Mr. Ajay Khatlawala
Name: Mr. Ajay Khatlawala
Firm Name: Little & Co. Solicitors & Advocates
Jurisdiction: India
Practice Area: Litigation Law

Telephone: (91-22) 40499121
Fax: (91-22) 2265 9918

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Professional Biography:

Qualification:       BSc, LLB & Solicitor (Mumbai)

Professional Experience: Advocate since 1977.

Areas of Practice:

Real Estate i.e. due diligence, structuring and documentation and redevelopment projects; Banking and Project Finance i.e. recovery proceedings and documentation for Consortium Finance by Banks and Institutions; Litigation, Arbitration and Dispute Resolutions relating to the Commercial Disputes, Constitutional Matters, Corporate Disputes, Winding-up and Family Disputes; Aviation Laws including Aircraft Leasing; Electricity Law, Corporate Law including Mergers & Acquisitions and takeovers.

Firm’s Objectives – Understanding Clients Needs

To understand the clients’ objectives and assist them in achieving the results that they seek in an effective and smooth manner is the firm’s main objective. What is important to a client is MOST important to the firm. The success of the firm is attributable to its high level of competence, immense experience and sincere dedication. Its reputation is founded on the simple philosophy of personal, prompt service and advice relevant to the modern requirements of business.

The firm has been known for its integrity, efficiency and a high degree of partner involvement.

Availability, Client Interaction & Personalized Service 

Any of the clients whomsoever and wheresoever and whatsoever the size of the transaction or litigation can get in touch with the partners and associates any time. They are available 24/7.

Each client enjoys a high level of personal service and has the advantage of discussing various problems with the Partners. ‘How best to serve clients’ is what propels and guides the firm in its drive for excellence and perfection.

Project Team Approach, Timing and Deadlines 

The firm employs a ‘project team’ approach so that clients have the benefit of access to the expertise of the Firm.

‘Quick and Quality turn around’ is the policy of every member of the firm is required to implement.


Ajay Khatlawala has been actively representing Government and Semi-Government bodies such as LIC, LIC Housing Finance Ltd., World Trade Centre-Mumbai, MMRDA, SSC Board, CIDCO, MIDC, MSEB and its subsidiaries, MSRTC etc. His clientele further includes reputed Business Houses, Public Sector and Private Banks, Power and Infrastructure Companies, Pharmaceuticals, Shipping and Mining Companies, Development of Hill Stations, Townships and Residential & Commercial Complex Development. He also has international clientele, who are advised on joint ventures, collaborations, technology transfer, intellectual property rights, protection regulatory issues and dispute resolutions.

Fee Structure: 

Following the international fee practice, the Firm’s billing is generally on an hourly basis. The rate per hour varies depending on experience and expertise of the Partners and Associates. In structured and real estate transactions, if insisted by the clients, the Firm agrees for lump sum fees. The Firm’s approach to the question of fees has a certain degree of flexibility and a rigid structure is not adopted.

Ajay Khatlawala is available on his hand phone at any given time.

Little & Co:

Little & Co. established in 1856, under the able guidance of Mr. John Pares Bickersteth, is the first firm to be registered under the Indian Partnership Act, 1932. Little & Co. has represented The East India Company, the Secretary of State For India, the Government of Bombay Presidency and its Successors, the Bombay Presidency, Bombay State and finally the State of Maharashtra till 1974. The firm has also acted as the Solicitors to the Great Indian Peninsula Railway and continued to act for it till its merger with the Central Railway. The last British Senior Partner, Mr. Charles Grundy was the only expatriate British Lawyer regularly practicing law in India.

The present Solicitors who constitute the firm of Messrs Little & Co. are the fortunate legatees of a rich heritage coming down more than 160 years. The firm as on today, has an extensive all India civil practice. It is a well-reputed full service law firm presenting an appropriate mix of the necessary legal expertise, industry specialization and commercial acumen. The firm has throughout followed the policy of encouraging young Lawyers and continues to do so even today. The firm has over 50 lawyers including partners supported by para-legal staff. It has specialist practitioners in banking and finance, (including project finance, capital markets and mutual funds), insurance, commercial  disputes,   property   law   and  real estate,  corporate and   commercial   law,  energy   (including   coal,   oil   and gas), tele-communications, intellectual property, partnership, testamentary, air law (including aircraft leasing), shipping, taxation, direct & indirect and dispute resolution by litigation and arbitration before international and domestic tribunals. The firm advises many leading Indian business houses, Government companies and commercial banks, both domestic and foreign. The firm also has an international clientele.

The firm has considerable experience in advising its Indian and international clients on joint ventures, collaborations, technology transfer, intellectual property rights protection regulatory issues, litigation and dispute resolution. It is well equipped, being a full service law firm having a strength of experienced teams of specialists and trained lawyers functioning out of the three offices of the firm. In view of its international practice, as well as to provide comfort to every client, the firm carries insurance cover for professional negligence even though it is not mandatory in India. Furthermore, the firm also serves private individuals and large partnership firms who need high-quality professional advice.

The approach of the firm is to provide focused legal advice with a practical approach, enabling the clients to achieve their ultimate expectations and objectives.The firm treasures the value of knowledge and devotion and shows creativity and innovation in addressing it’s clients’ requirements.