Subscribe for perks & to support LI

Your Interests & Preferences: Personalise your reading

Which best describes your role and/or interests?

I work in a law firm
I work for a company / in-house
I'm a litigator at the bar
I'm a law student
Aspiring law student
Other
Save setting
Or click here to show more preferences...

I am interested in the following types of stories (uncheck to hide from frontpage)

Firms / In-House
Deals
Courts
Legal Education

Always show me: (overrides the above)

Exclusives & Editor's Picks

Website Look & Feel

Light Text on Dark Background

Save preferences


Note: Your preferences will be saved in your browser. You can always change your settings by clicking the Your Preferences button at the top of every page.

Reset preferences to defaults?
This article, like many others, was first published exclusively for subscribers, 4 hours before everyone else got to read it.

If you'd like several goodies and first access to stories like these in future, subscribe instantly here

AZB Mumbai corp partner Bhavi Sanghvi leaves fee-earning behind to become KM partner

AZB doubles down on managing its knowledgeAZB doubles down on managing its knowledge

Many Indian firms have been looking to do more of knowledge management (KM) for many years, with an eye on their foreign counterparts, but the immediate pressures of earning revenues and servicing clients often get in the way. At AZB & Partners, Bhavi Sanghvi, has now transitioned from corporate, M&A and private equity partner to full-time knowledge management, heading up its KM function for the past month-and-a-half.

This may be the first time that a partner at a big Indian law firm is doing KM full-time.

Sanghvi had begun her career at AZB in 2006, after graduating from NLSIU Bangalore, and was promoted to its partnership in 2014.

Explaining her move from transacting in deals to transacting in knowledge, she said: “To be honest, I’ve always been interested in learning and training, and this was actually a good way to also leverage the practice experience I have, to further what we already have in terms of training initiatives but to have it in a more organised manner.”

“Overall, this kind of contributes to the larger role we have to deliver quality and support to clients.”

Eshan Sharma, who had joined AZB Mumbai as its chief operating officer (COO) in April, added: “It made a lot of sense for Bhavi to spearhead this entire function, because she’s one of us and has had 12 years of experience as a transaction lawyer, to leverage all that and impart practical knowledge to our lawyers.”

Sanghvi noted that she would be putting a permanent KM team in place, starting small but expanding this organically. “Earlier we didn’t have a separate team for it, it was done by transaction lawyers.”

Work carried out by the KM function would include supplementing on the job training, focusing on knowledge exchange and learning within the firm, integrating knowledge and technology, and developing practice resources, she explained.

On the technology front in particular, Sharma said he would be supporting Sanghvi on a day-to-day basis.

KM has a reputation for less stressful work hours than fee-earning work, Sanghvi agreed, with compensation generally depending on the role, the firm and a variety of other factors.

In terms of advice for other lawyers on how to make the shift to KM, law firm policies permitting, Sanghvi said that having actually personally done legal work before definitely helps, although there were also good KM professionals who had not necessarily been trained as lawyers. “It helps me tailor things in a more practical manner, which will really get to what people know, in terms of knowledge.”

A KM role would generally suit lawyers keen on learning and imparting knowledge, which “kind of keeps you engaged”.

“It is a way to make other people better lawyers,” she added.

Click to show 3 comments
at your own risk
(alt+shift+c)
By reading the comments you agree that they are the (often anonymous) personal views and opinions of readers, which may be biased and unreliable, and for which Legally India therefore has no liability. If you believe a comment is inappropriate, please click 'Report to LI' below the comment and we will review it as soon as practicable.
refresh Filter out low-rated comments. Show all comments. Sort chronologically
1
Show?
Like +1 Object -1 Scooter- 05 Aug 18, 12:28
Gurpreet at CAM?
Reply Report to LI
2
Like +14 Object -0 hmm 05 Aug 18, 15:43  interesting  top rated
AZBs loss is AZBs gain..
Reply Report to LI
3
Show?
Like +3 Object -0 Driverji 06 Aug 18, 09:53
The AZB bus starts and stops at AZB.
Reply Report to LI


Latest comments