Advocate & Legal Adviser.
How stressful is your job?
A lawyer’s job is quite stressful as a lot is on stake for his/her client, which invariably results in stress; but, these days, there’s hardly a job or profession which is not stressful. Moreover, when d lawyer is able to perform upto d expectations (and, yes, also get paid), d stress is well worth it. Looking at d situation postively, d stress is good since it doesn’t d lawyer get complacent.
What type of skills does it take to become a successful lawyer??
Hardwork & sincere devotion are d most essential skills, others like analytical finesse, reasearch aptitude, language prowess, conviction of cause (genuine or faking it), patience etc. one can learn with time, hard work & devotion.
How do you deal with failure in the courtroom?
It’s part of d game. unavoidable. However, d best complement a lawyer gets is on failing. ...when d client turns to you, shakes your hand and thanks you for doing your best...
What advice would you give to a law school aspirant?
One can achieve any dream (not just in d legal profession) with hardwork, sincerity/devotion & patience/perseverance if u’re passionate enough..
What type of cases do you generally handle?
Anything in litigation, except taxation (& avoiding service law matters). Though I enjoy criminal law practice d most..
What was the most challenging moment in your career?
That’s d beauty or dread of this profession. The most challenging moment is: everyday. Ram got relief y’day is no solace to Shyam. Shyam too needs to be rescued...
What motivated you to choose this career?
Destiny.. (I’ve answered this question a bit earlier)
How was your experience with your first job?
fascinating. my first outstation case after 6 months in d profession. A POTA (Terrorism) case in a northeastern state. I was appreciated, though couldn’t secure d desired relief..
What are the 3 things every successful lawyers must-have?
These days, sorry to say: 1. The Judge on speed dial; 2. An off-shore bank account; and, 3. A streak for marketing & PR..
What role did your educational background play in your career?
To my knowledge, educational background plays an important role in any career and also in d legal profession. the language and overall understanding of d governance system helps..
Describe a typical day at work for you?
I think I had answered this earlier too: 10am to 4pm is d time spent in court or in office if it’s close to d court but waiting for you case to reach for hearing. 4pm onwards it is client conferences & preparation of cases for d next day...
What does a typical day at work look like?
Most of d days for hardcore litigation lawyer is 10-4-10. In other words, from 10am to 4pm are d court timings. Theresfter, conferences with clients & preparation for matters next day, until 8, 9 or 10pm; though even working through d night is not unusual for a fresher..
What are your primary job responsibilities?
Hi! Broadly: Client conferences, drafting, arguing etc. and in some cases, also the general case management/ supervision from ensuring filing of petitions in conformity with filing rules, ensuring listing of d cases, obtaining certified copies of d relevant orders and last, but not d least, negotiating & securing d professional fee..
What are the realities of a lawyer's job that cinema never depicts?
The legal research, drafting etc. that one has to put in for an actual hearing. Not to mention, dealing with the ‘objections’ to the filing/ listing of the application or petition that the Court-registry may have..
What law books or journals would you recommend reading?
Any journal you can lay your hands on.. I, personally & most colleagues, prefer SCC.
How dangerous is your job? Have you ever been threatened?
My favorite practice area is criminal law. Though criminal law practice has come a long since d hardcore blue-collar crimes to largely white-collar & cyber crimes, but I do deal with a lot of ‘criminal’ clients, some even having international fame & exposure. I was trained that if u stay purely professional with them, there should not be any problems. I’ve stayed with that guru-mantra and have never had a reason to worry. I have found them to be the most understanding, appreciative & respectful as clients..
Other than a law degree, what kind of special training or knowledge do you have?
For litigation, I think it’s only d degree/license & experience that actually matters..
How did you decide you wanted to become a lawyer?
I had not. Destiny did it for me. After High School, I had a couple of professional options in mind. I had not ever thought of being a lawyer and had successfully for some alternate career opinions I had thought of. The option for law was sudden and shocking. At times I wonder how come I hadn’t considered a career in law before that..
Who are your typical clients? Do you have a set strategy to approach them on the first meeting?
Typical clients would be corporates, whether they approach me directly or through an intermediary like another lawyer or a law firm..