Established in 1957 by DM Harish, DM Harish & Company is considered one of the leading practices for real estate, domestic and international taxation and corporate law. The firm is now led by the successors of DM Harish, who continue to build on the firm’s legacy of excellence. The present partners of the firm are Anil Harish, Shobha Jagtiani and Ratna Harish. Co-managing partners, Anil Harish and Shobha Jagtiani are well regarded among the legal community and enjoy eminence and expertise in the fields of real estate and taxation. The firm’s legal team consists of seventeen associates and a notary public. Over the years the firm has maintained an impressive and varied client base, consisting of corporate entities and high net worth individuals, both in India and overseas. The firm advises on a broad spectrum of matters and the key practice areas include:
Real estate: The firm has a formidable real estate practice and has provided legal representation in some of the largest residential real estate transactions in Mumbai. The firm regularly assists real estate developers, buyers and sellers in all aspects of real estate transactions.
International taxation: The firm advises various domestic and international entities on a full gamut of international tax issues and is well renowned for its effective tax planning and structuring.
Domestic taxation: Domestic taxation remains at the heart of the firm’s practice. Advice and opinions are rendered on a number of complex taxation issues and the firm has a thriving taxation litigation practice in the ITAT, High Court, Supreme Court and Income Tax Settlement Commission.
Corporate law: The firm advises and assists clients in relation to various corporate law issues including general corporate advisory, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, foreign exchange management issues, corporate governance etc.
Foreign investments: The firm advises individuals and corporate entities on various aspects of foreign investments and also represents its clients before the Reserve Bank of India in such matters.
Maritime law: The firm represents clients on a broad range of matters relating to contractual and commercial claims and a variety of other maritime disputes.
Arbitration: The firm represents its clients in various domestic and international arbitration proceedings.
Trusts, wills and succession: The firm has assisted various individuals in for succession planning and has extensive expertise in creation and termination of trusts, drafting of wills, probate petitions, letters of administration and family settlements.
Matrimonial and family law: The firm advises and assists its clients in a wide array of matters pertaining to the legalities involved in matrimonial law and family settlements, etc.
Intellectual property laws: The firm advises clients on copyrights and related issues and assists the clients in filing and obtaining trademarks.
The firm has consistently received accolades for its excellence and has received various prestigious awards and has been featured in celebrated legal publications. The firm has been ranked by Legal 500, Martindale and Chambers & Partners. India Business Law Journal has granted the firm various awards over the years including the Deal Of The Year Award (2012), Indian Law Firms Award on Taxation (2010) and Indian Law Firms Award on Taxation (2009). It has been also awarded for its real estate practice by the Accommodation Times.
The partners of the firm are devoted to the cause of legal education and awareness. Both Anil Harish and Shobha Jagtiani regularly publish legal articles and papers, which have been featured in various legal publications as well as in the Hindustan Times newspaper. Further, Anil
Harish is a much sought after speaker and is frequently invited to speak on various legal issues including foreign direct investments, domestic and international taxation, real estate laws and recent developments and issues involving personal laws such as wills, trusts, etc. Furthermore, through the DM Harish Foundation the firm provides sponsorships to students and actively encourages law students to expand the horizons of their legal education through a number of extracurricular activities, such as lecture series, essay writing competitions and the Government Law College DM Harish Memorial International Moot Court Competition.
A small Mumbai firm with a broad range of expertise, DM Harish & Co has a long history of well-regarded work, particularly in the property and tax fields. Anil Harish is responsible for the real estate, tax, foreign exchange and corporate functions of the firm, while fellow managing partner Shobha Jagtiani handles the corporate transactional, disputes and estates practices.
In the past year the firm has represented Imagine Properties in a multimillion-rupee property purchase in Mumbai, advised Lintas Media Group before the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal, and facilitated four hotel companies in their conversion into corporations of India.