Exclusive: Talha Salaria, co-founder and partner at Bangalore firm MMB Legal, has set up an independent firm called Lawyers at Work.
Salaria started her career with J Sagar Associates (JSA) in Bangalore, after graduating from NLSIU Bangalore in 2001. She had joined MMB when it was set up in 2007.
The firm has been operating since last month from Bangalore’s Koramangala area and now consists of three lawyers, including former MMB company secretary Bhavana Chakragiri who joined as an associate. One more associate would be joining soon, said Salaria.
The departure from MMB Legal was completely amicable, she noted. “It was the right time for me to set up LAW [Lawyers at Work]. I have the support of my clients, who have grown and supported me all through.”
Salaria said that in terms of her long term plans the “sky is the limit” but in the short term she wanted the firm to grow sensibly to establish strong foundations and focus on “what matters most - happy clients”.
She added that since starting in June she had been working on a private equity deal, as well as some corporate commercial work such as contracts and franchise agreements, and some real estate transactions and investment advice.
MMB Legal partner Mahesh Madan Bhat commented: “Talha was an asset and will be missed. She is at the right point in her career to start her own independent practice. She has our full support and we wish her more than the very best."
Going forward, he said, MMB would focus on growing organically, while grooming and encouraging the firm’s “team of bright lawyers” – currently consisting of nine lawyers and one lawyer-cum-company secretary. “I am sure in a short while, each of them will be managing their own teams and clients within MMB Legal, providing the necessary impetus for the organisations’ growth and also rising within…”
MMB was founded by Bhat, Salaria and Amrut Joshi, who left in late 2011 to start up a sports management and sports legal advisory firm Gamechanger Sports Ventures.