Advocate Bhakti Chheda is a founder and Partner at Simandhar Business Solutions LLP. She has graduated in mass media and holds a degree in law from the Mumbai University. She has around 10 years of hands on experience in the legal profession and has been advising international clients in all kinds of legal and compliance matters related to their Indian subsidiary. She specializes in corporate laws, contract drafting, legal compliance, employment laws and other commercial laws. She also serves as an external member of the Internal Committee of reputed companies under the POSH laws. She firmly believes that, “there is no elevator to success, you have to take the stairs.”
It’s going to be an interesting journey reading how she looks at the smallest things of life and the few principles she follows to be an accomplished person.
One thing you would like to change about Indian labour and employment law?
Today, India has a plethora of laws dealing with labour and employment issues, with an estimate of over 200 state laws and close to 50 central laws. These various laws deal with various aspects, such as, working conditions, social security benefits, health and safety, etc. Further, different sets of regulations apply depending on whether a worker is employed in mine, industry or commercial establishment. Too many laws often make the legal system unnecessarily complicated, and not effectively implemented. This has laid the foundation for corruption and no effective implementation of law machinery. To make it easier for companies to conduct business operations in India, it is important that these laws be consolidated, and we have fewer and easier laws to comply. Thus, companies would be able to concentrate more on business and expansion plans (who today spend a lot of time and effort on unnecessary compliances and bureaucracy) which would indirectly benefit the workers as well as they would get better salaries and social security benefits.
In your opinion, what is the most important skill one should have to be accomplished in the legal field?
Legal profession requires constant learning and transformation. With changing requirements and market trends, what may be applicable yesterday may be useless today. The legal system is continuously evolving and changing with constant amendments and new legislations. Adaptability and keeping your knowledge up to date is a pre-requisite to be able to serve the clients in an effective manner.
Having said that, the legal field is highly competitive, comes with great responsibility and accountability. Legal practice requires a person to be an all-rounder and master various skills, such as, good communication skills, analytical skills, eye for detail, multi-tasking, problem solving, research, etc. All the skills are equally important and hence is it important for a person to give develop all these skills in order to achieve success in the legal profession.
One perspective is that people have about life and you would like to change?
Today we live life full of comfort and leisure – this gives perception to the younger generation specially that life is a bed of roses. In this digital world, the millennials have big dreams to conquer the world. However, it is important for them to realize that not a single dream can be achieved without putting in the necessary efforts. The road to success is not an easy one. Be ready to play the long and difficult game in life, if you want to create a name for yourself. Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficult. History shows that legends have not been created by the ones who had it easy. The great characters in history are the ones that were willing to go out and explore, experience life and get knocked around.
What is home for you?
Home is the place where you are safe, where you are relaxed, where you are at ease, where people care for you, where your soul soars, where you have your belongings in it, your toys that you had grown up with, your childhood memories and many more things. Home is the softness of your mothers washing powder and the smell of her cooking. It’s the feel of your own familiar bed and a place where you want to return to irrespective of wherever you are in the world with all the comforts and luxuries.
Are you a believer of karma?
Yes, being a Jain, I strongly believe in Karma theory. Everything you do comes back to you, whether it’s good or bad. Do wicked and it will be ten times worse. Be moral and it will come 100 times better. I strongly believe that we are a reflection of what we put out into the world. Hence, irrespective of the situation, always keep doing noble deeds and it will surely come back to you in unexpected ways!