October 5, 2018

People

Core team

Vinay Preet Singh

Founder & Managing Partner

Vinay Preet Singh is a leading practicing lawyer. He is the founding Partner at The Chambers®: Advocates & Legal Consultants. Vinay is also serving as Head, Public Policy and Strategy, Scriboard is also the India Counsel to Facebook, Schlumberger, TCS, the Tata Group and Indian Oil [at No. 98 in the Global Fortune 500, incidentally India’s highest ranked commercial enterprise]. Vinay worked jointly with the Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India to organise a three-day long training programme on Intellectual Property and Plant Varieties Act for various agriculture scientists and Nodal officers of Agriculture Institutes across India. Vinay also worked jointly with Women Commission of India and Ministry of Women and Child Development. He authored two Booklets on rights of women with description of the law enforcement organisations and functioning of Indian Judiciary for the benefits of Women across India in collaboration with National Commission for Women, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:

Vinay did his education in prestigious universities both in India and U.K.

  • Bachelors of Arts [Economics] from ST. STEPHEN’S COLLEGE, DELHI UNIVERSITY, DELHI (INDIA)
  • Legum Baccalaureus (LL.B) from CAMPUS LAW CENTER (CLC), FACULTY OF LAW, DELHI UNIVERSITY, DELHI (INDIA)
  • Legum Magister (LL.M) in International Development Law and Human Rights & International Economic Law from WARWICK LAW SCHOOL, UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK, COVENTRY, GREAT BRITAIN.
  • Certificate Course in Mass Communication from School of Convergence (SOC), Delhi University.

POSITION HELD:

  • In a rare honour, Vinay was appointed by the Government of India as a member of Two-Member Inquiry Commission constituted under Sec. 8(1) and Sec. 10(1) of NCW Act, 1990 on Honour Killings and issue of Khap Panchayat (Community Council) in Rohtak district, Haryana. The Commission was constituted to inquire and investigate the killings in the name of honour of the family. The Commission made spot inquiries, examined the witnesses and collected the evidences. The commission submitted its detail report with its Observations and Recommendations to the Government of India.
  • Vinay has been appointed by the Government of India as a Member of Official Languages (Rajbhasa), Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India.
  • Vinay is serving as Member of Rajbhasa (Hindi) Salhakhar Samiti, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Government of India.
  • Vinay is serving as Member of Consultative Committee of Food Corporation of India (FCI), Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Government of India. Vinay advises the Government of India on matters relating to procurement, storage and distribution of food grains and also for protecting the interests of the Producersâ as well as the Consumers. He has been allocated the State of Punjab by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Government of India.
  • Vinay is serving as an Observer-Member of Official Languages Implementation Committee (H.Q.) of Ministry of Food and Public Distribution, Govt. of India.
  • Vinay is serving as Observer-Member of Official Languages Implementation Committee of Directorate of Sugar and Directorate of Vanaspati, Vegetable Oils and Fats, Ministry of Food and Public Distribution, Govt. of India
  • Vinay is serving as a Consultant to Kotak Wealth Management, India a unit of Kotak Mahindra Bank.

AWARDS AND ACCOLADES

  • Vinay has recently been chosen as one of 100 icons by the Parwaz Express Group (Media Group) in the field of Academics in 2011. He was the recipient of National Excellence Award in the field of Youth Politics in 2011. This award was conferred by All India Muslim Intellectual Forum. Vinay was also the recipient of International Office Scholarship of 2,448 (GBP) at the University of Warwick, U.K.
  • Vinay received recognition and letter of appreciation from the Govt. of Jammu and Kashmir for his pro-active role in aiding to relief operations in Quake affected areas of Srinagar in 2005.
  • Vinay has been chosen as a POWER AMBASSADOR for an Non-Governmental Organisation called PROGRESSIVE ORGANISATION FOR WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT AND REHABHILITATION (POWER FOUNDATION). Power is an organization started by Women’s Rights Activist and social workers as a part of vision to build a better World for under privilege women and girls especially in India. As POWER AMBASSADOR Vinay took up issue of Begging on streets and Roads especially minor children and Women with the Prime Minister of India, Lt .Governor of Delhi and Police Commissioner of Delhi.
  • Vinay was chosen as an Hony. National Advisor of Urdu Press Club (A Federation for Media Persons)

Vinay has authored various articles and Publications.

  • Right to Information Act (RTI) passed by both the Houses of Parliament.
  • Present Globalisation: Prosperity or Improvishment; Alternative Paradigm for debt reduction strategy for poor under- developed countries.
  • Resolving Kashmir Issue peacefully
  • Peoples Tribunal on Anti-Sikh pogrom of 1984, Justice remains elusive Workers conditions in the supply chain of IKEA, focused on mid-supplier Firms in South and North India.
  • Conditions of Muslim Minority in India and formulated a proposal for improving their socio-economic conditions.
  • Biotechnology trading (Biosafety Protocol) in the era of free trade (WTO)
  • India’s perspective in the on-going UN Security Council Reform Debate.

Vinay is the Member of following Council/Associations:

  • Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA),
  • Delhi High Court Bar Association (DHCBA)
  • New Delhi Bar Association (Patiala Court).
  • Bar Council of Delhi (BCD)
  • Bar Council of India (BCI)

Vinay is authoring book on The Indian Police and Policing: An Analysis of Attitude, Behaviour and Image. He also authored two booklet titled “KNOW YOUR POLICE” and “KNOW YOUR COURT”.

Rodney D. Ryder

Senior Partner

Rodney D. Ryder is a leading technology, intellectual property and corporate lawyer. Rodney Ryder is Senior Partner, Intellectual Property, Technology, and IT at The Chambers®: Advocates & Legal Consultants. He is also the founding partner at Scriboard®; He is the author of Guide to Cyber Laws: the Information Technology Act, 2000, E-Commerce, Data Protection and the Internet, the first section-wise analysis of the Indian Information Technology Act, 2000. He is presently Advisor to the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India on the implementation of the Information Technology Act, 2000. Mr. Ryder has been nominated as a ‘Leading Lawyer’ in intellectual property, technology, communications and media law by Asia Law, Who’sWhoLegal, Asia Legal 500, amongst other International publications. Mr. Ryder is also advisor to the Data Security Council of India [a NASSCOM initiative] on the structuring of industry data privacy and information security policies and contractual standards. His second book, Intellectual Property and the Internet, published by LexisNexis is perhaps the only one of its kind in Asia. The text has been acknowledged to be an authoritative work by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India and has been quoted in the first and only judgement by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India on domain names. He is advisor to the National Internet Exchange of India [NiXI] and a member of the panel of independent and neutral arbitrators with NiXI.

Selected Publications:

  • Telecommunications Regulation in India: Converging telegraph, cable broadcasting, satellite and the Internet, presented at the Communications Law Committee Session at the International Bar Association [IBA] Annual Conference at Durban, South Africa, October 2002.
  • Data Protection, Privacy and Information Security in Asia, presented at the Technology and E-commerce Committee Session at the International Bar Association [IBA] Annual Conference at San Francisco, USA, September 2003.
  • Data Protection: Strategies for Compliance in Asia, presented at the Computer Law Association [iTech Law], First Asian Conference, Bangalore, 2005.
  • Intellectual Property Strategies: Concept to Commercialization, presented and taught at the Institute of Judicial Training & Research; Lucknow, 2007.
  • Intellectual Property and the Internet, presented and taught at the Judges Round Table; Judicial Academy, Bangalore 2007.
  • Data Protection, Privacy and Outsourcing, presented at the International Bar Association [IBA], Annual Conference, Singapore, 2007.
  • Legal Issues in the IT and Telecom Industry, workshop at the Judicial Academy, Hyderabad, 2007.
  • Regulating Indian Cyberspace Law, Technology and Governance, workshop conducted at the Karnataka Judicial Academy, July 2008.
  • Regulating Indian Cyberspace Law, Technology and Governance, workshop conducted at the National Judicial Academy, December 2008 and May 2009.

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR/VISITING FACULTY

  • Adjunct Professor [legal management] to the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow [IIML], the Fore School of Management, New Delhi [FSM] and the Amity Business School [ABS].
  • Adjunct Professor [Internet related laws, intellectual property, telecommunications and media laws] to the National Law School of India University [NLSIU], Bangalore, NALSAR, Hyderabad, National Law University National Law University [Delhi], Symbiosis Society’s Law School, [NLU], Jodhpur, Campus Law Centre, Faculty of Law, University of Delhi, Amity Law School, Indian Institute of Technology[Kharagpur] and the CBI Academy [Ghaziabad].

BOOKS:

  • “Guide to Cyber Laws [E-commerce, the Information Technology Act, 2000, Data protection and the Internet]”. {LexisNexis Butterworths Wadhwa Nagpur, India}. Third Edition 2007.
  • Intellectual Property and the Internet. {LexisNexis, 2002}.
  • Brands, Trademarks and Advertising. {LexisNexis, 2004}.
  • Internet Law and Policy. {Oxford University Press, to be published in 2010}.
  • Drafting Corporate and Commercial Agreements: legal drafting guidelines, forms and precedents; {Universal Law Publishing, 2005; Reprint 2007}
  • Right to Information Law, Policy and Practice. {LexisNexis Butterworths Wadhwa Nagpur, India, 2006}.
  • An Introduction to Internet Law and Policy: a course book on cyber law. {LexisNexis Butterworths Wadhwa Nagpur, India, 2007}

Advisory Work:

  • Member, Legal Action Group constituted by the Ministry of Information Technology and Communication, Government of India, to advise on the implementation of the Act [www.cca.gov.in].
  • Legal Advisor, Nepal Telecom Authority [NTA]
  • Legal Advisor, Computer Association of Nepal [CAN]
  • Legal Advisor, Office of the Attorney General, Sri Lanka
  • Advisor, Cyber Crime Police Station, C. O. D. Head Quarters, Bangalore.
  • Advisor, Cyber Crime Police Station, Hyderabad.
  • Advisor & Visiting Faculty, Delhi Police Training Centre

Anup Kumar

Partner, Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Anup is Partner, Litigation and Dispute Resolution at The Chambers®: Advocates and Legal Consultants.

Anup is Advocate-On-Record of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India. Anup is having fourteen years of standing in the Bar. Worked extensively in the area of Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Environment Law, Service law, Labour Laws, Family Law, Company Law, Consumer Laws, Arbitration Act, Negotiable Instruments Act, Election Law (Peoples Representation Act), Laws relating to Contracts, Property Laws, Succession Act, Wakf Act, Land Acquisition act, Motor Vehicles Act 1988, Electricity Law, Intellectual Property(copy right Act, Trademark Act) etc. Proceedings handled in Supreme Court- Have appeared and handled more than 1000 proceedings in Supreme Court of India. Drafted and argued SLPs, Writ Petitions, Statutory Appeals and Transfer Petitions etc. Have Argued, done research work and took active participation in various reported cases including Sarju v. State of Uttar Pradesh (2009) 13 SCC 698, Chenda v. State of Chhattisgarh (2013) 12 SCC 110, Dr. Zakir Hussain Primary Teachers Training College v. State of Bihar (2010) 12 SCC 517, Puneet Gulati v. State of Kerala (2011) 12 SCC 722, Bhagwan Budha Prathmik Technical Training College, Nirmali v. State of Bihar (2010) 13 SCC 572, Arumugam v. State (2010) 12 SCC 155, Economic Transport Organization, Delhi v. Charan Spinning Mills Private Limited, (2010) 4 SCC 114, Kailash Nath v. State of Uttar Pradesh, (2010) 12 SCC 548, N. Radhakrishnan v. Maestro Engineers, (2010) 1 SCC 72, Arulvelu v. State, (2009) 10 SCC 206, Mohammed Asif v. State of Uttaranchal, (2009) 11 SCC 497, Oriental Insurance Company Limited v. Ram Prasad Varma, (2009) 2 SCC 712, K. Narayanan v. S. Murali, (2008) 10 SCC 479, Reshma Bano v. State of Uttar Pradesh, (2008) 5 SCC 791, A. Manoharan v. Union of India, (2008) 3 SCC 641, J.C. Budhraja v. Chairman, Orissa Mining Corporation Ltd., (2008) 2 SCC 444, Chinnathaman v. State, (2007) 14 SCC 690, Vijaykumar Baldev Mishra v. State of Maharashtra, (2007) 12 SCC 687, District Central Cooperative Bank v. Coimbatore District Central Cooperative Bank Employees Assn., (2007) 4 SCC 669, Commissioner of Central Excise, Calcutta v. Panihati Rubber Ltd., (2006) 10 SCC 129, Shrawan v. State of Maharashtra, (2006) 13 SCC 191, Mohd. Moinuddin v. Commr. for Cooperation and Registrar of Coop. Societies, (2014) 8 SCC 661, State of T.N. v. N. Suresh Rajan, (2014) 11 SCC 709, Govt. (NCT of Delhi) v. Manav Dharam Trust, (2017) 6 SCC 751, Ajitsinh Arjunsinh Gohil v. Bar Council of Gujarat, (2017) 5 SCC 465, Govt. (NCT of Delhi) v. Satish Kumar Aggarwal, (2016) 16 SCC 761, B. Narasamma v. CCT, (2016) 15 SCC 167, Anita Kushwaha v. Pushap Sudan, (2016) 8 SCC 509, Susanta Das v. State of Orissa, (2016) 4 SCC 371, Swami Ram Niwas Sanehi v. Swami Ram Vinod, (2015) 14 SCC 552” etc. High Court- Appeared before Jharkhand High Court at Ranchi, High Court of Delhi at New Delhi, Uttarakhand High Court at Nainital, Orissa High Court at Cuttack. Drafted and argued LPAs, Writ Petitions under Article 226 and 227 of the constitution of India, Criminal Appeals including death references, Revisions, Quashing matters, Second Appeals, Suits etc including Gabrail Samad & Anr Vs The State of Jharkhand,Criminal Appeal (DB) No. 751 of 2005, Kirtan Mahto And Anr. vs State Of Jharkhand 2005 (1) JCR 42 Jhr, State Of Jharkhand vs Suresh Prasad Mehta @ Mahto And Anr,2006 CriLJ 2498, 2006 (1) JCR 435 Jhr, Second Appeal No. 62 of 2006 Swami Ram Nivas Ram Sanehi Vs Swami Ram Vinod and another(before the High Court of Uttarakhand at Nainital), Medical Council of India Vs Nusrat Jahan Bukhari, Guddu Prasad Vs Union of India, Ranjan Kumar Yadav Vs Union of India, Mohan Kumar Vs Union of India, CRL.A. 1480/2014 BHAGWAN SAHAI @ CHINTU Vs STATE etc, Other Courts- Have also worked in the matters of different Courts and tribunals including CAT, CESTAT, Competition Commission of India, Appellate Tribunal For Electricity, NCDRC, District Courts etc. Have also conducted trials in various Civil and criminal proceedings in district courts including trial of 302 IPC cases. Matrimonial Matters, Negotiable Instruments Act proceedings, Suits etc. Miscellaneous- Drafted Opinion and Notes for Law Commission of India in topics: 1. Whether death penalty should be prescribed in Dowry death cases, 2. Interpretation of amendment brought in section 438 Cr.P.C). Have also done other miscellaneous works e.g Opinions, Settling of cases, Business agreements, Arbitration proceedings etc.

Tahini Bhushan

Sr. Associate & Head of Recruitments

Tahini Bhushan, Senior Associate at The Chambers®: Advocates and Legal Consultants, is litigator practicing in Supreme Court of India, various High Courts, and District courts in areas of Civil and Criminal Law. Prior to joining the chambers, she has been legal researcher/law clerk to former Supreme court judges, Wherein she was tasked with preparing briefing notes and drafts of judgments for all matters listed and presided over by Justice Gyan Sudha Mishra and also assisted with research on recent content, and updating of chapters for publication of a new edition of book authored by Justice Chauhan, and titled ‘Miscellaneous Law Referencer’. As an independent practitioner she has appearances before Allahabad bench of UP High Court in bail matters and property disputes, Drafting and reviewing applications in property disputes, and rejoinders in patent related disputes, written submissions for matters before the consumer court and electricity tribunal.

In her time at law she has been Student Convener, Moot Court Society, Delhi University (2011-2012) ,Elected Class Representative for the year 2009-10 and part Winning Team (Speaker), 12th edition of Raj Anand Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition & Winning Team (Speaker), 1st edition of National Capital Region Human Rights Moot Court Competition.

Tahini is the Alumnus of Campus Law Centre, Delhi University and Christ university, Bangalore

Mehul Satishbhai Choksi

Partner (Gujarat) & Head of Public Policy & Strategy

Mehul Satishbhai Choksi, is a Partner based in Gujarat Office of The Chambers & also Heads the Public Policy & Strategic Affairs division of the Firm.

Mehul is noted practicing lawyer of High Court of Gujarat. Mehul has more than 15 years of experience of conducting various types of litigation, and focuses on intricate transactional and projects work; representing investors, targets and various project participants. His expertise lies in working around complexities, be it in an acquisition of a strategic stake, restructuring interests or friendly or hostile exits. An articulate, focused professional who has a proven history of gathering and analysing information and then using the results of that analysis to make effective decisions and find innovative solutions to legal problems.

Education:

B.Com., LLB, M.A. (Political Science), MBA (IPR), PHD

Aazmeen Sheikh

Head of Nainital, Office of Chambers®

Aazmeen Sheikh is Head of Nainital Office of The Chambers®: Advocates & Legal Consultants.

Aazmeen is noted practicing lawyer of High Court of Uttarakhand. He has more than 7 years of experience of conducting various types of litigation and represented clients before Hon’ble High Court of Uttarakhand and District & Sessions Court of Nainital.

Geo Joseph

Associate

Geo Joseph, Associate at the Chambers Advocates and Legal Consultants looking after Banking, Dispute Resolution, Litigation and Corporate Compliance.

His expertise includes Corporate law, policy and procedures(regulatory, advisory, compliance and documentations as well as documentation related to incorporation, registration, winding-up, mergers, joint-ventures, acquisition and take-over).

As a corporate and commercial lawyer, Geo handles regulatory, documentation, due-diligence, advisory and compliance for the banking sector.