Phoenix Legal



Dispute resolution

The dispute resolution team at Phoenix Legal have pan-India capabilities and are “crisis management specialists” with experience handling complex and sensitive contentious matters. It works on various constitutional, public interest, corporate, civil, corporate crimes and criminal matters before multiple fora across India, from the small causes courts up to the Supreme Court of India.

Co-founding partners Manjula Chawla and Saket Shukla helm a disputes group that includes partners Vasanth Rajasekaran, Gautam Bhatikar and Ritika Ganju.

The firm recently successfully represented news anchor Arnab Goswami and ARG Outlier Media in multiple civil, criminal and breach of privilege related matters across various courts. The Supreme Court’s judgement is landmark as it clarified the position of law that High Courts in India can grant bail in the exercise of their writ jurisdiction. The judgement highlighted the importance of personal liberty and the role of lower courts in granting bail to accused. It also highlighted that criminal proceedings should not be used as a weapon of oppression for the harassment of citizens.       

It also assisted, a leading news media portal, on various civil and criminal defamation actions and matters, including investigations by the police on criminal proceedings filed by a major regional media organisation.A Japanese car manufacturer has instructed the firm in a multi-million dollar dispute under a distributor agreement with its sole distributor of cars in India in international commercial arbitration proceedings before the Singapore International Arbitration Centre.

Another key matter had an Indian subsidiary of a French company instruct the team in two tender matters before the High Court of Delhi and the Supreme Court in a dispute concerning the validity of a grant of concession by the appropriate authority for the construction, operation, cleaning and maintenance of 100 new bus queue shelters and the upgrading, operation, cleaning and maintenance of 319 existing bus queue shelters on a nomination basis.

The firm invested heavily to build up its disputes offering, hiring a full team of four from Legasis partners: partner Bhatikar, associate partner Zoeb Cutlerywala, and senior associates Vikram Kamath and Pinak Bhagwat. Tax specialist Jatin Arora also joined last year from PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

Other clients that engaged the firm recently are Busworld International, Jones Lang LaSalle, Larsen & Toubro, Magnaflux Systems, Mersen and Samsung Engineering.