DHVANI S. VORA
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Master of Laws in Comparative & International Dispute Resolution (LLM) QUEEN MARY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON: London, United Kingdom 2019-2020
Modules: International Commercial Law, International Arbitration Law & Practice, Admiralty, International Arbitration & Energy, Strategic Decision Making. Bachelor of Legal Sciences & Bachelor of Law (B.L.S.; LL.B.)- First Class UNIVERSITY OF MUMBAI: Mumbai, India
Modules (including but not limited to): Law of Torts, Contract Law, Political Science, Interpretation of Statutes, Code of Civil Procedure, Land Laws, Intellectual Property Rights. LEGAL EXPERIENCE:
May 2019 – August 2019
FOCUS 360 DEGREES MEDIA PRIVATE LIMITED: Mumbai, India Gained broad corporate and commercial experience within this integrated work environment. The Company entered into various sponsorship agreements with major sports leagues in India and further, entered into fixed term contracts with agencies dealing in social media, print media and electronic media:
Drafted Legal Notices and Agreements including but not limited to Business Service Agreements, Sponsorship Agreements, Media Rights Agreements, Employment Contracts, Leave License Agreements and Code of Conduct.
Advised with respect to legal as well as statutory compliances to be adhered to such as employment policies and tax liabilities.
Conducted research pertaining to the current media and broadcasting laws ensuring the Company’s internal management system is updated on a weekly basis. Legal Associate
September 2014- May 2019
M/S. CRAWFORD BAYLEY & CO. ADVOCATES AND SOLICITORS: Mumbai, India Worked as a part of a 6-strong legal team and acquired experience in the following fields as a Paralegal and thereafter, as a qualified Advocate/ Lawyer: Litigation & Dispute Resolution (Domestic and International Commercial Arbitration): Appeared before the Supreme Court of India, various High Courts of India and lower Civil Courts/ Tribunals (majorly in Gujarat, Calcutta, Madras and Hyderabad) at various stages including Motions/ Applications for interim/ ad-interim reliefs, Petitions/ Appeals for admission, recording/ striking-off of evidence, hearing and final disposal of Suits/ Appeals/ Petitions.
Briefed and assisted Queens Counsel (QC) for the same. Drafted pleadings including Plaints, Written Statements, Writ Petitions (both under Article 226 and 227 of The Constitution of India), Review Petitions, Affidavits of Evidence, Arbitration Petitions (under Sections 9, 27, 34 and 37 of the Indian Arbitration Act, 1996), Arbitration Applications (under Section 11 of the Indian Arbitration Act, 1996), Summary Suits and Consent Terms thereof; Company Summons for directions and Company Scheme Petition for Amalgamation.
Drafted contracts including but not limited to Conveyances, Title Certificates, Lease Deeds, Assignments, Mortgages, Escrow Agreements, Non- Disclosure Agreements and Franchise Agreements.
Customs & Excise:
Drafted replies to several Show Cause Notices issued by the Customs and Service Tax Officers/ Commissioners and drafted Appeals in the Customs and Excise Service Tax Appellate Tribunal.
Drafted Anticipatory Bail Applications and Criminal Revision Applications before the Courts of Bombay and Punjab & Haryana.
Appeared at the time of hearing at the time of making an Arrest application before various High Courts.
Briefed and assisted several QC at the High Courts of Bombay, Calcutta, Madras, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad.
Drafted Admiralty Suits for Arrest of Vessels relating to Bunker Claims (Owners/ Charterer’s claim), Cargo Claims (short-fall/ late delivery/ off-spec), Ownership Claims, Demurrage Claims, Collision Claims, Mortgage claims and General Average including applications for maintainability of an Arrest for Security pending Arbitration. Drafted/ vetted Charter Party Agreements for Owners and/or Charterers of Vessels alongwith Crew Wages Agreements, General Terms and Conditions for sale of bunkers/ marine fuels for bunker suppliers.
Researched on differences between BIMCO and ASBATANKY Charter parties and LMAA rules, more particularly the limitation period of a sealed Award and enforceability of the Award in India.
Advised on importation of Rigs for green recycling in accordance to the Basel Conventions on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal in India and requisite permissions to be sought from the relevant authorities including the Directorate General of Shipping and the Ministry of Environment, New Delhi. Advisory to International Corporates:
Advised business partners regarding the legal implications of incorporating a company in India and the benefits of incorporating a private limited company or a limited liability partnership (LLP).
Advised a London based multi-national Company regarding the Labor law compliance in India to hire employees.
Advised the national air carrier of Saudi Arabia on a daily basis with respect to employment contracts.
Negotiating trade union demands and reviewing the charter of demands to be signed with the trade union Drafting employment contracts, transfer and promotion contracts alongwith revised terms and conditions (including Code of Conduct) applicable to the entire labor force. Vetting and drafting Sale and Purchase Agreements for private aircrafts between corporations, Airport Ground Handling Agreements, Airport Terminal Contracts, Security Agreements, Catering Service Agreements and Leave and License Agreements for ground offices.
Legal compliance in order to set up new ground handling stations in South India. Reviewing and advising on the tender obtained and Joint Venture Agreement subsequently formed for ground handling services of airports in India by the airlines’ counterpart.
Appearing before the Honorable Supreme Court of India in an appeal regarding the benefits of permanency of a contractual worker alongwith the local employment and industrial tribunals.
Liasoning with the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in order to obtain statutory permissions Advising on maternity and other social benefits under the law prevailing at the relevant time.
Drafting responses to Show Cause Notices issued to the airline by customs authorities at various airports in India and attending personal hearings representing the airline’s interests. Drafting pleadings before Consumer Fora and Appellate Tribunals in various states of India in relation to loss of baggage, delay of flights, medical emergencies on board flights, meal change disputes and subsequent claims.
Advising on re-drafting ticketing terms and conditions (particularly inclusion of an arbitration clause in order to consolidate all aviation related disputes under an applicable law favorable to the airlines’ interests and further, for more flexible and speedier dispute resolution) and liability clauses of the airline.
MANPASAND LIFE, Non-Government Organization, Mumbai, India: Conducted food drives in areas of Mumbai during in the COVID-19 pandemic. Rendered vocational training to adults in courses of Spoken English and Computers in order to secure employment.
Distributed utilities to flood/ natural calamity victims in the outskirts of the Indian states from time to time and organized Garage Sales.
Languages: Fluent in English, Gujarati, Hindi and Marathi. IT Proficiency: Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Interests: Athletics, Social Service reforms, Scuba Diving and practicing Yoga.