LexTalk World interviews Mr. Rishabh Gupta. Rishabh is a partner of M/s. Prime Juris, Advocate & Solicitors, which primarily practices in Civil, Corporate and Commercial Litigation. Rishabh has served as lead counsel in several matters involving intricate and complex legal issues while representing various Corporate Houses, Financial Institutions, Startups and High-Net-Worth Individuals before Supreme Court of India, Delhi High Court, Tribunals such as National Company Law Tribunal, National Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission, etc and before District courts.
With his years of experience, while working with various Senior Advocates and Tier 1 law firms, he has been exposed to multifarious and multifaceted legal issues. Post his LL.B from Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Rishabh completed his Post-Graduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Rights and Masters in Corporate Law.
HOST: PLEASE BRIEF US ABOUT YOUR JOURNEY AS A LEGAL PROFESSIONAL SO FAR.
RISHABH: My journey as a legal professional began when I was toddler itself and used to see my father getting ready for his arguments and discussing law points with his associates and all such activities cultivated my interest and inclined me towards the profession of law. Soon thereafter, I decided to pursue LL.B, where I participated in various competitions and was successful in securing 1st position in all these competitions, which again inclined my interest towards profession of law. After graduating from the college, I completed my LLM in corporate law and thereafter, I completed Post-Graduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Rights (Trademarks, Copyrights, Patents etc.) After completing my studies, started working with various Senior Advocates and in litigation department of top tier law firms, wherein I represented myriad number of clients varying from Corporate Giants, Blue-chip companies, High-Net Worth Individuals etc etc. After working for some time, I decided to start my own practice and since then, I have not looked back. Today, I am a partner of M/s. Prime Juris, Advocates & Solicitors, a full service law firm based in New Delhi.
Today, I have been involved in diverse areas of practice including commercial and corporate litigation.
HOST: MAJOR MOMENT OF VICTORY IN YOUR CAREER?
RISHABH: I think each case brings a sense of victory in you, when you get a favorable order or favorable relief from judge. Each case teaches you something, honing your skills & shaping your personality. The beauty of some of the work done inside the courtroom is when the consequences can be seen in the world outside. For me, each time the presiding Judge has observed or rule in favor of my clients I represent, is a victory in its own right.
I’ll tell you an instance, when I was arguing for a very big corporate house, wherein not only the stakes were high but it also required interpretation of certain statutory provisions. In such, kind of litigation, even the company was very anxious to get a favorable/relief in their favor. So, for this very case, I had to prepare for the whole night and thereafter, on the very next day, I had to argue for almost the entire day and thereafter, the judge not only gave a favorable order but actually a set aside few minutes within the court-room praising about the arguments advanced. So the relief along with the day that I had and the happiness it brought on the face of my clients, I believe that it was my most victorious case in my career. Achievements come as fruits of your labor.
HOST: CAN WE SAY THAT IT WAS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE CASE?
RISHABH: Well, it is not necessary that your most victorious case, is you’re most memorable case. Ill tell you an example, my most memorable case was in my early days of practice. I used to work as an associate in a law firm in their litigation department and used to regularly brief Mr. Sanjay Poddar Sir, Senior Advocate for a particular client. So, while going to the conference, I had sleepless nights while preparing with the case draft, finding favorable judgments and law points in favour of our client. At the time of briefing, Mr. Sanjay Poddar Sir being impressed with my work gifted me an expensive pen and as such my memories with the most memorable case are not inside the courtroom but outside the court-room.
HOST: HOW DO YOU LOOK AT LAWS PERTAINING TO RECOVERY OF MONEY AND CONTRACTUAL DISPUTES?
RISHABH: There have been lots of changes with respect to laws of recovery of money and contractual disputes. With Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 and Commercial Courts Act, 2015 coming into force, recovery of money has become lot more easier then it used to be 10 years ago. The recent changes that have been made by legislation in implementation of Commercial Courts Act, 2016 in district courts, have been a game changer. The companies committing default in making payments face liquidation proceedings. The law makers time and again make necessary changes in the act by making amendments and making it more efficient. So, is the case with the contractual disputes. Today, in most of the contracts, there is an Arbitration Clause and all such disputes that are governed by the Arbitration Act, wherein Arbitration act is applicable. The recent amendments and the recent judgments passed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court, you will get to see that these cases are getting disposed off very quicky as compared to it used to happen 10 years ago, as such there have been lot of changes and the procedure has become lot more easier and quicker.
HOST: THE PRIMARY AREA OF YOUR WORK RELATES TO CIVIL AND COMMERCIAL LITIGATION AND; AND YOU HAVE BEEN APPEARING BEFORE THE HON’BLE HIGH COURT OF DELHI, TRIAL COURTS, TRIBUNALS AND OTHER JUDICIAL AND QUASI-JUDICIAL FORUMS. WHAT, ACCORDING TO YOU, ARE QUALITIES TO GROW AS A LITIGATOR?
RISHABH: Well, as a lawyer, a person must have a dynamic personality. There are actually multiple things that a lawyer’s personality requires but the most important is, you have to be compassionate, otherwise, you cannot represent the case well. You have to understand where your client stands and his side of the story well.
The most important skill is to have a dynamic personality. A lawyer should have the ability to pay attention to detail as to what the court is asking & wants from you as a lawyer. Absorbing the facts, comprehending the law & updating the knowledge bank is what is expected out of a lawyer.
Attending Court & observing your senior & other counsels during the court proceedings is the key. We actually get to learn the court craft just by observing. So all the skill-set we develop is from our own observation, practice & persistence.
HOST: HOW DO YOU SEE THE FUTURE OF YOUNG LAW PROFESSIONALS?
RISHABH: The future of the profession looks quite promising. Opportunities in the profession are immense. With Law getting more and more complicated and of specialized nature, sincere and smart Lawyers would continue to excel and do extremely well in the profession. The hard-working lawyers would definitely reach great heights.
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