Boutique commercial firm Veritas Legal has steadily grown since its establishment in 2015. Its dispute resolution team handles contentious corporate and commercial matters across all practice areas, offering litigation and arbitration services. It has developed an active white-collar crime practice and has strong reviews for its real estate offering. To date, the firm has completed over 500 filings across different forums in India.
Head of litigation and dispute resolution Rahul Dwarkadas leads the group that includes partners Abhijit Joshi, Kunal Doshi and Neveille Mukerji.
The firm is assisting Airplaza Retail Holdings in a matter where a police complaint was filed against them in Agra for the alleged offences of cheating, breach of trust, misrepresentation and other allied offences. Ultimately, after many rounds of defence arguments, the lawyers successfully convinced the police that the matter was civil in nature and they did not need to act on the complaint filed against the client. This matter involved a nuance of criminology, which tests the ability and experiential knowledge of legal advisers, to be able to recognise that there is a delicate balance between applying for anticipatory bail and answering the summons issued by the police.
Pfizer instructed the team in relation to various false claims being made by third parties in connection with the Covid-19 vaccine. Another pharma client, Sanofi India, is also working with the firm to defend against a civil writ petition filed by a Sanofi employee against the company and top management. The petitioner is alleging certain malpractices by other employees and allegations of sexual harassment in the workplace.
In another triumph for the firm, it acted for Deloitte Haskins & Sells before the High Court of Bombay in challenging the validity of the direction issued by the government of India sanctioning prosecution and initiation of various proceedings against the client in relation to its audit for IL&FS Financial Services. This was a first-of-its-kind challenge under the Companies Act and the High Court of Bombay findings not only set a precedent but were part of a landmark judgement.
The firm’s white-collar crime practice was augmented under the guidance of Ahmed Javed, who assists the practice in his role as the chief adviser to Veritas Legal. Javed retired as the 39th Commissioner of Police, Mumbai and also served as the Indian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia. The senior official is able to counsel on preventative and strategic measures to be followed in the course of internal investigations and mitigation of civil, regulatory and criminal exposure.
The firm counts Armstrong, Bombay Stock Exchange, Central Depository Services, Honeywell, Lodha Group, Schloss Hma Private and Tata Group as key disputes clients.
“Analyses the matter well. Responds reasonably quickly.” – Commercial and transactions
“The litigation team is adept at understanding the client and its requirements and this helps in positioning and drafting.” – Commercial and transactions
“Negotiate well with conviction and passion.” – Commercial and transactions
“The strategy to handle the issue.” – Commercial and transactions
“Veritas Legal is good in all the practice areas especially dispute resolution. They always have in-depth knowledge of the subject matter, work efficiently and always meet the deadlines.” – Commercial and transactions
“We appreciated his domain expertise, personal involvement all throughout the matter, and his industry good will and reputation.”
“He is very good at all subject matters.”
“Silpa is efficient and hard-working. She has in-depth knowledge and the ability to find a solution and understand operational aspects quickly.”