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DH Law opening in Delhi and Patna, goes national with four-office footprint

Nusrat Hassan: Expands to upper hemisphere
Nusrat Hassan: Expands to upper hemisphere
Exclusive: DH Law Associates will open greenfield offices in Delhi and Patna on 1 July.

With the firm having secured a lease in Delhi 10 days ago, partner Gurmeet Kainth will head the Delhi office with a team of three new associate hires from CNLU Patna, Campus Law Centre Delhi, and Amity Law School Delhi.

Partner Vinay Tripathi will grow the new Patna office with a 2012 graduate recruit from CNLU Patna.

Patna is the town of origin of DH Law’s co-founding partner Nusrat Hassan.

Hassan said: “The next six months will be more about consolidation [in Patna] and the economy will define a lot [of the growth and recruitment plans]”.

The firm has a lot of existing clients for whom Bihar has become a focus area, he told Legally India, because of the region’s steady development in the last few years. Established telecom players, large distribution systems, supply chains, realtors and large retainers were interested.

He said that the firm was also directly involved in many government projects in Bihar, especially relating to warehousing and industrial zones.

“The government is looking for some law firm there to conduct due diligence, and on the litigation side as well,” explained Hassan.

Patna head Tripathi was not available for comment at the time of going to press.

In Delhi, the telecoms sector and fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies form the largest client group for the firm. Kainth said: “We are targeting mostly MNC [multinational corporations] clients, but SMEs [small and medium enterprises] are a key focus area, because they are the fastest growing, niche clientele”.

“We have clients like Coke, Bharti, Tata Teleservices, but the SME sector is important to us.”

Kainth, who has been with the firm for almost five months now, has practiced for 12 years and specialises in intellectual property rights and information technology. Having worked in the in-house department of the FMCG company Godfrey Phillips, he says he is experienced in food laws, competition policy, litigation, arbitration and transactional work.

He had previously worked with FoxMandal and Anand and Anand, and in the in-house legal teams of Max New York and the GMR Group.

DH Law, a 15-year-old corporate-commercial and litigation focussed firm that began in Mumbai, also has an office in Goa, besides Delhi and the soon to be launched Patna office.

Partners Nusrat Hassan, Effat Hassan, Prasad Dhande, Sidhartha Srivastava and Santosh Pai head the six-lawyer-strong Mumbai office, while a senior associate holds the fort alone in Goa.

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