Date of birth:
11 April 1977
The name of the law school from which you received your first law degree:
I obtained my first law degree (i.e. LL.B) at Dr. B R Ambedkar University, India. Subsequent to this I completed my LL.M at Essex.
Current law firm and office:
Dhir & Dhir Associates, New Delhi
Position within the firm:
Details of any past law firms that you have worked for:
Seth Dua & Associates, Singhania & Partners LLP
Key practice areas:
Technology, Media & Telecommunications, Competition/ Antitrust, International Trade & WTO (Anti-Dumping) and Intellectual Property
Why you chose to focus in these areas:
Being a qualified network engineer, my development of interest in laws pertaining to technology and telecommunications came instinctively. Further, while pursuing my LLM (Information Technology, Media & E-Commerce) at the University of Essex, under the guidance of Prof Rohan Kariyawasam and Prof Steven D Anderman (both authorities in their respective fields), I closely studied and followed the overlap and intricacies in all the four areas (ie, TMT, intellectual property, international trade andWTO and competition law, which were increasingly becoming relevant and crucial to businesses across the globe.
Accordingly, upon resuming my practice in India, it was only natural for me to focus on TMT, IP, International Trade and WTO and Competition laws.
Details of the matter that you have worked on in your career to date that you are most proud of, and why:
Cement Cartel matter (representing the complainant Builders Association of India against the cement association and the 12 largest cement manufacturers in India) is among many matters and transactions that I have handled during my professional career.
The name of any more senior lawyers that you look up to or consider to be mentors:
Mr Ian Forrester (QC), Mr Steven D Anderman, Dr Rohan Kariyawasam, Mr Pavan Duggal