The NextGen Law Firm

The current Indian legal sector has seen strong growth. Indian lawyers working abroad have returned, and 2019 numbers indicate that the Top 100 corporate law firms have grown by more than 62%. 

By applying big data analytics and software solutions—firms are modernizing their data, billing, and outreach practices. They are investing in non-legal support staff to become more customer-centric. 

This is our story, of how Marat Gogia, a small homegrown tier-2 city legal start-up arrived at our NextGen formula. Read on. 


Harnessing the Power of Gender Neutrality at Work

How the POSH ACT can create an evolved, inclusive work culture.


Gender is just one aspect of an individual’s identity. Yet, we divide our world, our home, even our workplace—sometimes subtly, sometimes ruthlessly—along gender lines. We forget that our personalities are the driving force behind our behaviours and attitude. 

We are not just our gender, we are so much more. 


But our unconscious bias keeps us rooted in SOGI-based bullying from childhood. It then becomes imperative to introduce legislation that helps us cope in suspected gender wars, especially when it takes the form of sexual harassment in the workplace. 


Long awaited and well deserved—the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act of 2013, known as the POSH Act—is one such starting point.

READ MORE at:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/advocatehimanshumaratkar/ 



Who can register an FIR?

You should register a First Information Report (FIR) if you are:

  • The victim of a crime/offence.
  • Have witnessed a crime/offence.
  • Have knowledge of a crime/offence.

This however, only applies to cognizable offences. You cannot file an FIR in case of a non-cognizable offence.

Cognizable vs. non-cognizable offences

The Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) Act of 1973, Sec 154 classifies criminal offences as cognizable and non-cognizable offences. 

In the case of a cognizable offence, the police can begin investigation immediately and arrest the accused without a warrant.

This list includes serious offences such as murder, rape, theft, kidnapping, or forgery

What data is required to create an effective FIR?

In your FIR, you should ensure to include:

  • Date, time and place of the offence.
  • Against whom it was committed.
  • Description of what occurred (this is critical. do not leave out any details)
  • Description of the suspect, and name if known to you.
  • If the offence took place in front of any witnesses.

What is the process of registering an FIR?

To register an FIR, follow these steps: 

  • Visit the police station closest to you. 
  • Ask to speak to a police officer. 
  • Request the police officer to take your oral or written statement. 
  • Narrate the offence you witnessed or of which you were a victim. 
  • The police must read/write down your statement. 

After recording your statement, request:

  • To review it and make any edits before you sign it.
  • For a copy of your FIR to take with you. 

What should I do if the police call me for an inquiry?

If you have been asked by a police officer to visit the police station:

  • DO NOT rush over.
  • Ask them regarding what matter or offence they are calling you.
  • Check whether they need you urgently or if the matter can wait.

Once you have a few details, speak to a lawyer. If required, ask the lawyer to accompany you. 

Why does it help to have a lawyer accompany you to a police station?

At the police station, your lawyer can help in three important ways:

  • Help you respond correctly without compromising your sovereignty.
  • Help organize things in case the police station is rushed and you are waiting endlessly.
  • Help start the paperwork immediately in case you are arrested.