“Learning happens with all sorts of firms in different ways and means, each firm offers unique learning opportunities crucial for a fulfilling legal career.” – Adnan Siddiqui, Managing Partner, MAYSS Partners Law Offices

This interview has been published by Namrata Singh and The SuperLawyer Team

Starting with the basics, can you share a bit about your journey into law and what inspired you to pursue a career in this field?

I started as a litigating lawyer with Mr. Vivek Chaudhary who was elevated as a HC Judge from Allahabad. Thereafter, I worked with Sr. Adv. Aman Lekhi for some time and went on to become an in-house counsel with CREDAI. Worked with CREDAI for a span of few years and realised that I could call myself a real estate lawyer. I got an offer from MAX subsidiary Antara Senior Living and joined Antara in 2021. I worked with MAX for two years and got an offer from an MNC to lead their real estate team in India. I resigned from Antara only to find out that the company’s culture is bad – hence, instead of finding another job, I ended up making MAYSS Partners with two other colleagues.

As the Founder of MAYSS Partners Law Offices, can you tell us about the ethos or guiding principles that define your law firm and set it apart in the legal landscape?

We wish to make a law firm that understands its Client’s business. Very soon, we will be taking up interns and freshers from Tier 3 colleges and try to give them exposure to good Clients and Courts in New Delhi

You transitioned from the role of Legal Counsel at Antara Senior Living to becoming the Managing Partner at MAYSS Partners. What motivated or inspired this transition, and how has your perspective on the legal profession evolved as a result of taking on a leadership role in your firm?  

Honestly, it was never planned, it all accidental – A coffee meeting with my Promoter made me think if I should really work for a company that does not have very good intentions for its employees, I resigned immediately after the meeting and thanked the Promoter for being so honest on day one – Ended up making MAYSS Partners

As a Managing Partner, you lead a team of ten lawyers. What qualities do you look for in team members, and how do you foster a collaborative and productive work environment?

I honestly believe that everyone can learn and anyone can be trained. Therefore, the idea is to help young professionals from Tier 3 cities come to Delhi and Mumbai and learn the art of practice in these cities.

Given your expertise in regulatory compliance, what are some key considerations for businesses dealing with RERA, RBI, SEBI, IBC, and other relevant regulatory frameworks?

The only thing that businesses should bear in mind is that they cannot cheat the investors anymore.

Looking ahead, what are some trends or developments in the legal landscape that you find particularly intriguing or that you believe will shape the future of legal practice?

I think AI will bring in a massive change and it is high time that we start learning to use AI.

With your extensive experience, what are your thoughts on the dynamics of working as legal counsel compared to being a managing partner? How do you navigate the challenges and find fulfilment in these distinct roles?

In employment, you work for business teams who are your clients and the same goes for a law firm. As long as you are committed to solving a problem, it’s all the same.

For aspiring law students, internships are often pivotal in shaping their understanding of the legal profession. In your experience, what kind of internship do you believe is crucial for a law student, and what advice would you give on how students can make the most out of their internship experiences?

I think students must intern with good companies, law firms and lawyers. Students should learn how businesses are run and how do we reach out to the Clients.

Beyond the legal realm, what are some of your personal interests or hobbies that you find relaxing or rejuvenating?

I am trying to run five km every day. I love to cook and hang out with my family.

Considering your extensive experience, what are your thoughts on aspiring legal professionals choosing to intern or work with Tier 1 law firms as opposed to Tier 2 or Tier 3 firms?

How do you believe the choice of the firm tier can impact one’s career trajectory in the legal field? I think all three are important. Learning happens with all sorts of firms in different ways and means.

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