India Business Law Journal turned to in-house counsel and other legal professionals to help identify the law firms that stood out in 2013. By Rebecca Abraham

By all accounts the year gone by has been a challenge for law firms across India. Yet companies looking for legal advice could not have had it better. As competition among India’s law firms intensifies, they have been widening and deepening their expertise. It is against this backdrop that we present India Business Law Journal’s 2013 Indian Law Firm Awards. We identify one law firm of the year; six best overall law firms; six winners of equal standing in 20 categories; and highlight two best new firms.

Searching for the winners

The results are based on thousands of nominations made by India-focused in-house counsel and legal professionals in India and around the world. The nominations were considered in combination with other factors, such as each firm’s landmark deals, cases and other notable achievements. Our editors also consulted widely with law firm clients and conducted reference checks on a large number of Indian law firms.

In determining the winners, our editorial team considered both prominent and smaller law firms, whose achievements sometimes go unnoticed. Our six best overall law firms rightly dominate the award tables. However, our winners also include mid-size law firms that are engaged for their legal expertise, commercial acumen and competitive pricing. For the reality is that as Indian and international companies tighten budgets, they are relying on India’s mid-size firms, reassured by steady partner involvement, practice area specializations and the leanness of their operations.

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