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LexTalk World Talk Show with Nupur Jain


Ms. Nupur Jain is an Advocate practicing in the Bombay High Court, SAT, SEBI and Intellectual property rights matters. Ms. Jain graduated from Rizvi Law College, Mumbai in 2018 and then completed her LLM in Intellectual property rights from the University of Mumbai. She was a visiting faculty at Government Law College where she taught Environmental Law. Before starting her independent practice, Ms. Jain has gained experience in Regstreet Law Advisors, Ascurio Law firm and Abhisekh Lakhotia & Co. Her specialization includes Wills, Prenuptial agreements, drafting of notices and consumer complaints, dispute resolution and Intellectual property rights.

Interview:


Host: What motivated you to choose the Legal sector as a domain of work and how has been your career span?


Nupur: I come from a family of lawyers, my great maternal and paternal grandfathers, and my mother. My paternal grandfather, Mr. Mangalchand Baid was the Legal Head of erstwhile Esso Standard and now Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited. It was his legacy and my mother’s unconditional support which helped me to achieve all of this.


Law is an excellent match for my personality and strengths. To start with, I have a great memory, excellent communication and argumentation skills. I am also extremely ambitious but have a strong moral code at the same time, which I believe is a good combination for any lawyer.


My grandmother dragged my mother and me into a 12-year court struggle when my father passed away without a will, which was ultimately resolved through mediation. Naturally, I began to investigate alternative dispute resolution, which protects the parties' best interests, avoids conflicts, is less time-consuming, and isn't as complicated as going to court.


Since I have a natural inclination to stand up for what is right, I started pro bono work for stray animals at a very early age and become a member of the Animal Welfare Board of India under the Ministry of Forest, Environment and Climate Change.


I started my career as a professional lawyer after obtaining my degree from Rizvi Law College in Mumbai in 2018. I worked at Regstreet Law Advisors for a few months and simultaneously started pursuing my LL.M. in Intellectual Property Rights from the University of Mumbai. I was also a visiting faculty member at the Government Law College, where I taught Environmental Law for a semester.


In 2019, I mustered the courage to focus on preparing for the Union Public Services Examination. I wasn’t successful in my venture, but these 2 years of preparation helped enhance my thought process. I restarted my legal career as the Legal Head of a Private Limited Company, where my key responsibilities were to research, draft contracts and agreements, coordinate compliance and due diligence as per company law, and negotiate. As a legal practitioner, I started my own independent practice, and my focus areas are dispute resolution, arbitration, and family law.


Host: What are the different challenges and opportunities that you have or had faced while working in this field?


Nupur: Justice Indu Malhotra, a well-known Supreme Court judge, once said in a conference that even in the 21st century, women advocate faces difficulty, to establish themselves, to grow their network which is an important thing in the legal field.


My struggle with salary and time was one of my biggest obstacles. Women were compensated less than men for work that was more effective and of higher quality. There were several late evenings when I struggled to get home safely and was not given any drop-off services. One of the firms had a single restroom for men and women, and no trash can. It was really challenging for me to use the restroom, and I frequently needed to walk to the nearby mall to use their restrooms.


The law firms offered us a lot of opportunities despite the fact that there were a lot of difficulties. My mentors showed me how to do research and go deeply into any subject. Daily obstacles were put in front of me, which kept me moving forward. They helped me learn how to negotiate and deal with conflict. I acquired patience and tenacity from my mentors. I discovered that I should keep looking for answers.


Host: If you have worked on any such projects, would you like to share your experiences or your aim and objective based on which you conducted them?


Nupur: According to Daksh, an NGO that analyzed the performance of the judiciary revealed that property disputes and family conflicts clog our judicial system, with 88% of cases being filed under these headings.


If everyone put together a will and/or partition agreement, the backlog in the legal system would be greatly reduced, and the estate would be distributed in accordance with the descendant's wishes rather than according to the standard distribution under the law of intestacy, avoiding unnecessary litigation, providing for children with special needs or other people who need financial support after a person's death, and it would keep the family together and prevent contentions within the family.


In one case, within a couple of months of drafting the will and making a partition agreement, the descendant died in an accident, and his estate was distributed as per his wishes and without any dispute.

 

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