet from across the world. Special mentions to Mr Bobby Majumder and Ms Rakhee Biswas for joining the meet from USA and France respectively.

The high-profile panel was intrigued to see the varied mix of candidates comprising of law firm partners, in-house counsel, and legal changemakers.

The Jury members set the tone and raised the bar of the selection process right from the first candidate onwards. Their perspicacious discussions with the nominees and post-interaction deliberations  made for a strict and remarkable jury led selection.

This certainly confirms that selection of the best from the best takes time and due consideration. The Jury members took a keen interest in every candidate and their interesting stories and journeys, grilling them with a volley of questions to separate the wheat from the chaff. 

It was heartening to see how nominees held their own and made it an extremely tough task for the Jury to lock their selection. Some nominees shared their arduous and inspirational journeys that included overcoming personal barriers while some candidates discarded their lineage to make it big on their own terms, setting a unique benchmark—worth emulating. 

Jury Meet extends to another session

Originally, the 65 shortlisted nominees were to be interviewed in a single day.

However, the quality and thoughtful deliberations over every candidate meant that we could only accommodate 35 candidates for the day. Instead of rushing the process the Jury decided to keep another session for the rest of the nominees to present their Elevator Pitch, giving a fair chance to all to have a meaningful interaction with them.

Accordingly, the next session of the Jury Meet will be held on Wednesday, September 2, 2020, from 4 PM onwards.

BW Legal World aims to celebrate the best young talent in the legal fraternity with this initiative. Our endeavor is to create a culture of recognizing the deserving legal professionals for their thought-provoking impact on our legal ecosystem.

Stay tuned for more updates!

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