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Herbert Smith Freehills recently hosted the sixth edition of its annual International Negotiation Competition (INC) at the National Law University Delhi on 6 – 8 September 2019.

The INC provides an opportunity for law students to practice and improve their negotiation skills through carefully structured simulations – particularly for students who aspire to be international lawyers. This year, students from 38 internationally renowned universities from 11 countries took part, including those from the UK, Australia, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Poland and Singapore.

In a closely contested final round between Macquarie University and the University of Oxford, the University of Oxford emerged overall winner. The expert panel of judges for the final round comprised of Chris Parsons (Chairman of Herbert Smith Freehills' India Practice), Manjaree Chowdhary (Executive Director and General Counsel, Maruti Suzuki India), Rakesh Prusti (General Counsel, OYO) and Meera Singh (General Counsel, KPMG India).

The competition is part of Herbert Smith Freehills' long-term investment and commitment to the Indian legal market. As in previous years, a number of General Counsels and senior lawyers from top Indian law firms were invited to be judges for the various rounds of the competition.

Judges and participants were impressed by the outstanding quality of the legal problems used during the competition. A large team of Herbert Smith Freehills associates and trainees, led by Siddhartha Shukla and Savy Jajmann, was involved in drafting the problems and overall organisation of the competition.

Chris Parsons said: "We are proud of the INC and that it continues to reach greater heights with every successive edition."

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