Deputy Head of Chambers
Master of Laws (LL.M), Faculty of Law, Delhi University (Class of 2006)
Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) Faculty of Law, Banaras Hindu University (Class of 2003)
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and English, (BA Hons.), Allahabad University, (Class of 2000)
Manish Kumar is a Counsel with over 15 years of dispute resolution experience. He is also qualified as an Advocate on-Record at the Supreme Court. His practice encompasses white-collar crimes, indirect taxation, employment laws, labor disputes and education laws. Manish is uniquely suited to act for clients in disputes relating to these practice areas. The Supreme Court of India had appointed him as Amicus Curiae in a murder appeal dealing with capital punishment. Manish is well equipped to deal with all hearings and stages of the dispute resolution process including to assist in oral and written advocacy, including drafting statements of case, skeleton arguments, memorials, appeal documents and opinions.
Additional Standing Counsel at the Supreme Court of India for the State of Bihar (Since 2016)
Counsel at the Supreme Court of India for the Union Territory of Chandigarh (Since 2009)
Member, Supreme Court Bar Association (Since 2009)
Member, Bihar State Bar Council (Since 2006)
1. Successfully appeared against a banking institution in a dispute regarding the mandatory compliance mechanisms for challenge to awards under the Arbitration & Conciliation Act [State of Bihar & Ors. v. Bihar Rajya Bhumi Vikas Bank Samiti, (2018) 9 SCC 472]
3. Successfully defended a Public Sector Energy Corporation in an electricity distribution dispute before the Supreme Court (India Power Corporation (Bodhgaya) Limited & Ors. v. South Bihar Power Distribution, SLP(C) No. 16548/2018)
4. Represented a State Government before a Constitution Bench consisting of 9 judges where the Supreme Court decided the constitutional validity of entry taxes levied on inter-state sale of goods [Jindal Stainless Steel & Anr. v. State of Haryana & Ors., (2017) 12 SCC 1]
5. Representing several public sector enterprises before the Supreme Court in multiple disputes relating to blacklisting of contractors and cancellation of tenders.
6. Successfully secured interim injunctions for a large company from the Supreme Court in over 90 disputes relating to arbitrability of fraud.
1. Appointed as an Amicus Curiae by the Supreme Court in a murder appeal in 2007 [Ravindra Reddy v. Sahik Masthan, SLP Criminal No. 452/2007]
2. Successfully appeared before the Supreme Court and secured bail cancellation for the prime accused in the Toppers Scam case [State of Bihar v. Amit Kumar, (2017) 13 SCC 751]
3. Appeared in a case before the Supreme Court that led to the laying down of guidelines for prosecution of juvenile offenders [Lakhan Lal v. State of Bihar, (2011) 2 SCC 251]
4. Successfully represented a State Government in a financial fraud dispute valued over $ 200 Million that led to the establishment of 5 Special Courts in Bihar [State of Bihar v. Divesh Kumar Chaudhary, (2018) 16 SCC 817]
5. Representing a high net worth individual in the Supreme Court for multiple offences under SEBI and PMLA Act.
6. Successfully secured interim relief for an individual from the Supreme Court on the issue of mandatory adherence to mediation settlement deed.
1. Successfully represented a State Government in a class action litigation against over 50 Employee Unions seeking parity of pay scales. The total financial impact of this litigation was over $ 800 Million [State of Bihar v. Bihar Secondary Teacher’s Struggle Committee, Munger AIR 2019 SC 2521]
2. Successfully represented Godrej and Boyce Manufacturing Company Limited in multiple cases relating to transfer of workmen [Godrej & Boyce v. Rameshwar, (2020) SCC OnLine SC 173]
3. Appeared for a state owned beverage corporation in a dispute relating to pay scale parity [Bihar State Beverages Corporation v. Naresh Kumar Mishra, (2019) 5 SCC 110]
1. Successfully represented an Examination Board and secured a judgment that excludes Examination Boards from the jurisdictional purview of Consumer Courts [Bihar School Examination Board v. Suresh Prasad Sinha, (2009) 8 SCC 483]
2. Successfully represented a State Government before the Supreme Court in recognition disputes of multiple Medical Colleges against the Medical Council of India [State of Bihar v MCI, (2018) 16 SCC 639]
3. Successfully secured the transfer of over 50 cases from a High Court to the Supreme Court in a case dealing with accreditation process of teacher training colleges
1. Successfully represented the leader of a national political party (Janata Dal United) and opposed the reinstatement of a disqualified parliamentarian [Ram Chandra Prasad Singh v. Sharad Yadav, Civil Appeal No. 2004 of 2020]
2. Successfully represented a national political party in a dispute regarding the allotment of election symbol before the Election Commission of India and before the Delhi High Court [K. Rajasekaran v. Election Commission of India, WP(C) No. 10811 of 2017]
1. Representing an Indian insurance company in a marine insurance dispute against a Japanese Company
2. Successfully secured interim and final relief from the Securities Appellate Tribunal for IFFCO Tokio General Insurance Limited in restructuring disputes pertaining to IRDAI