We’ve all heard that experience is the best teacher. Unfortunately this maxim is used to justify making mistakes due to insufficient preparation, hasty action, lack of thought, or carelessness.
Although we all should learn from our experiences, both good and bad, there’s no good reason to keep reinventing the wheel. Rather than learning from your own experiences, it is far more efficient to learn from someone else’s.
Although experience may be a good teacher, someone else’s experience is a far better teacher. Many other people have been down the route you are traveling. Although it may not be the exact same path, they have encountered and solved many of the same problems you may be facing. By using their experiences as a starting point, you accelerate your progress. So, here are the experiences and opinions of some of the famous lawyers in India. Go ahead and learn as much as you can.
1. Soli Sorabjee wants lawyers to come under Consumer Protection Act
Senior Advocate and former Attorney General of India Soli Sorabjee needs no introduction for law aspirants. In this video, he speaks about the Emergency, the obligation on Senior Advocates to take juniors and train them, the curse of adjournments, the Bar Council and professional discipline and entry of foreign law firms in India, among other things.
2. Ram Jethmalani says media is responsible for miscarriages of justice
Ram Jethmalani is probably the most famous lawyer in India. He told us his story from his early days in Sindh to becoming a Senior Advocate and member of Parliament. He shared some amazing historical anecdotes along with his thoughts on professional ethics, politics, trial by media and the state of the legal profession. This one is a must watch!
3. Harish Salve says the political system doesn’t want rule of law
Few lawyers in this country have achieved as much success and renown as Harish Salve. He spoke to us about growing up in Kanpur, switching from chartered accountancy to law at the behest of Nani Palkhivala, his work as Solicitor General of India, important cases he has argued, judicial activism, training and mentoring of juniors and much more.
4. Cyril Shroff on Amarchand Mangaldas before the split
We had spoken to Cyril Shroff before Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A. Shroff & Co. was split into two firms between the Shroff brothers. He had spoken to us about the history of the firm, how corporate law changed post liberalisation, the firm’s structure, its recruitment and training policy and its engagement with law schools.
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