Bijal Ajinkya

Bijal Ajinkya

Senior Partner  |  Khaitan & Co.
JURISDICTION

India

TOP SPECIALISMS

Tax: Planning and Advisory

Q&A

What advice would you give a trainee just starting out?

Work hard and enjoy your work.

Did you have a mentor who supported you in your early career? What was the most valuable thing they taught you?

Yes I did, the most valuable thing I learnt is that I would only be successful if I groom two more successful juniors.

What do you think will be the most significant trend in your practice over the next 12 months?

Hybrid working.

What's your favourite midnight snack when you're in late from the office?

Grilled sandwich


Abhijit Joshi

Abhijit Joshi

Founding & Managing Partner  |  Veritas Legal
JURISDICTION

India

TOP SPECIALISMS

Estates: Planning

Family Governance

Relocation and Cross-Border Advisory

Q&A

What advice would you give a trainee just starting out?

It's quite simple. Exhibit a great work ethic with enthusiasm and inquisitiveness, ask questions, be logical, work hard and be patient. The rest will follow.

What do you do when you're not working? Any hobbies?

Something I must, in all honesty, advice all youngsters, have hobbies. Unfortunately, work is also my hobby and I have not developed anything meaningful outside work as yet. This should not be the case with you. I have a task to develop a meaningful occupation outside work!!

What would you do if you weren't a lawyer?

I would have been a Singer or would have done something associated with music.

What is the book you'd recommend to everyone?

I have two books to recommend that I have enjoyed. They are both non-fiction. One is a book by Isadore Sharp titled Four Seasons: The Story of a Business Philosophy. It is an inspiring memoir. The next is an old book by Roger Enrico titled The Other Guy Blinked. This is a book of early days of Cola wars. It tells you that in business you can blink and lose a fortune in that split second.


Sunita Singh-Dalal

Sunita Singh-Dalal

Of Counsel  |  Stephenson Harwood
JURISDICTION

United Arab Emirates, Africa, India, United Kingdom, Middle East

TOP SPECIALISMS

Estates: Planning

Family Governance

Q&A

Why did you become a lawyer?

I was deeply inspired by my Late Grandfather, who was also originally a lawyer and who wanted me to follow his path and join Indian politics. I therefore knew that my profession would similarly empower me to bring about positive change and truly make a difference to the lives of others.

What advice would you give a trainee just starting out?

Learn as much as you possibly can and stay focussed, push the boundaries, ask questions with confidence. Never be intimidated to share ideas and knowledge; you bring a fresh perspective with you, so don't underestimate the value of that! Invest in this phase wholeheartedly so as to ensure that you create you a solid foundation for your future.

Did you have a mentor who supported you in your early career? What was the most valuable thing they taught you?

My Late Grandfather was my mentor in my early years. He taught me the importance of excellence and giving back to society positively, so as to leave a legacy to inspire others to do the same.

What do you think will be the most significant trend in your practice over the next 12 months?

The post Pandemic awareness amongst clients in the Middle East, Africa & SW Asia of the absolute necessity of protecting and preserving ancestral wealth, addressing family governance and succession of family businesses inclusively, segregating portfolios of assets (using formal structures), all being undertaken in an impactful and sustainable manner, whilst complying with principles of Sharia' Law (where relevant), is a trend that is on a consistent and steady trajectory.

What do you do when you're not working? Any hobbies?

Spending time with my sons, cooking, entertaining, travelling & horse riding.

What song will never fail to get you on the dance floor?

Volare.