Mr. Akash Sinha graduated from ICFAI Law School in 2009. He started his career as a practising advocate in Delhi. In 2017 he started his own law firm ‘Vera Causa Legal‘ in New Delhi. In this interview he talks about his law school life, changing avenues of litigation and state of affairs for freshers.
Introduce yourself to our readers.
I am Akash Sinha, a practising advocate with ten years’ experience in the profession. I graduated in the year 2009 from ICFAI Law School, Dehradun and after a brief stint under advocates, I started my own independent practice which led to setting up of my Firm Vera Causa Legal in the year 2017 at New Delhi.
How would you describe your law school journey?
Five years at Law school were life-changing for me personally. I wasn’t the most hard-working student during my secondary and senior secondary years but when I started studying Law, I guess I found my calling.
Once I realised the all-pervasive scope of law in our daily lives, things were different. Even though I wouldn’t lie, five years course at that point of time, seemed like a really long period moreover when my friends were already passing out of different courses and getting jobs while I was still an undergraduate.
However, looking back, I believe that the five-year law course is really not that long a course. I was blessed with some great teachers and mentors who helped me figure out my path in life and I’ll always be grateful to them for that.
Do you feel there is a difference between law students from your time to the current students?
I believe that there is not much difference between law students from my time and the current crop of law students apart from the impact of technological evolution on the profession and education.
While students of my generation had to rely on primary research and spending a good deal of time at college and court libraries, the students of the present generation have access to information on their fingertips. The best thing about the law students of this generation is that they look forward to law as a first choice and there is respect and acceptance amongst parents as well for the subject as a career choice.
With mushrooming of internet and social media, access to information and opportunities have grown a lot and I think, it’s a great time to be studying Law and entering the profession.
What were the major events and internships that you pursued in law school?
While I would admit that I did not make as good use of my student years as the current students do, I did participate in a few moot court competitions, constitutional law quiz competitions and essay and debating competition. I was fortunate to have won most of the competitions that I participated in.
Since I was a student of BBA LLB (Hons.) I was fortunate to get internships in both management and legal field. I was blessed to be mentored by Dr D. Venkat Reddy of RVR Associates, Hyderabad who is one of the leading IP advocates of the country today.
I also got exposure in marketing research and operations management at one of the largest exhibition centres in India, HITEX, Hyderabad. My final internship under late Mr. Sambhu Singh (Sr. Advocate) at the Supreme Court was the one where course of my career was decided and I chose Delhi as the place of work for rest of my career.
How did you steer your career in the initial years after law school?
Initial years after law school in the field of litigation are unrelenting and it wasn’t different for me either. Starting salary in litigation is extremely low in India and the fact that after a few months of working with a senior, I decided to start my own practice, made things much more challenging for me.
It was difficult to make ends meet but I did not want to quit litigation and get a corporate job. Fortunately, I got some outsourcing legal content research and writing assignments for foreign clients. The best part of this engagement was that I got acquainted with Common Law developments and emerging concepts which were yet to become part of mainstream Indian legal discourse.
It helped me in my understanding of law and I got confidence to argue such concepts before courts in delhi with success as well. I was also appointed as the faculty mentor for students from my college who came to Delhi for internships.
This not only helped me financially but also kept me in touch with legal studies in my initial years. With the passage of time, the faith of clients and their word of mouth references helped me in cementing my place as a full-time legal professional.
Do you think the competition has risen exponentially since a decade ago?
I believe that the argument of rising competition is a fallacious one. With a rise in population, technological evolution and increase in the number of colleges, a rise in competition is but natural. However, the encouraging part is that the opportunities for young legal professionals have also increased exponentially.
Today, a group of young advocates can start their own work much more easily when compared to a decade back as one gets access to coworking spaces and shared infrastructure much more easily. I am glass half full kind of person and I think India is a land of opportunities for legal professionals as well.
When did you decide to open your own law firm?
It was my lifelong dream to be self-employed and be an employer rather than being employed. While I started my own firm in 2017, prior to this I had a partnership law firm which had to be dissolved due to certain reasons.
I wanted to open my own law firm because I have a certain belief and value system and I wanted my venture and associates to espouse the same values. It took me some time to generate the requisite resources, clientele and a great team so that the plan could succeed. Finally, things fell into place a couple of years back.
What are the types of matters and clients you currently have?
We are a full services law firm and as such have a wide range of services that we cater to our clients. Our services range from IPR services and litigation to company incorporation to liquidation. We also provide services to individual clients, both on the original and appellate side.
Matters before NCLT under the new insolvency law are a rage these days and we are also providing our services to various corporate houses under the new Law.
Tell us about your associates.
A team is only as strong as its weakest link and I am a firm believer in this saying. Vera Causa Legal, being a small boutique firm, needed committed, hungry and persevering associates and we have been lucky to create a good team.
While Kanika has played a critical role since setting up of the firm looking after even small aesthetic issues which often escapes notice and makes sure that we continue to operate as a firm with a difference, Shubham ensures that we build strong and stable client relations.
Even though it wouldn’t be possible to name all the associates, at the end of the day all associates of the firm complement each other, and I am lucky to have them with me.
What do you look for in associates and interns?
I think that good intent helps in creating good professionals. I believe that law has endless possibilities and it is our duty as advocates, to explore those possibilities. The qualities which I look for in associates are perseverance, commitment and an inclination to think out of the box.
Good verbal, written and nonverbal communication skills are essential in this profession and I look for the same in my associates and interns and we also work together to improve the same. Since our firm is very young, we prefer people with a hunger to succeed and willing to walk the extra mile to achieve greater success.
How does one apply to Vera Causa Legal for internships and jobs?
We are very to easy to reach out to. One just needs to log in to our website www.veracausalegal.com and go to the careers section and approach us. We are also present on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter and the links are available online.
Editor’s Note: The candidates who wish to apply for internships and jobs can mail the firm at careers[at]veracausalegal[dot]com
What is your advice to the freshers who have just entered the industry and are struggling both professionally and financially?
My advice to my fresher friends in the profession would be to stay strong. This profession requires patience and perseverance and those who stay patient, get rewarded. I would also like to tell freshers that they shouldn’t be shy about asking for help.
This profession is highly accommodating and everyone from the Judges to Senior Advocates to the Law clerk helps freshers, and they should make the best use of the same.
Parting words to our readers.
I would like to thank Lawctopus for considering me worthy of this interview and I would like to wish the readers of Lawctopus the best of luck in life and the legal profession.