Is The Rule of Law a Loser’s Last Resort?

 

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How Can Young Lawyers Make Love? Answer: By Lying

You must meet your love at least once a week when she will take eternity by the hand, go out on a Friday evening because suddenly there is this fantastic blockbuster which you must see on the first evening hand in hand or perhaps he has seen this dress that he must buy for you and without you, the charm of getting the gift is gone.

All very fine, but you have already made a reputation as a mountain-mover who is never absent from work and who completes every task set in record time. By Protik Da

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Protik Da’s Mega Shortcut in Legal Drafting: Draft an application for stay in connection with an appeal in 40 minutes

Over the years, I have developed a method which can reduce the toughest of applications for stay in connection with an appeal to a forty minute interlude between other things you have to do.

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What I Have Learnt From Each of My Juniors- By Protik Da

Now, in alcohol-soft middle age, though imbibing is a thing of the distant past, ruined liver and wasted throat my constant companions, I have finally found the one thing that unites all chamber juniors and distinguishes them from the others:- they have become part of my life, just as I had darkened every waking hour of theirs.

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How Lawyers Argue a Court Case: “The Phrases of The Complete Lawyer”

We start submitting before the Court saying “May it please your Lordship” and then pause a moment, as if unless the Hon’ble Judge says “Thank You” (as they ought to and as at least one Hon’ble Judge in my experience used to say) we would simply stop talking, and punctuate every second sentence with a “My Lord” and after the case is decided, if it goes in our client’s favour “Much obliged to your Lordship” or “Grateful to your Lordship” and if it goes against us, “As your Lordship please” or “So be it, My Lord”. By Protik Da

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Speaking Confidently Before the Court: From a Croaking Bullfrog to a Barking Bulldog | By Protik Da

The trick, if you call it that, is psyching yourself into believing that the man in front and sitting up so high, is just a distant but grumpy relative who is a stickler for politeness and formality but whom you must please to be remembered in the Will. By Protik Da

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Self Unemployed Professional: (Fresh Out of Law School and With No One to Give Support)

Imagine yourself fresh out of law school and without uncles, parents or family friends to sponsor you through those first awkward years in Court. No Senior whom you know, no chambers to attend since you do not have the proper references and those who are willing to take you without references being slave drivers or worse.
By Protik Prokash Banerji

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How to Write Legal Opinions

An opinion, as I see it, must set out the questions on which it is sought very clearly and unambiguously. If the Querist (which is what we call a person who seeks the opinion) is himself confused, his questions will be equally mindless. It is your duty as a lawyer to unravel his tangled skein of thought, identify the issues that are material and on which the relief he wants depends, and then frame them as questions. By Protik Da

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6 Tips (Actually More) on Drafting Moot Memorials and Moot Court Strategies- Part I

1. Use precise and simple English in your moot memorials.
2. Present facts from the point of the view of the side which is presenting the memorial.
3. Have a good index and pagination. Using 1, 2,3 and i, ii, iii etc. can be confusing for the judges.
4. Tackle objections which might come from the other side. Negate or distinguish the cases which might be used by the other party.
5. Use spiral binding and good quality paper. Presentation matters.
6. Have multiple copies of every document you want to use. Have one copy for every judge and save time!

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Starting-up a Law Firm, Independent Litigation Practice? Protik Da’s 8 Point Strategy on Getting Paid

At the time of the first conference itself, have the client execute a vakalatnama and pay a token amount as retainer/fees on account. A client who has consulted many other lawyers will feel that you are serious and professional if you do this and at the same time, not be able to easily take his custom elsewhere once he has authorized you to represent him and paid you some money.

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Starting-up a Law Firm, Independent Litigation Practice? How to Get Paid

As a start-up you need to know what the market will bear and how much you can charge. Over the years, the erosion and escape of capital from West Bengal the scope of high ticket litigation has decreased. It is now very much of too few cases being chased by too many lawyers.

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Love is Vastly Overrated, Give Me Healthy Lust Any Time

I am not happy about either choice; because if it is the latter, then you will never ultimately be happy, since you will keep on blaming, at least sub-consciously, the love of your life for holding you back from what you think, you could have been or when you compare your 1.5 lakhs a month at the end of your professional life with those bookish, nerdish friends who are pulling ten times as much and were doing so when you plateaued out. If you take the former, then you will have no life at all. By Protik Da

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The Art of Silence When Arguing in Court

There is something that is even more necessary than speaking to being a good counsel. That is the art of silence; of knowing when not to speak. By Protik Prokash Banerji

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A Junior Professional Lover (Lawyer)

In a voice steeped in love and overwhelmed with fear—a balancing act that makes you sound like a frog with a sore throat—you finally say “Hi babbu”, cupping the phone to your ear and lips, whatever, and making small sounds that could have been dry kisses; she just called since she was missing you so much, especially since its been two hours since you last met at the CCD just after Court when you had told everyone that you were going to visit your sick aunt at the hospital, and she was wondering whether you could meet her for a while at the Mall because there was this new dress that she had seen and she just had to check it out with you, so that you could tell her whether it suited her or not. By Protik Da

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