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CEO @Lawsikho. National award-winning poet. I built the largest law blog in the world. Cancelled for hosting a webinar about seduction.
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14 Jul
I recently spoke to around 20 in-house counsels, and asked them how things have changed since lockdown started.

What are their priorities and concerns in the post-COVID world?

#law #lawyers #lawstudents #lawsikho #inhousecounsel
What I learned was quite instructive!

Btw, if you are giving any in-house counsel job interviews in the next 12- 24 months, make sure you are able to explain how you can help the business with all these issues described here.

Even talking about these issues will set you apart.
If you are a litigator or a law firm lawyer, read these issues very thoroughly because this is what your clients are dealing with. Make sure you show sensitivity and understanding of their situation when you deal with your corporate clients next.
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17 May
I thought I knew a lot about gender justice. I have been trying to do my bit through lots of initiatives at my end, such as free legal helpline for victims of sexual blackmail, writing how-to blogposts for women who need legal help in a host of issues...
that are read by thousands of people every day, and supporting feminist causes wherever I could.

And so I assumed that I am beyond misogyny and sexism. How can anyone question me? I was not willing to consider or reflect on my own behaviour.
So when I was called out for doing an inappropriate webinar and called sexist, I was bewildered. Sexist? Who, me? Do you know what all I have been doing last 10 years to support women's fight for equality?

HOW CAN YOU CALL ME SEXIST? HOW DARE YOU CALL ME SEXIST?
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16 May
What’s up with the apology?

So the tweetstorm that started last night has not subsided, and it’s mostly about why LawSikho and I have not apologised for last night’s webinar with Kshitij Sehrawat, a dating coach.
Actually, there are lots of questions. It is possible that if I answer that one question in one way, as in the nature of mobs on social media, it would be overly generalised, taken out of context and further retweetable content created out of it.
So I would at least save you the trouble, create all the content for you myself and in the process hopefully will be able to convey the entire story of what happened last night.

Let me unpack the questions one by one.
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3 Jan
What would be the path and intensity of a tornado?

Edward Lorenz, a scientist, made an insane discovery.

#path #Laws #lawyers #lawsikho
Even the flapping of the wings of a butterfly that occurred several weeks prior can greatly influence the ultimate outcome of how and where the tornado forms, how far it travels and how soon it ceases to exist.

Ridiculous, right?
Let me quote from a celebrated scientific paper:

“one flap of a sea gull's wings would be enough to alter the course of the weather forever. The controversy has not yet been settled, but the most recent evidence seems to favor the seagulls.”
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31 Dec 19
It's not just end of a year, today we say good bye to an entire decade. Today is the last day of teenage for the twenty first century. From tomorrow, it will be twenty plus!

#decade #investments #time #lawyers #laws #lawsikho
I am sure we are all going to party tonight. And reflect back at the decade we are leaving behind.

It would perhaps take a few years to understand what this decade was all about.
For India, 90s were about economic liberalisation, globalization, rise of engineering and IT, the first computers and ridiculous bollywood movies we fell in love with.

90s was the decade when love marriage began to become the aspirational thing.
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27 Dec 19
Are you a law firm lawyer or litigator looking to shift into an in-house role? It is a great idea.

#opportunities #counsel #jobs #lawyers #lawsikho
This is a line of work that has gained a lot of prominence and is an in-demand choice for young lawyers.
Law firms have not remained as attractive as they used to be, as the horror stories of long nights at work, cruel partners, boiler room situations on a daily basis and difficult work conditions have made it less attractive for millennial lawyers.
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5 Dec 19
What is the biggest hurdle for young lawyers and law students on the way to success as a lawyer?

#lawyers #negativity #environment #success
I would say it is the general negativity and environment of doom and gloom that every young lawyer in this country is subjected to. Junior lawyers are given horrible advice all the time.

I was watching a video today, where a woman was being interviewed. She was driving a truck.
When she was asked, she informed that she is a lawyer, but when her husband died she was forced to turn to drive a truck for regular income.

Here is the link of the video:
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3 Dec 19
I thought it is impossible for me to do a 5 mins plank.

Ramit Sethi once announced a challenge on his blog. Either do a 5 minutes plank or do 1000 push-ups.

#impossible #challenge #practice #Lawyers #law #lawsikho
In my experience, I could not even do 1-minute plank, so I did not even try. That one looked impossible. I and my 2 cofounders that time attempted to do 1000 push-ups. I did 500 in one hour thirty minutes and gave up.
But I saw that 1000 was not impossible. If I just kept doing one at a time, with some break of 10-15 seconds, I could keep going and finished all 1000.

But what kind of person can do a 5 minute plank without a break?
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30 Nov 19
Have you met someone who loves doing what they do? Someone whose joy of doing some work is so infectious that it inspires those around him or her?

#lawyer #lawsikho #lawyersindia #vakeel #lawschool #indianlawyers #lawyerlife #lawyered #lawyering
Mother Teresa was known for that quality. It was such a matter for passion for her to help the most unfortunate, and she stood by the helpless with such passion and interest, that it inspired millions of others to follow suit.
When I read great poetry, it calls forth the poet in me, and I feel like sitting down to write some poetry again.

There are some books, which I can’t read more than 2 pages at a time. Why?
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29 Nov 19
Many law students and young lawyers complain to me that they are not able to enroll in our premium courses because of money issues.

#Opportunities #moneyissues #law #lawyers #lawsikho
However, if you are having money issues already, it will not only be for enrolling in our courses alone but everywhere else in your life is probably stuck for want of money.
Maybe you want to watch a movie, but you have to stop yourself. Maybe you want to give a treat to your friends, but you can’t. Maybe you want to travel the world, but money is stopping you. I know the feeling.
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28 Nov 19
Is it too crazy to start your own practice early in your career or to dream of building your own law firm?

#dream #career #lawfirms #lawyers #Laws #lawsikho
The question haunted me for many years. In 2012 April, as I sat atop a ledge of very posh The Address in Dubai, quite drunk, and watched Trilegal lawyers party with Allen & Overy partners, I wondered what it would take if I wanted to start my own law firm and succeed.
If not as big as Trilegal, could I start a law firm that earned at least 1 crore a year? Is that too big a dream?

I have so far built 3 organizations that blasted past that milestone, in less than a year in the last 2 attempts.
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27 Nov 19
I read something that Steve Jobs said about Sony founder and grandfather of consumer-electronics Akio Morita:

“He expressed his love for the human species in every product he made.”

#Expressions #express #love #Lawyers #Laws #lawsikho
That is probably something that inspired Steve Jobs because when you use an Apple product, you can feel that love. Today you have many products that are almost as good as Apple, but there was a time when Apple products were literally revolutionary, out of the world.
I have gone through 5-6 laptops since my father bought me the first one when I got through to NUJS. The first one had to last for 4 years till I could afford to buy another to replace the battered Compaq.
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26 Nov 19
Suneeth Katarki started IndusLaw with 3 other batchmates from the National Law School of India, Gomatham Sridhar, Srinivas Katta, and Srinivasa Raghavan in the year 2000.

#startup #lawfirms #lawyer #law #lawsikho
At that point, they just had 4 years of experience each. Suneeth and one more partner were into corporate law, while two others were into litigation.

In 2019, almost two decades later, IndusLaw is a behemoth.
They are present in all 3 major legal markets of Delhi, Bangalore, and Mumbai in full strength and even have a Hyderabad office which was rated the best law firm in Hyderabad for several years.
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25 Nov 19
My most productive time in the day is the morning. And morning is the time I end up wasting very often, because I have the whole day to work, right?

#productive #Time #lawyers #law #lawsikho
When I was younger, I mostly worked late at night. I found that time to be serene and less distracting. Also, as I didn’t get the work done the entire day, sometimes I was just forced to work hard late at night.
I even got convinced that I am not a morning person, but someone who needs to stay up late and work. I called myself a night owl.

However, entertaining such fantasies while I was in college was easier.
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19 Nov 19
It’s not my fault that the work is not done!

I always watch out for people who would not take responsibility for the end result and want to keep such people at bay.

#law #lawyers #lawstudents #learning #lawsikho
So does everyone who has the experience of handling a team, a business, or any responsible position.

There are two kinds of people out there - some of them have learned how to get things to work,
And there are those who can give you impeccable reasons for why things did not work.

I try to find how can I make things work when it is not supposed to work, and I have made a career out of it.
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18 Nov 19
I was talking to a friend today. She is a specialist in work like SEO and social media. She is hard-pressed for some work, and I suggested trying out online marketplaces.

#professional #market #success #lawyers #lawsikho
After all, these services are in really high demand these days, and there is a lot of freelance work out there one can do.

She told me that she is not able to get any work from Upwork or Fiverr. Those platforms don’t work for me, she said.
Why is that? Well, I have posted some amazing services but nobody buys them!

Crazy. How is the service amazing if nobody wants it? Why are you creating novel and unique services? Why not provide the services people already want and posting about?
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16 Nov 19
In the last one week, I have been to 3 cities and at least a dozen campuses. And I am clear that there are two kinds of people out there in our law colleges. This includes teachers, students, and administration.

#environment #victim #law #lawyers #lawsikho
There are some people who have come to believe that there are no opportunities, too many obstacles and that the sweet status quo is comfortable and they can sustain in it.
They remind everyone that better things are not possible and recount the number of past failures to justify no progress. They believe that luck and privilege is the key to all success, and there is no other way we can achieve any significant success.
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15 Nov 19
I have been writing about habits for a while. Naturally, I have got many questions about what are the most important habits for lawyers to cultivate. I think this is a very important question.

#habits #successful #lawyers #law #lawsikho
I have been studying successful lawyers for a while, through my interviews on Superlawyer, or when I interview successful lawyers on our Legal Practice Management Course on what led to their success.
We also have a lot of such events at LawSikho office with top lawyers, clips of which interactions you can watch on the LawSikho YouTube channel here.
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12 Nov 19
While the profile and attraction of in-house legal roles have drastically increased, understanding of what it takes to be a successful in-house counsel......

#successful #Legal #Counsel #lawyers #lawsikho
And how it is different from a role in a law firm or litigator is not very well understood by a vast majority of lawyers who want in-house jobs.

I spoke to 5 CEOs who have hired General Counsels or set up a legal team to learn about their experiences.
What they said was markedly different than usually what the in-house counsels have to say.

Since it is often a CEO or CFO who decides who to hire as a General Counsel or Legal Head, I think this advice would be pretty important!
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9 Nov 19
It was November, 2017. Just about 2 years back.

I was at the peak of my obesity. I weighed a solid 107 Kgs. It is not like I didn’t know what was happening to me.

#approaches #successful #hardworkpaysoff #Lawyers #lawsikho
I had body pain almost every day. I drank too much and smoked a lot. I was on the verge of a depression. I didn’t feel the greatest.

This was while I was fighting hard to keep LawSikho afloat during a few very troublesome period.
I decided to give that all my energy and life force. LawSikho must not only survive, but thrive. I am glad to say we have come much further than what I could foresee back then.
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8 Nov 19
I think that I am very lucky that I learned to be an entrepreneur early on. I look at law practice from the point of view of an entrepreneur. MBAs are not all that different.

#entrepreneur #lawpractice #Lawyer #lawsikho
How do you think an MBA will plan a legal practice or a law firm?

I have that experience. When I was starting ClikLawyer, I thought of it as a startup and not a law practice, though in hindsight I realize that it was just a super specialized, hyper-systematic law practice,
If I set aside the semantics and legal structure. Technically, it was not a law practice, due to regulatory compulsions.

It is a pity that most lawyers do not think like that while setting up their law practice or building a law firm.
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