Abhishek Malhotra, having parted ways with Bharucha & Partners in March, is in the process of rebuilding TMT Law Practice with new hires and a second office. Malhotra left Bharucha with four lawyers and expects to have eight or nine lawyers and a similar number of support staff by 1 April.
“Within this short span, I have added two of counsels and finalized three others to join me in Delhi and Mumbai,” he told India Business Law Journal. TMT will continue to operate from its old office in New Delhi’s Safdarjung Development Area and has added an office in Mumbai.
“Things were not working out for me over there [at Bharucha]. The other partners and I decided that the best course of action for me was to retire and get back to TMT.”
With regards to further growth, Malhotra, who is the managing partner, said he would “play it by the ear”.
“I will make decisions regarding hiring more than 10 lawyers only towards the end of December. It will be a calibrated approach. I do not want to rush into a major expansion just yet. I am fortunate to have the continued support of all my clients.”
In addition to the focus area of technology, media and telecom, the firm will look to expand its dispute resolution practice.
Malhotra had merged his 12-lawyer practice with former additional advocate general DP Singh’s DPSA Legal in April 2017 to form Arthe Law, which then merged with Bharucha in October 2017.
Malhotra has nearly two decades of experience and is a member of the State Bar of California and Bar Council of Delhi. He founded TMT Law Practice in August 2008 after leaving DSK Legal, where he worked as an associate partner and set up the firm’s intellectual property practice.