Taking a cue from the Sanskrit word 'Advaita' (meaning singular, unique), Advaita Legal ("Advaita"/"Firm") was set up in September 2013 as a tax boutique law firm with a vision to provide workable legal solutions attuned to the requirements of its clientele. What started as a seven member team of lawyers (in the direct tax and indirect tax verticals) has now grown into a forty five (45) member strong team with newer practice areas covering corporate/M&A, infrastructure and projects and employments laws in a short span of less than four years.
The team(s) in Advaita combine their substantive legal expertise in a diverse array of disciplines, issues and industries with an in-depth understanding of administrative, regulatory and legislative processes to provide the clients with a 360° experience. As a growing young firm, the lawyers at Advaita are staunch believers of going beyond the call of duty. The Firm consists of a young, passionate and driven team of lawyers mentored by well-established leaders in the domain of direct and indirect tax, projects and energy and corporate and M&A laws. A lot of emphasis is placed on the quality and value of the deliverables being sent across to the client(s) and the team(s) achieves this by ensuring significantly higher senior lawyer(s) time spent on assignments as compared to its peers.
A novel feature of the Firm's litigation strategy is the extensive and successful use of constitutional and administrative law principles in resolving tax litigation. A prominent example of such success is the landmark judgment of the Hon'ble Gujarat High Court in Alstom India, which struck down as unconstitutional the provisions of the Handbook of Procedure through which the DGFT sought to vest itself with the powers of review which were otherwise not conferred on it statutorily. The Firm has also been instrumental in securing judicial relief for leading e-commerce and alcohol companies, from service tax demands, by taking extensive recourse to constitutional law principles. The Firm also strives to provide novel strategic advice to companies ranging from conglomerates to new age technology companies on various tax implications arising out of their business operations. The Firm also boasts of considerable experience in the field of Transfer Pricing Litigation and Advisory and has been instrumental in securing judicial relief for clients in fora ranging from the Tribunal to the Supreme Court.
The Firm has received numerous accolades over the past year which include being awarded the Rising Law Firm of the Year by Legal Era and the Runner-up Award for Startup Firm of the Year by IDEX. The Firm's National Head, Mr. Sujit Ghosh, is an internationally ranked lawyer, having been consistently by International Tax Review as a leading tax litigator from India, in addition to domestic accolades received from Indian National Bar Association, Legal Era and Leadership Excellence Awards.
The Firm's service offerings include:
- Tax Litigation (Indirect and Corporate)
- Tax Advisory (Indirect and Corporate)
- GST Advisory and Implementation
- Transfer Pricing Litigation and Advisory
- Projects and Energy
- Labour and Employment
- Corporate and M&A
Key Contacts – Tax:
Sujit Ghosh, Managing Partner:
(O): 011 3323 2701
(M): +91 98110 19857
Email id: email@example.com
Delhi – 703-706, 7th Floor, E Block, International Trade Tower, Nehru Place, New Delhi – 110019
Mumbai – Lodha Excelus, 1st Floor, Apollo Mills Compound, N.M. Joshi Marg, Mahalakshmi, Mumbai – 400011
Bangalore – D/313, Shobha Morvaria Grandeur, 4/1 Bannerghatta Main Road, Near Dairy Circle, Bangalore – 560 029
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Sujit Ghosh is the national head and managing partner of Advaita Legal. In the last year, the following tax professionals have joined the practice: Thej Aravapalli, Yashaswi Kant Sharma, Tushar Joshi, Abhishek Garg and Shrey Bharadwaj.
A feature of the firm's litigation strategy has been the use of administrative law and constitutional law principles in challenging proceedings instigated against its clients. Advaita Legal also provides strategic advisory services to its clients on the legal and regulatory framework affecting their various operations.
It has advised infrastructure companies on issues arising from GST and made representations on its clients' behalves. The Indian government accepted one suggestion, which was a result of the representations and incorporated it in the revised model GST law in November 2016.
In 2017, the practice advised Dish TV in a corporate tax matter concerning the applicability of provisions pertaining to PoEM and GAAR under the Income Tax Act 1961.