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  1. 1. VOL 07 ISSUE 01 2021 Jayprakash Somani Empowering the Legal System with Dedication Digi-legal Insights Digitization in the Legal Industry - A Dynamic Journey The Best Lawyers For The Supreme Court Of India www.insightssuccess.in Legal Content Demystified How Credible Legal Content is on Social Media?
  2. 2. Editor’s Note eing the second pillar of the constitution, the Bjudiciary plays a vital role in ensuring that each sector of the government knows and follows the limits of their power. It also protects civil rights. The Supreme Court of India, particularly, has the power to ensure that the laws do not violate the constitution of the country. In case it does, the Supreme Court has the right to cross out such laws. The supreme judicial body of the country, the Supreme Court of India not only shoulders the enormous responsibility of delivering justice but also has the powers of judicial review. The judgements passed by the Supreme Court are followed in all the courts of law. Resultantly, the onus of the lawyers of Supreme Court are also massive. Only lawyers who are registered with the Supreme Court are permitted to appear for cases and plead for their clients in the court. Lawyers who are designated as senior lawyers by the Supreme Court can appear for their client along with a registered lawyer. The Supreme Court takes up verdicts of the High Courts and other courts to settle disputes between governments or people and government. The lawyers serving in such a court of law therefore needs to be well-versed with the uniform laws, the laws of the states, minority and other laws and the case that they would be representing. Besides, there are certain etiquettes that lawyers must follow. AIDING IN QUICK DELIVERY OF JUSTICE
  3. 3. Advocacy is considered as a noble profession and looked up to. The most challenging task for lawyers is to have the client’s interest in mind while arguing the case while at the same time following the ethics crafted for lawyers. Maintaining the decorum of the court and presenting himself/herself in a dignified manner irrespective of the case that the lawyer is arguing or the person he is cross-questioning needs lot of patience, self-control, and balance. The lawyer must uphold the dignity of the court, his opponent/colleague, the judge and all the concerned parties. Thus, the lawyer’s duty is not just towards the client or the court but towards himself, the opponent, the accused, and the judge. Through their arguments and findings, they also aid in quick disposal of the case and consequently quicker judgements. Few lawyers rose to a position by following all these duties, where they are respected and trusted by everyone including their opponents. Their conduct and ethical behaviour along with their knowledge and perseverance have made them successful lawyers of the supreme judicial body in the country. As a tribute to their exemplary work, we at Insights Success, have featured them in our latest edition, The Best Lawyers for the Supreme Court of India. Flip through the pages and learn more about their professions, their work, and achievements. Have a great read! Sumita Sarkar Editor-in-Chief sumita@insightssuccess.com
  4. 4. JAYPRAKASH SOMANIEmpowering the Legal System with Dedication C O V E R S T O R Y 08
  5. 5. Articles Digi-legal Insights Digitization in the Legal Industry - A Dynamic Journey Legal Content Demystified How Credible is Legal Content on Social Media? 16 Advocate S.S. Ahluwalia Delivering Swift Justice while Upholding the Law Anshuman and Abhijeet Shrivastava Offering a Broad Spectrum of Expert Legal Services 28 20 24 C O N T E N T S
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  7. 7. Management Brief Company Name Abhijeet Shrivastava is a Partner at Shrivastava Law Associates (SLA). At the Firm, he specializes in Litigation, Arbitration, and corporate practice areas. Anshuman Shrivastava is the Founder of SLA and has close to a decade of experience. Jayprakash Somani is a supreme court advocate. He has been practicing and handling cases independently with a result- oriented approach. Advocate Kapil Chandna, law graduate from Delhi University, is a founding partner of C&C Associates and is enrolled with the Bar Council of Delhi in 2012. Sanjay Dubey Advocate, Supreme Court of India is a noted Criminal Lawyer of Delhi, and has been practising criminal law at Delhi High Court and Supreme Court since 2003. The Best Lawyers FOR THE SUPREME COURT OF INDIA Advocate S.S. Ahluwalia has been providing legal advice and services since 2004 and is an independent lawyer, practicing in various fields. Anshuman Shrivastava, Abhijeet Shrivastava Advocates and Managing Partners Jayprakash Somani Advocate Kapil Chandna Advocate Sanjay Dubey Founder and Chairman Chandna & Chandna Associates DUBEY & COMPANY ADVOCATES Jayprakash Somani Advocates & Solicitor Shrivastava Law Associates Chambers of S.S. Ahluwalia S. S. Ahluwalia Advocate
  8. 8. Mr Jayprakash Somani
  9. 9. Jayprakash Somani Empowering the Legal System with Dedication My ambition is to help the emerging lawyers in achieving success “ “ The Best Lawyers For The Supreme Court Of India C O V E R S T O R Y
  10. 10. The legal system of India has always upheld honour and justice, while focusing on serving the society with total dedication. The highest judicial body of India, the Supreme Court of India protects the fundamental rights of citizens and settles disputes between various government bodies. The dedicated lawyers of this court always deliver their best and ensure that justice is served. They work towards the best interest of the citizens of the nation and provide timely justice. One such renowned lawyer is none other than Mr Jayprakash Somani. He started his journey as a lawyer in 1989 and then made his successful transition from the district court, the high court, and finally to the supreme court. He has also been a part of the CESTAT Tribunal. He is also Insolvency Professional and Certified Independent Director. He has rich experience in handling civil and criminal cases. He believes in delivering speedy justice to the people of India. Mr Jayprakash aims to provide his services not only to people confined to certain states, but to every citizen of the nation. His prime motto is to maintain the law and serve humanity. Mr. Jayprakash has gained considerable knowledge of working in all courts. In the Supreme Court of India, he has handled 25 types of cases. With vast knowledge in these different types of cases, he has emerged as a master of different arenas of law. Mr Jayprakash has handled different cases ranging from civil, criminal, property, and many more. He is one of the top Supreme Court advocate with his great experience at bar and his strong arguments, good presentation, and preparation of case before the court. He intends to provide his services not only to Delhi, but also to other states such as West Bengal, Bihar, and so on. Hence, after taking up the position of a lawyer in the Supreme Court, Mr Somani got the opportunity to dedicatedly provide his services to clients across India. A Masterful Generalist Mr Jayprakash and his eminent team of lawyers handle regular appeals, SLPs, writ petitions, IAs, caveats, review petitions, curative petitions & transfer petitions in the following 25 types of matters in the Supreme Court of India: 1) Civil Matters 2) Criminal Matters 3) Property Matters 4) Service Matters 5) Corporate Matters 6) Insolvency & amp; Bankruptcy Matters Continuous efforts and dedication can help you become a good lawyer “ “
  11. 11. 7) Matrimonial Matters 8) Consumer Matters 9) Contempt of Court Matters 10) Advocate Act's Matters 11) Business Law Matters 12) Banking Matters 13) Labour Law Matters 14) Arbitration Matters 15) Election Matters 16) SEBI Matters 17) Competition Act's Matters 18) Armed Forces Tribunal Matters 19) National Green Tribunal's Matters 20) Companies Act's Matters 21) Income Tax Matters 22) Customs Act Matters 23) Indirect Tax Matters 24) International Law Matters 25) International Trade Matters Tackling each Case Enthusiastically For Mr. Jayprakash, every case is equally fascinating. No matter if it is a bail case or an insolvency case, he is uniformly dedicated to each of them. He says, "The sections and matter at hand might be the same, but every case has its distinct identity". Hence, in every case, he puts equal efforts. For him, law is not a routinized profession; he believes that in every case, lawyers come across unique facts, which are essential. He states, "Cases may fall under the same section, but the facts are completely different". Surmounting all Odds Confidently Mr Jayprakash says that the profession of law is not filled with roses. There are many challenges which he had to overcome. Speaking about one of his cases, he tells, "Once a poor woman approached to fight her case. Her opponents were very influential and strong. They contacted me to lose the case. They offered me money, but I rejected". Consequently, he received numerous threats, but he never backed down. Furthermore, he took up the poor client's case at a very less fee. Sharing his experience of this case, Mr Jayprakash states that even though the opposite party offers lucrative rewards or threatens a lawyer, they should not give up and fight for truth and justice.
  12. 12. Overcoming the Pandemic with a Game Face According to Mr Jayprakash, the Supreme Court is efficiently tackling the challenges imposed by the COVID- 19 pandemic. It is working towards providing justice to the right party, in the right way. The court does not remain closed even for a single day. Depending on the seriousness of the case, the court remains open even on Sundays. It also operates during late nights to deliver speedy justice. With the pandemic impacting lives and societies greatly, the Supreme Court has also started functioning virtually. However, speaking of the challenges of virtual courts, Mr Jayprakash states that it becomes difficult to train new lawyers. He says, "It is feasible to attend courts and learn from the senior lawyers face to face is feasible in physical courts. The same cannot be achieved through virtual courts." Accordingly, it becomes difficult for budding lawyers to virtually learn from any ongoing case. However, he states that hybrid court hearings have started, which is a combination of physical and virtual hearings. Advocates will get the opportunity to opt for either physical or virtual hearing, or an amalgamation of both. Mr Jayprakash emphasizes on using both virtual and physical courts for smooth functioning of the legal system. Noteworthy Achievements Throughout his stellar career of delivering justice and upholding the law, Mr. Jayprakash has made various accomplishments. He has received numerous awards owing to his dedicated endeavours in the field of law. These include the following: · Mr. Jayprakash has written the book 'Supreme Court of India's Leading Case Laws on Insolvency & Bankruptcy Code 2016'. This book is related to the Supreme Court of India's 35 leading case laws on insolvency and bankruptcy code 2016. It contains relevant sections, case notes, facts of the case, findings of the Hon'ble apex court, ratio decidendi if any and citations are given for each case. · Mr. Jayprakash was recognized by Guru Shree Shantivijai College for Women for conducting a special program on "Opportunities in global and foreign trade” · He received an award from Mahakal Chamber of Commerce and Industry on its golden jubilee · He received recognition from Shri Ramdeobaba College of Engineering and Management · He was recognized by Bhartiya Jain Sangathana, Indore for an inspiring lecture on "Opportunities in Local & Foreign Trade” · Mahesh Bank recognized Mr. Jayprakash for conducting a workshop on Managerial Efficiency & Time Management · He has also been awarded by Hyderabad Karnataka Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Kalaburagi, and by Bharti Institute of Fashion Technology, Ujjain · Mr. Jayprakash is awarded with 'Priyadarshini Indira Gandhi National Award'. · He is also awarded with 'International Achievers' Award' at Dubai. A Devoted Social Worker Mr Jayprakash is not only dedicated lawyer, but a committed social worker as well. He takes every opportunity to serve the society in any possible way. He is a member and Honourable Director of Rotary Club New Delhi. The club donates a huge amount of money every year to Rotary International Trust i. e. Rotary Foundation. Furthermore, he is a part of his own trust, Aaronica Global Education Foundation. This trust provides medical help to poor and needy. His foundation also gives donations to many social organisations who work for social welfare. Aaronica Global Education Foundation is 80G certificate holder NGO. EximGuru Apart from this, Mr Jayprakash is also interested in Export- Import Training Programs. He is also MBA in International Trade and has been conducting export-import workshops from 2006 onwards. Now he conducts these sessions on every Fridays and Saturdays. Monday to Friday, fully focus on Supreme Court Practice. And Friday evening and Saturday, he is conducting Export-Import Workshop online through Zoom platform. So he is popular as 'EximGuru. For Export-Import Workshop website is . And for Supreme Court Practice, website is. Opinions about Emerging Career Opportunities Speaking about different career opportunities in the field of law, Mr Jayprakash states that today, there is an abundance of career opportunities for students pursuing law. They can enter the corporate sector and can also pursue career in cyber laws, insolvency and bankruptcy law, and many more. He is of the opinion that young lawyers can also try
  13. 13. their mettle in Indian law services such IPOs and so on. Mr Jayprakash states that no matter which profession an individual chooses, they should perform it with utmost dedication. He says, "Law is a very interesting subject. There is not a single day where I get bored studying about new laws". He further adds, "When I used to be a student, I used to gather new information a day. This would help me to enhance my knowledge." Mr Jayprakash further says that in monetary terms, legal field is very lucrative. It is an excellent arena to explore one's potential and evolve as a professional. He adds, "When you grow, then clients are ready to pay more. When they see your talent, when they see your dedication, they are always ready to provide you with suitable remuneration." YouTube Channel to look for Jayprakash Somani EXIM & Legal: This channel consists more of than 100 videos on Import Export Business, different laws, webinars & TV shows. Talking about his future plans, Mr. Jayprakash said that he plans to make a series of videos on different laws. "Suppose, IPC, CPC, Cr. PC, Evidence Act, Limitation Act, Corporate Laws, Civil Laws & Criminal Laws" he says. He wants to provide law students and emerging lawyers with updated information regarding different laws and aspects of the Indian legal system. Mr Jayprakash's ambition is to publish videos on each law, so that every newcomer in the legal arena can learn about changing laws. Advice for the Lawyers of Tomorrow Mr Jayprakash advises the budding lawyers to dedicate three to four years in mastering themselves in the legal profession. He says that young lawyers should abstain from taking bribes. He advises them to read and stay updated with procedural laws. Furthermore, reading one judgment of high court and one judgment of supreme court on a regular basis will sharpen their knowledge. Mr Jayprakash says that this will help them to excel in their profession. To connect with Mr. Jayprakash, please refer to the below details: Jayprakash Somani Advocates & Solicitor Supreme Court of India & NCLAT New Delhi Office: 257 C, Pocket 1, Mayur Vihar Phase 1, Delhi 110091. Cell: 8810540611, 8459194576, Land line 011 4105 1516 Email: jaysomani64@gmail.com Website: www.jayprakashsomani.com Don't be afraid to take challenges. Accept them, overcome them, and achieve success. “ “
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  15. 15. Digitization in the Legal Industry A Dynamic Journey Digitalization is constantly growing every other day. We can see major impacts of digitalization all over the world. Advent of internet brought advancements in mobile phones, social media, and other applications. Digitalization has boosted globalization, bringing together people from different countries. Now it has become a hassle-free task to do things which were once a complicated task. This is mainly because services have shaped them- selves drastically. People can buy goods, connect with people, fill forms online, etc. The tasks now done on the internet are effortless and this has been possible because the world is connected. There are some areas where digitalization is not very advanced. The people stuck in court cases cannot finish their cases in time. The advent of the pandemic has caused the legal industry to freeze its functioning. A lot of cases are still pending in the legal organizations. Digitalization in the legal issues is fragile in India. The attorneys and the parties have to be present in the court for proceedings of the case. Digital presence is found to be lacking when it comes to legal activities. These hurdles can be overcome by digitalizing the legal content and making it more interactive. Just like food, 16 | JULY 2021 | www.insightssuccess.in
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  17. 17. 4) Online Legal Proceedings The pandemic has caused drastic changes in the operation of litigations. There is a need for social distancing to eliminate the risk to get hold of the deadly Covid-19 pandemic. There is a way to attend hearings, trials virtually. The significant people who are part of legal proceedings such as the attorney, judge, and the parties, can go further by attending virtual video meets to resolve the issues. This is safe yet effective mode of communication to bypass the disease and simultaneously getting the work done. 5) Client/Lawyer relations A community where the clients and lawyers can openly discuss the legitimate topics, they can get linked to each other or hire the lawyers. It can be effective when a client does not know what to do next if he or she may have faced some unlawful activity. India’s legal industry has to undergo developments extensively, to cope up with the current trends and stan- dards globally. The future upholds difficulties that can be overcome if organized solutions are discovered on the journey. To obtain justice where crimes are cooked every now and then, digitalization is a blessing for the clients. Digitalization in the industry can make the situation much serene. Modern technologies are on the way to make lives of people much relaxed and easy. -Yash Yashwante education, and e-commerce, legal field can create a strong impact on the market, as there is an immense opportunity for digitalization in legal industry. Here are five ways how there can be evolution of digitaliza- tion in the legal industry: 1) AI Judgements As the artificial intelligence industry is in enormous demand, spreading its roots all over the internet. AI can be introduced as source of judgement for the dissolutions of cases. As the laws, ordinances, rules, regulations, code of conduct, guidelines can be found on the internet, it can act as resolving conflicts between parties and deriving a final conclusion. AI can develop and alter its decisions according to the existing laws. It can be a moral tool to disintegrate disputes. The judgements produced by AI can be accom- plished in the long run. 2) Legal Assistance Applications Applications can be developed where there will be an input of the legal database, with all the laws and ordinances that are formed by the government. To acknowledge the audiences and make them aware about the effects of wrongdoing in the society. This can be a dictionary of lawful activities where the parties can find solutions if they are experiencing conflicts with other party. 3) Legal Truce To avoid the repeated trials in the court, applications can be made for the opposing parties which directly focus on resolving the conflicts on their own on a featured applica- tion. They can extend hands for the truce and ceasefire, the quarrels. It can be a healthy way to lead robust relation- ships, by communication of both the parties and landing to a cessation. It will assist the parties by combating the substantial problem to reconcile. 18 | JULY 2021 | www.insightssuccess.in
  18. 18. The lawyer lives on his goodwill and goodwill lives farther than the lawyer “ “ The best lawyers of India are dedicated towards providing justice. They respect and understand their clients' feelings and perspectives, while upholding the law and delivering their very best services. These lawyers are swift communicators, avid listeners, and they provide better judgement. They protect the dignity of the nation and focus on the best interest of the citizens. One such renowned lawyer who is representing the Supreme Court of India is none other than Advocate S.S. Ahluwalia. He spearheads the renowned law firm, Chambers of S.S. Ahluwalia. Mr. Ahluwalia possesses tremendous experience in corporate and commercial laws, general legal consultation, white collar crimes, property laws, banking and financial laws, consumer protection laws and so on. Through an Interview with Insights Success, let us learn about Mr. Ahluwalia's journey in the legal arena, his struggles, experiences, and future plans. Following are the highlights of the interview: Please brief our audience about your law firm, its values, vision, and mission. Chambers of S.S. Ahluwalia is a chamber litigation practice. Mr. Ahluwalia is a third-generation lawyer. His father Mr. A.P.S Ahluwalia is a designated Senior Advocate, and his grandfather, Mr. Kuldeep Singh Ahluwalia too was an advocate in the pre-independence era. Being one of the oldest and established law practices, it is known for professionalism, ethics, pragmatic, and cost-effective legal advice. Mr. Ahluwalia has successfully represented both domestic and multinational companies, banks, government and charitable organizations, high profile individuals including those from weaker sections of society and jail inmates; on various legal issues across all lower courts (in Delhi NCR), the Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court of India, appellate tribunals, and other quasi-judicial bodies. Envisioned to be a leading litigation practice, Mr. Ahluwalia firmly believes that a lawyer is an officer of the court and therefore, must assist the court in the proper adjudication of the matter without getting identified with it. Hence, while representing the interest of the client, ethics Advocate S.S. Ahluwalia 20 | JULY 2021 | www.insightssuccess.in
  19. 19. and honesty of purpose must be there. He also lays emphasis on providing equal opportunities for the lawyers working with him. Brief us on how you have made an impact in the Indian legal sector through your services? Belonging to a family of lawyers, Mr. Ahluwalia was fortunate to witness the changing landscape of litigation in India. While it has always been shared and echoed that there should be "right of equal access to justice for all" but it is also very evident that at times it is not accessible to certain deserving one/s sections of the economy. Without a doubt lawyers' time is very valuable and he must work for his clients, yet as one of the important members and custodian of the society, he must act to create a balance to ensure justice and fairness. Therefore, the profession demands putting aside some time for providing legal aid to the deserving one/s who cannot afford legal help. It is with this notion of doing his bit towards the betterment of the society, Mr. Ahluwalia has been associated with the Delhi High Court Legal Aid Services Committee (DHCLSC) providing legal assistance before the Hon'ble High Court. He has been appearing as Amicus Curae before Hon'ble High Court and also as a mediator at the Delhi High Court mediation center. Though it may not be much, but any bit of legal service helps the system of the country. Brief us about yourself and your journey in the legal industry. 'My father repeatedly reminds me that youth of lawyer is lost at his table'. Post his LL.M. from Cardiff University, Mr. Ahluwalia started his career as a corporate lawyer at JSA. Having worked for couple of years and given the growing fondness for litigation (courtesy family practice), started taking interest in adversarial matters. Having understood the commercial interests of clients (as a corporate lawyer), assessing legal risks / potential disputable clauses and charting a way forward for minimum disruptions started getting easier. Having said so, moving from the comforts of corporate lawyer and joining the litigation practice was not easy for Mr. Ahluwalia. As a third-generation lawyer and being the son of senior advocate, the expectation of client has always been very high for Mr. Ahluwalia and even the court takes note of performance. Mr. Ahluwalia narrates that as a litigation lawyer one must face the judge, opposite lawyer, and the client. So, lawyer's job is not only to argue the case but also to built-up a case as per law. Evenings are spent in preparation of briefs and updating with legal reporters. He reads seven daily reporters, to remain updated. From his initial days till now, he has more than 50 judgments reported in his name, in a career spanning 17 years. For upcoming lawyers, he advises that the initial years as litigation lawyer are tough. Learning has a cost, and the initial remuneration says it all. However, with experience and knowledge, it does tend to pay off. Since every day is not green, hence one must also learn to save for the rainy days. What were the challenges you came across when you decided to start a venture that catered to the legal services sector? Mr. Ahluwalia's entry to the profession was easy - being a third-generation lawyer; and given that the basic infrastructure and connections were already in place. However, he emphasizes that the biggest challenge and a fundamental requirement for a successful career, is to earn the trust of the client. For building trust, a lawyer needs to deliver desired results for his clients. It can only be earned through hard work, ethics, knowledge gained through experience, and the results achieved for the clients. For Mr. Ahluwalia, the immediate challenge was to first build a client base and then retain them – both took time. In Delivering Swift Justice while Upholding the Law The Best Lawyers for the Supreme Court of India www.insightssuccess.in | JULY 2021 | 21
  20. 20. addition to the above, he believes that in this competitive profession, it is not enough to have high billings; being genuine, compassionate, and approachable is equally important for a more fruitful and longer career. Despite his achievements, he feels that creating a legacy like his father will require him to strike a balance on the above. Taking into consideration, the current pandemic, and its impact on global economies, how are you driving your firm to sustain operations and ensuring safety of your employees at the same time? With a series of lockdowns and non-functional courts, Covid-19 probably presented the biggest challenge to the lawyers, particularly the litigators. All business sectors including the legal sector were deeply impacted. The initial phase was very tough with a complete lockdown, poor cash flows, increasing costs and a lot of uncertainties. Having understood the importance and dependency on technology, Mr. Ahluwalia erected the required infrastructure for virtual office for supporting and seamlessly communicating with clients. Anticipating a possible surge in arbitration works, he further utilized his time to complete an online course on International Arbitration from the Eiden University. Team is very important for running a successful litigation practice and throughout the lockdown, he ensured that the team is engaged (in other knowledge building activities, creating an IT enabled repository of all data/ information available in the office, ensuring its safety, security, and availability) and well taken care of. This period allowed him to concentrate on some thought leadership initiatives including penning down a few articles which got published across legal publications and organizing a few webinars including those on ICSID and Force Majeure. With passage of time and relaxation on the restrictions, Mr. Ahluwalia focused on employment and compliance related advisory work from our existing clients across sectors. He further collaborated with few other firms from south and western India to source work and develop sharable knowledge through online initiatives. No office can function without the effective support of the staff. Despite all hardships he continued to support his junior colleagues and court clerks with sufficient salary and monthly allowance for grocery in order to meet their ends comfortably. The pandemic has helped him to evolve as a more compassionate, accommodating, independent and tech savvy lawyer. What would be your advice to budding entrepreneurs who aspire to venture into the legal services sector? Mr. Ahluwalia echoes his dad's thoughts, which says "Goodwill flows faster than the water". Lawyers willing to make a name for themselves must invest in building their goodwill through hardwork, perseverance, patience, and above all via continued legal education. Money and profits cannot be the focus. The lawyer lives on his goodwill and goodwill lives farther than the lawyer. Every senior lawyer is always known because of his goodwill. Where do you envision your firm to be in the long run and what are your future goals? To Mr. Ahluwalia "Success is both relative and seasonal" – i.e. it is different for different people and changes over time. In the long run besides running a very successful Law practice and creating a legacy like his father, Mr. Ahluwalia would like to take up more social causes and even teaching. In addition to the positive outcomes for their clients, a lawyer yearns for knowledge, appreciation for his contribution towards the profession and the society at large. Hence, he aspires to transform from a good lawyer to a great lawyer. 22 | JULY 2021 | www.insightssuccess.in
  21. 21. "I had the occasion to see his legal acumen as he has been appearing before my court in civil, commercial, constitutional and arbitration matters. As a lawyer he was always seen well prepared in his case and his in-depth knowledge of diverse subjects was reflected in his arguments." Hon'ble Justice (Retd) Kailash Gambhir "We have a long-standing relationship with Mr. SS Ahluwalia. His professionalism and thoroughness is exemplary. As lead Counsel, he has successfully represented our business interests on various forums with utmost professionalism and commitment." Ms. Pooja Singhla, DGM (Law) – IFCI "During my interaction with learned Counsel Shri S.S. Ahluwalia, and his representing me during various court hearings, I have found him highly professional, responsible and sincere legal practitioner. He possesses a rich knowledge of various Laws, Acts, Rules and Procedures. He exhibits extraordinary communication, analytical and research skills. He listens patiently to his clients and addresses their concerns with an open mind and positive attitude. Needless to say, these qualities of Counsel S.S. Ahluwalia instill tremendous confidence in his clients. Coupled with his vast knowledge of legal procedures, he is able to argue his case with considerable courage of conviction." Mr. O.P. Bhola- EX- IFS, GoI WORDS ENCOURAGEMENT www.insightssuccess.in | JULY 2021 | 23
  22. 22. Legal Content Demystified 24 | JULY 2021 | www.insightssuccess.in
  23. 23. How Credible is Legal Content on Social Media? O ver the last few years, social media has grown in leaps and bounds. Nowadays, it appears that everyone has a profile on various platforms. This has also become a significant aspect of the legal sector. For individuals working in the current corporate world, including the legal profession, social media offers a plethora of opportunities. As a lawyer, you may use social media to grow your practise while also building a positive reputation among potential customers. In many respects, social networking may help lawyers progress their careers by allowing them to interact with peers and local practises in their area. Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google + are some of the most prominent platforms in the legal business. When these channels are handled properly, social media may yield significant returns, making the effort worthwhile. Attorneys can employ a few social media methods to their advantage. To begin with, social media is effective at amplifying blogs, articles, and opinions. It is a fantastic idea to share a new article on social media platforms when someone publishes a new piece on his or her legal website. To increase traffic to the piece itself, lawyers can tweet or publish a link to it on Facebook. In this way, social media can assist lawyers in amplifying their content and increasing their visibility. It is critical for people to exercise patience as they attempt to build their number of followers. It is a good idea for attorneys to communicate with one another via these platforms in order to boost their internet visibility. www.insightssuccess.in | JULY 2021 | 25
  24. 24. The Context of Social Media Environment The concept of social media defies formal definition due to its ever-evolving nature, although it is often seen as a by- product of the growth of Web 2.0, which allows all users to create and apply web content in a participatory and collaborative manner. A key focal point of the social media context has been the relative simplicity with which people with similar personal and/or professional interests can build an online profile, post information about their interests, and engage with others on a website. Such interactions could take the shape of people sharing their thoughts, experiences, films, and photographs via online tools like blogs, message boards, podcasts, wikis, and vlogs. The rise of social networking sites (SNS) such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Myspace, YouTube, Wikipedia, and Google Plus, to name a few, has been one of the most significant developments contributing to the ever-changing character of the social media context. Here are five guidelines to help you avoid getting into problems on various social networking platforms: Online Contests & Promotions Online contests and promotions are a great way to get your name out there. Examine the platform's Terms of Service (TOS) or other equivalent standards. These are the guidelines that must be followed. Facebook provides some extremely detailed instructions. “On Facebook, promotions can be run on Pages or within applications. Personal Timelines are not permitted to be used to manage promotions (for example, “share on your Timeline to enter” or “share on your friend's Timeline to gain more entries”). Reviews Users can discuss their experiences and submit ratings for different businesses on sites like Yelp. Negative reviews can be damaging to a business, so some owners may be leery of review sites. However, some companies may have gone too far in fighting unfavourable reviews by including restrictions in consumer contracts prohibiting customers from publishing negative comments about them online. Consumers' rights to submit negative online reviews were recently protected by a California legislation. “The bill prohibits businesses from forcing customers into contracts in which they waive their right to speak about the service they receive, and it also prohibits firms from penalising customers for such statements,” according to a Washington Post article. Endorsements Disclosure is critical when bloggers and others write about items and services on the internet. If they were paid or given free things by a firm and then wrote about them, that relationship must be declared in a way that the reader can understand. To ensure that endorsements are honest and not misleading to the public, the Federal Trade Commission updated its Endorsement Guides to include social media. Photographs When it comes to photos that are shared online, social media and the law frequently conflict. Cute baby animal photos and elegantly prepared cupcakes can be difficult to refuse. We want to not only gaze at them, but also share them with our friends. Before you utilise that photo, do not assume it's yours just because you found it on the internet. Many, if not all, pictures are copyrighted and belong to the photographer. Before you utilise something, try to discover the source and get permission. Owners of protected material may request that it be removed from sites like Pinterest, where photographs are shared by Pinning. If you receive information that a Pin has been removed from Pinterest due to a copyright violation, it implies that the content of the Pin has been removed from Pinterest at the request of the content's owner. According to Pinterest's Copyright website, "if your account receives too many copyright complaints, you may lose the ability to Pin new content on Pinterest and your account may be terminated permanently." Employee Rights Employers should think twice before dismissing staff based on bad social media remarks. Employees may have the right to vent about their bosses online in the same way that consumers have the right to write bad evaluations about businesses online. A recent judgement by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) concerns individuals who were unlawfully terminated by their employer for Facebook behaviour, according to a Nixon Peabody blog post. “The NLRB decided that the two employees did not denigrate their employer's products or services, rather they used social media to seek and provide mutual support for a group activity addressing the terms and circumstances of employment,” according to the NLRB report. The only way to avoid walking off that figurative pier is to keep an eye on how the legislation surrounding social media grows. -Ashish Chandgude 26 | JULY 2021 | www.insightssuccess.in
  25. 25. Founded by Anshuman Shrivastava in 2013 with a vision to be a leading and trusted law firm, delivering reliable legal services across practice areas, Shrivastava Law Associates is a full-service law firm. It has offices in New Delhi, Bilaspur and Raipur. Shrivastava Law Associates offers a broad spectrum of legal services and specializes in litigation and arbitration, mines and minerals, environmental law, election laws, corporate and commercial advisory, commercial contracts, and business laws, labor and employment laws, real estate, telecom laws, consumer laws, intellectual property, and taxation. Following a proactive and innovative approach to serving the legal and business needs of clients, it strives towards delivering value. Shrivastava Law Associates believes in providing genuine and wholesome services to clients by meticulously dissecting all issues involved and making an honest representation to uphold their best interests. The Firm has advised and represented various clients, ranging from leading politicians, Indian conglomerates, state-level corporate entities, banks, financial institutions, real estate companies, industrial houses, and private individuals. More of the firm’s dynamics are revealed in the interview given below by Anshuman and Abhijeet Shrivastava: Brief us on how you have made an impact in the Indian legal sector through your services? Shrivastava Law Associates is recognized for its Disputes (Litigation & Arbitration), Labour & Employment, Metals & Mining, Constitutional & Election Laws, Real Estate and Restructuring practice. Over the period of last 8 years, under the aegis of the founding partner, the partners of the firm have had more than 10,000 successful appearances for more than ____ matters across various courts including the Supreme Court of India; and High Courts of Delhi, Punjab & Haryana, Maharashtra, Chattishgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Karnataka, among others besides the appellate tribunals and other quasi-judicial bodies. The Firm has an excellent team of experienced and qualified lawyers who integrate their skills to provide comprehensive legal advice and strategy on complex commercial issues, which meet client needs and expectations. The firm’s partners bring hands-on experience and approach to each assignment from a strategic perspective by understanding client objectives and by identifying potential issues that are likely to emerge. Its partner-driven practice ensures that each client enjoys a high level of personal service and has the advantage of discussing matters directly with a partner. Brief us about yourself and your journey in the legal industry. The Firm traces its roots in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh where the idea of starting the firm was conceptualized. It has been an interesting journey for Anshuman, being a second-generation lawyer and having worked outside of India, to come back and set up his firm. At the Firm, with an extensive experience of a decade, he specializes in commercial advisory & litigations. His practice area extends to Commercial Contracts & Business Laws, Labour & Employment Laws, Mines & Minerals, Real Estate, Telecom Laws, Consumer Laws, and Administrative & Election Laws. An alumnus of Cardiff University (LLB) and University of Anshuman and Abhijeet Shrivastava O ering a Broad Spectrum of Expert Legal Services Anshuman Shrivastava Founder and Managing Partner 28 | JULY 2021 | www.insightssuccess.in
  26. 26. Wales (LLM), he has represented around 100 + Clients ranging from Multinational Companies to professionals in various industries. Some of his key matters include representing a leading business group in India for steel manufacturing business in various matters involving Constitutional, Commercial, Taxation, and Arbitration related issues, advised a Semi- Government company in suit for recovery, advised and represented a leading Real Estate group in India before the Supreme Court, advised Insurance Companies in State Commission and National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission amongst many more. Abhijeet Shrivastava is a Partner at Shrivastava Law Associates (SLA). At the Firm, he specializes in Litigation, Arbitration, and Corporate practice areas. An alumnus of Jindal Global Law School, Haryana (LLB) and Durham University, United Kingdom (LLM); he is a home-grown litigator having successfully large companies, multi- nationals, business groups, PSUs and Government departments in the Supreme Court, various High Courts, and Appellate Tribunals & Judicial fora’s including NCLT, NCLAT, NGT, TDSAT, etc. Abhijeet’s caseload involves cases with significant commercial sensitivity and reputational implications. Having successfully represented 100+ clients, he is often called upon for quick advice on challenging legal situations including those related to boardrooms. He has also done specialized courses in Corporate Law and Commercial Law from the London School of Economics. He is a Member of the Supreme Court Bar Association of India, Madhya Pradesh State Bar Association, Delhi High Court Bar Association and International Law Association. What were the challenges you came across when you decided to start a venture that catered to the legal services sector? Even though a second-generation lawyer, setting up a law firm had its inherent challenges of expectation, building a successful law practice without compromising on ethics and values. Relationships can only help to some extent but results and perception do matter. Hence, it required a lot of hard work and dedication to build the practice bit by bit. Thankfully, our hard work and dedication were equally matched by the commitment of the team and the staff, ensuring we remain ahead of the curve despite relatively being new to the industry as a firm. Taking into consideration, the current pandemic, and its impact on global economies, how are you driving your firm to sustain operations and ensuring the safety of your employees at the same time? The lockdowns during Covid-19 have deeply affected the lawyers, particularly the litigators. Besides, setting up a fully functional virtual office for our team and the clients, we have also ensured a regular client engagement program and a work from home policy for our staff. With office records being digitized and DMS being implemented, we have ensured the accessibility of documents and our availability for the clients. Be HONEST to yourself and the PROFESSION. Never allow COMPLACENCY to seep in and therefore, always walk that extra mile to add VALUE “ “ The Best Lawyers for the Supreme Court of India Abhijeet Shrivastava Partner www.insightssuccess.in | JULY 2021 | 29
  27. 27. In fact, we had a busy Labour & Employment practice with our clients needing support with employment contracts, HR policies, and new compensation structures. Our knowledge initiatives to keep our clients remain abreast with Covid- risk assessment (related to business) and their effective mitigation was appreciated by our clients and prospects. What would be your advice to budding entrepreneurs who aspire to venture into the legal services sector? Client-focused approach and Integrity go a long way. Always keep yourself updated at least in our profession. Where do you envision your firm to be in the long run and what are your future goals? Success is very relative and to us it includes a lot of things besides the size and turnover of an organization. The Partners of the Firm envisions creating a legacy that is revered for its professional conduct, social awareness, and integrity, giving back to the community and contributing to the betterment of society. What could be the future landscape of the legal sector in India? Would the adoption of eCourts be successful? Indian legal sector is going through a sensitive phase, like any other sector, it is trying to revive from the after-effects of Covid-19. While lawyers, judiciary and the allied legal systems are gearing up and slowly embracing technology and virtual modes of operation, the uncertainty is still there. Select Key Matters Handled: • Secured significant relief for the clients before the Supreme Court of India in a loan moratorium issue, whereby compound interest was arbitrarily charged by banks on those who availed moratoriums on loans during the covid-19 pandemic. • Secured significant relief for the Home Buyers of Jai Prakash Limited (JAL) on the issue of disbursement of Rs. 750 Crores (which was deposited by JAL) before the Supreme Court of India. • Successfully represented a renowned politician of a reputed political party before the Supreme Court of India on the issue of admissibility of electronic records under Section 65B of the Evidence Act. • Represented a retired public servant before the Supreme Court of India on the issue of obtaining prior sanction of the Governor for initiation of departmental inquiry and got the said issue referred to a larger bench for consideration. • Assisted and represented a major Newspaper Publishing House before the Supreme Court in contempt proceedings arising out of implementation of the Majithia Wage Board Recommendations for minimum protection of pay and social security to Journalists throughout India. • Represented and assisted a major global Chartering Company in Arbitration against its shipping disputes with Steel Authority of India, a Maharatna Corporation of the Government of India, arising in the wake of the Global Financial Crisis of 2009. • Successfully represented and assisted in a matter pertaining to initiation of criminal proceedings for evasion of Stamp Duty before the Supreme Court of India. While the corporate lawyers have acquainted themselves to operate in virtual mode like their clients, it is heartening to see the progress in the adoption of e-courts. It is true that despite efforts being made to develop and enhance the use of technology, challenges related to basic infrastructure and internet connectivity divide, still persists across states and district courts. Adequate data speed and data volume are basic needs that are not uniformly available across the country. This creates a disparity in accessing eCourts systems and services. The foundation ode courts are based on a digital platform to enhance access, amplify existing capacities, and improve the efficiency of the overall judicial administration system through simplified procedures. Given that most judicial processes and procedures evolved in the pre-digital age, it is critical to examine whether such processes continue to remain relevant in a digital age or can be simplified and transformed to better serve justice. Existing processes must be re-evaluated and re-designed (if need be) for conformity and be made more efficient using technology to enable courts to deliver services not previously conceivable. 30 | JULY 2021 | www.insightssuccess.in

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