Champions of Indian legal system
AayushmaanGauba & Gunjan Chhabra: Twoenthralling attorneys, partnered for progress
Adwitya Legal isa team of expert lawyers, who are practicing par excellence and resolvingconflicts and legal disputes both in the Country and across borders.
Indian law has straightened out from religiousprescription to the modernistic legal system we have today, traversing throughthe secular legal systems and the common law. These days, we have a hybridlegal system with an amalgamation of civil, common law and customary orreligious law within the legal framework. It was inherited from the colonialera and multifarious legislation first introduced by the British are still ineffect in modified forms. After independence, the legal system emerged as acompulsory element of the world's largest democracy and an important pillar inthe battle to secure the constitutional rights of people. Though, access toquality legal services is still a tough task for a substantial segment of the Indianpopulation due to geographical, resource and infrastructure constraints. Since legal representation is costly and outof reach for many, the need for legal aid arises.
With intent to tackle the needs of people andmaking the availability of legal services more efficient and cost-effective,two attorneys Aayushmaan Gauba and Gunjan Chhabra laid the foundation ofAdwitya Legal in 2015.
Adwitya Legal is a distinct law firm providing acomplete suite of services including Corporate & Commercial Laws, transactionaladvisory, intellectual property, dispute resolution, and arbitrationeffectively and efficiently and specializes in representing major corporationswith diverse business interests in India.
AdwityaLegal is based in New Delhi with an off-shore office in Bangalore. Its clientsare spread across verticals including infrastructure companies, IT/ITES,Ed-tech, real estate, food, retail, fashion, media, healthcare and more. Tilldate, the firm has handled contentious and non-contentious issues in providinglegal opinions as well as dealt with multifarious arbitrations and litigationsranging from StartUps to Fortune 500 companies.
Aayushmaan Gauba is the Partner, IntellectualProperty and Corporate Commercial expert in the company. He initiated hiscareer in 2011 with a Delhi Based Law Firm. Aayushmaan is armed with LL.B. Degree from IP University. He switchedgears to litigation eventually and now has experience of about a decade in thefield. He has experience in working on multi-dimensional and complex litigationand intellectual property matters.
Gunjan Chhabra is the Partner, Dispute Resolution& Arbitration at Adwitya Legal. She has expertise in diverse chamberpractices, and law firms, she also worked with a Delhi based law firm for 6years. Thenceforward, she joined hands with Aayushmaan Gauba at Adwitya Legal,LLP. Apart from being master in variant commercial litigation, Gunjan Chhabrahas developed a specialization in Domestic and International Arbitration. Shecompleted the LL.B top of her class from Amity, Delhi and has also earned hermaster's degree. She is well-known and appreciated for her laborious andobjective attitude with an eye to detail while making any case strategy.
Aayushmaan Gauba and Gunjan Chhabra are the keypartners of the firm and have been spearheading the firm's practice sinceinception. To perceive more about the firm and the team, we interacted withboth partners. Here are the edited excerpts of the interview.
Whatinspired you to establish Adwitya Legal?
While working in law firms, we noticed that veryfew firms and individuals are offering a holistic approach to law. It is theage of expertise, but no document or draft can be prepared in a vacuum. Thefirm Adwitya Legal LLP was set up with this approach. The firm now aims to havelawyers from different fields working and reviewing each document so that nolacunae remain. This is especially advantageous for start-ups, who cannotafford to miss out on any aspect of legal compliance or future challenges whilebuilding their base.
Goingto the next piece, what need have you felt which needs to be filled – and whatare those challenges for the law firms that jump out on their own?
We believe that the most challenging propositionthat law firms need to face is to retain clients and keep moving forward in theface of wins and losses. We move ahead with the approach that, if you lose the case, makes sure you donot lose the client. If you lose a client, make sure you do not lose the Court.If you lose the Court, make sure you do not lose your conscience.
With thisspirit, Adwitya Legal LLP has already won when it has been surviving andthriving for more than four years when most law firms do not survive the first6 months.
Throwsome light on the differentiating factors of Adwitya Legal.
Adwitya Legal LLP has the unparalleled sellingpoint of presenting a holistic approach to every problem, which a client mightpose. We aim to arrive at a legal solution that addresses the expectations ofclients with the legal framework, without ignoring any legal lacunae and futureprospects. We start from making theClient's business compliant, offering structuring advice, drafting employmentand business contracts, NDAs, overlooking IP Protection as well as all possiblestages of dispute resolution. We further have a litigation arm that protectsthe client's interest in case of any untoward breach of contracts or legal andcommon law rights.
Doesthe law take turns from sector to sector? Do the legal questions facingdifferent industries differ and how do you take them on?
There are numerous nitigrities in law and legalcompliances, which may differ from sector to sector. Though law with a fewexceptions does not differ from one industry to another, it is actually how thelaw is applicable to those circumstances. To give you an. Example, trademarklaw is the same for everyone, but recently the government has given someexemptions to startups. It is in situations like these that we have to be ontop of our game while advising clients, particularly startups. This change alsooccurs because of the diversity in the technical and working facets of eachsector. We strive to understand the functions and technicalities of our clientsand support them with their legal issues.
Whatare your thoughts about the Indian legal system and its problems?
We believe that the Indian Legal system is filledwith umpteen numbers of legal luminaries and hardworking lawyers.Notwithstanding, the Indian Legal system is definitely suffering from the issueof delays, which majorly arise due to complexities. Here, if the process ismade straightforward, it would definitely benefit the legal system.
Whatis your take on legal education in India?
There are two aspects of legal education thatshould be improved. First of all, there is the need for a medium to encouragean out of the box thinking in young professionals and the second one is tostrengthen the youth with practical knowledge rather than theoretical knowledge.We also believe that a residency programme for young lawyers, similar to youngdoctors would be a brilliant step.
Theplan and the roadmap for the days ahead
We are planning to expand at a sustainable pace.The goal is to keep learning new things from a legal and an organizationalperspective and to get better at tasks we are already experts at.
Whatadvice would you give law students and currently lawyers aspiring to enter thestartup world?
We advise young legal entrepreneurs to worknon-begrudgingly. These long nights and hard case researches will definitelypay off; move ahead with courage and do not fear in taking risks.