Closing the best deal of life: To be an Independent Working Woman.

Adv. Janhvi Pradhan Deshmukh, a lawyer with 15 years of experience in Corporate and Commercial Laws, Business centric legal advisory, Data Privacy and Media Laws, joined hands as a Partner, with the Team at Kay Legal & Associates, an 11-year-oldFull-Service Law Firm located at Nariman Point, Mumbai, Delhi and Pune in the later half of 2020. Armed with a Master’s degree from the UK, Janhvi has been a part of various large conglomerates and led the legal teams for startups in various streams like E-commerce, Ed-Tech, Media, Real Estate, Pharma, etc.

As a Partner at Kay Legal, Janhvi is a part of the Corporate Legal vertical and specifically focuses on Funding Advisory and General Corporate Law advisory for businesses, irrespective of the industry. Her niche is to ensure her clients remain fully compliant with the prevalent laws and do not leave loopholes while negotiating and closing deals. While she acts as a no-nonsense lawyer to her clients, she believes that the role of a lawyer in the current times is more of that of a Business Partner, who is an equal contributor in the growth of any company. Gone are the days of playing a traditional lawyer. Her target area is the SME sector, since she believes there is a huge potential in this sector to grow and contribute to the Country’s economy, yet this is a sector which is largely averse to lawyers since they fear the age-old traditional ways of the legal profession and the

“It is important to find what you love and what you are best at within your profession. Focusing on your top three skills, is what helped me to grow in my profession. There will always be someone more experienced than you are, someone more skilled than you are, but believing in yourself and being confident in your work is what sets you apart from the rest” says Janhvi.

Covid-19 has been exceptionally challenging for all businesses world over, yet the acceptance and importance of having a legal advisor for day-to-day business affairs and the respect for legal compliance has grown in the last one year. Amending the executed contract and having the business pandemic proof have been the most important side effects of Covid-19 and in a way, has improved the legal health of most businesses.

I have encountered numerous challenges during my entrepreneurship journey. I would broadly categorise them into personal and professional challenges. On the professional front, the choice between a cushy and lucrative corporate job versus a financially and emotionally difficult journey of entrepreneurship has been one of the biggest decisions of my life. Coming from a family background where everyone around have been high achievers and in corporate / government jobs, there was dissent and resistance towards my entrepreneurship decision. Coming from a modest background, not having a steady income flow each month was a challenge, while I saw my peers rapidly scale up the corporate ladder. Having to work doubly hard to make my presence felt in a profession dominated by males and having to get over the perceptions of “Oh she looks too young to have the skillsets to negotiate and close deals in favour of her client”, made the journey difficult yet extremely rewarding. It was extremely satisfying to see the appreciation in the eyes of peers, juniors, seniors and clients every time I successfully closed a deal. Personally, having to balance being a wife to a husband who has rapidly climbed up in his career and made waves, mother to a boisterous daughter and having to leave her at home while I travel to work has tugged my heart every single time I step out of the house, daughter to extremely ambitious and career oriented parents, a good daughter in law who can make nice round rotis and chai, was a huge challenge. Health issues cropped up because of work stress and work load, having to put my love for dance on the back burner for my work ambition and yet come out successful on all fronts with an occasional singing and dancing performance at the same is nothing but a feat I have managed to achieve!

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