What is your approach or philosophy to representing a case?
1. Prepare for the case throughly - known the facts and legal submissions well. 2. Be clear what your case is and what you have to argue. 3. When you are in front of the court, have presence of mind and be open to any surprises that might come while you keep a grip on your own case to be presented. 4. Make sure you have conveyed your main points to the judge that needs to be conveyed and push through if required to be conveyed in interest of justice. ~Adv. Nivedita M.
Other than a law degree, what kind of special training or knowledge do you have?
I have also done Bachalor of Management Studies degree.
How did you decide you wanted to become a lawyer?
It came from personal trigger. I aspired to earn respect and serve the society. And somehow law came to my mind as I was always good at analytical and communication skills.
Who are your typical clients? Do you have a set strategy to approach them on the first meeting?
My clients vary from corporates to individuals to artists and even law firms to whom I provide legal advice and strategy. In first meeting I try to understand what client needs legally and their situation and gather as many facts from them as I can.
What type of skills does it take to become a successful lawyer??
1. Hardwork 2. Patience 3. Perseverance
How do you deal with failure in the courtroom?
You try to buy time from the court somehow to think over it and come up with a solution. If it's a case surely gone and you cant buy time, then start preparing for appeal and don't resist the passing of order by judge.
What advice would you give to a law school aspirant?
Make sure you like the profession and make an informed decision before taking it up.
What type of cases do you generally handle?
Civil cases mainly in Bombay High court
How do you see your job evolving in the future?
I see my law firm growing and reaching the global and international platforms along with comtinuing and enhancing my services in the Indian legal system.
What was the most challenging moment in your career?
Overcoming the time when you are not valued for not coming from influential background and being nobody even after putting your best efforts to reaching a place where you are recognised for your work and creating a place for yourself in the industry.
What motivated you to choose this career?
the fact that I could severe the society at large and earn respect through my services.
What does a typical day at work look like?
If you choose to do what inspires you, then a typical day at work looks motivational, energetic and interesting!
How was your experience with your first job?
How has your job evolved over the years?
Many failures led me on to my path and towards success
What are the 3 things every successful lawyers must-have?
1. Hardworking ability 2. Patience 3. Perseverance
How did you rise in your role as a lawyers, what career hacks can you share?
Lot of hard work, patience to wait for your time, perseverance to keep doing my best over the years and accept all opportunities big and small -- all the aforesaid combined with some luck brought led me here. I strongly suggest that freshers should study the industry and choose a suitable senior to work with. It is also advisable to work with upcoming and smaller legal organisations initially and then proceed to bigger. Exposure and learning is more is smaller and upcoming organisations.
What's the advice you would like to give to an aspiring lawyers?
previous answer applies to this question too
What role did your educational background play in your career?
My BMS degree helped me with leadership skills and improved speach and presentation. My law degree helped me understand the structure of legal system in our country and the subjects at large.
Describe a typical day at work for you?
already answer previoisly
How stressful is your job?
If you look to make lot of money, then it's very stressful. But if you just go with the flow and serve the purpose of it, then not so much. However, some level of stress is there in all work, given that challenges are a part of life and we have to deal with them either with a smile on our face.
What do you dislike about your job or the industry?
That the true purpose of it is most of the time not served and it's largely money oriented.
What are your primary job responsibilities?
Providing my clients with all legal options with consequesnces and appropriate legal advice and awareness to enable them make an informed legal decision.
What are the realities of a lawyer's job that cinema never depicts?
The long gestation period to actually establish yourself.
What law books or journals would you recommend reading?
1. Roses in December, Legal Eagle and other books giving struggle stories of eminent lawyers. 2. Read the bare acts to start with and refer to commentaries for better understanding. 3. Read landmark judgements published in recognised journals like AIR, MhLj, SCC etc.
What is the toughest decision you had to make at work?
Choosing to stay out of rat race and do what you believe in.
How dangerous is your job? Have you ever been threatened?
I haven't experienced threats as yet.