Banthia & Co. Advocates: An embodiment of excellence, growth and perfection revolutionizing and augmenting the conventional methods of advocacy
In an era that has more entrepreneurs than ever, there are those who continue to define life by cultivating dynamic changes in the industry and are successful at doing so. Neelesh Banthia is one of them. He’s a seasoned lawyer and an eternal optimist who found his calling in the Indian Law Industry and is proud to acknowledge it. He’s someone who doesn’t play the ego card, is easy to reach and “he learns from the people around him and experience. His dream is to personally work for His Holiness Supreme Pontiff Pope Francis someday.”
It’s always a delicacy to get around those leaders who talk about visions and ideas. Initially, when Neelesh started his law practice, he was questioned by people around him as even after taking the legacy of legal practice, he was not very much welcomed in the industry and in the first 3 years of his law practice, he was only able to earn Rs. 480. But then he was given break in life by Sr. Margret Mary and from there he decided to work for Church. We sat down with Neelesh who is currently busy in empowering and bringing change in the law industry with Banthia & Co. Advocates with his visionary thinking. A progressively driven firm, Banthia & Co. Advocates (BCA) covers every inch of the property law and real estate matters across the country and majorly serves Archdioceses/Dioceses and Religious Congregations of Roman Catholic Church spread across the globe. Nourished by its presence nearly in all the states of India, expertise in local laws has metamorphosed into the company’s forte, thus ensuring the maximum competency in legal solutions. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg of the leader; BCA’s passion towards serving the legal profession has stimulated its activities even internationally, currently the firm has established its footprints globally by having 6 International offices in Dubai, Japan, Singapore, Turkey, U.K (BLS-Banthia Legal Services- a UK based Knowledge Process Outsourcing Company and a subsidiary of BCA) and the U.S. Apart from this the firm also operates 2 delegate International offices in New York and Chicago. BCA provides multiple services pertaining to Legal Outsourcing, Paralegal and Secretarial Services with a team of over 370+ advocates and personnel.
Neelesh dictates Banthia & Co. Advocates’ chronoscope, “My Great Grandfather Late Shri Mishrilal Ji Sb. Banthia started his career in 1927 at Baran, Rajasthan where he exercised his judicial powers during the British period. The legacy was continued by my grandfather Late Shri Nihal Singh Ji Sb. Banthia and he established Banthia & Co. Advocates in 1953 with its Headquarter at Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) India, with the vision of bringing together committed and specialized advocates under a roof to provide best possible legal services to the clients of various sectors in central India. Presently my father Mr B.S. Banthia (Supreme Court Advocate) and I, Neelesh Banthia are running the firm with full dedication and commitment throughout the country. We started with 3 offices and a workforce of 10 advocates while at present we have a full-fledged team of 400 advocates and 23 offices across the world.”
During the interview, he shared much more with us. Here are the edited excerpts.
How has the company maintained its momentum?
Further, we believe in perfection, punctuality, sincerity and commitment to work and believe in maintaining friendly and cordial long-term relationship with clients.
Also since we are equipped with the state-of-the-art & communication facilities, Firm pinpoints ‘expertise in local laws’ as its forte. Ensuring maximum competency along with adding benefit to have an easy access to local resources for in-depth research and investigations, the company pledges to deliver various inputs and valuable insights for the development of the economic & commercial condition of the country. Spotting ‘Regularization of Properties’ as our flagship offering we also deal in international investment & property matters.
We as a law firm do not believe in designations and always try to bridge the gap between senior and junior advocates. We have recently noticed that where senior lawyers have the experience, junior lawyers have a very good command on technology and we try to bring these two together to provide the best possible results to clients in various sectors.
What problem does your company solve and how are you different from others in the Consulting Industry?
We provide 24 x 7 services to our clients across the globe and believe in maintaining personal and long-term relationships. While handling a problem we not only concentrate on the basic facts but pay attention to look at the overall picture and understand the needs of client in long-term by concentrating on every minute detail and come up with the best possible options that our clients can implement, we then along with the client understand the options by enlightening them about the benefits of the prescribed solution and anticipating the consequences in advance by professional help, so that our clients should get the best possible outcome of their problems. Key Values of our firm which differentiates us from our competitors.
- Access to client
- Personal relationship
- Confidentiality and Reputation
- Core values
- Successful completion of firm’s 65 years in the legal profession.
- The first law firm in India to establish a tie-up office in Turkey.
- Creating a benchmark of opening 7 International Offices across the world and serving clients across the globe.
- Serving around 20 Archdiocese/Diocese and 80 Religious Congregations worldwide
- Commencement of a UK based KPO Company in the name and style of Banthia Legal Services UK Ltd.
- Mr Neelesh Banthia acknowledged with the membership of International Council of Jurists.
- Recognized as the TOP 10 PROMISING LEGAL CONSULTANTS IN INDIA by Legal Consultants Magazine, September 2017.
- Recognized as THE 10 BEST CONSTITUTIONAL LEGAL FIRMS IN 2017 by a leading business magazine.
- Reviewed as THE 50 MOST PROMINENT CONSULTING COMPANIES, January 2018 edition.
- Reviewed as THE 10 MOST TRUSTED PROPERTY LAW CONSULTANTS IN INDIA, September 2018 edition.
- Reviewed as THE 10 MOST ADMIRE COMPANIES TO WATCH IN 2018, September edition
- Commencement of new office in Tokyo, Japan as an Associate Office with HARAGUCHI INTERNATIONAL LAW OFFICE.
What are the big milestones you are looking to achieve in 2018 and beyond?
We are also planning to expand ourselves globally in more countries, apart from that we have already entered into other ventures like Knowledge Process Outsourcing through our registered company in the UK in the name of Banthia Legal Services UK Ltd. We have also started working on the due diligence and compliance in relation to property and investment matters.
At present we are focusing on opening more international offices like in Mexico, Australia, France etc. along with opening more parallel ventures in the field of law like Legal Compliance. Future developments may include starting an office in Canada, Australia, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, France and venturing into more legal fields.
What advice can you give entrepreneurs who want to venture into the same domain in the future?
Be dedicated and punctual towards your work. It is utmost important to maintain a cordial relationship with your clients and if possible personal relationship shall be maintained with them. Never take your clients and employees for granted as you need them as much as they need you. Further, develop a team of trusted lieutenants around you who can take decisions on your behalf in your absence, it is very important to run the organization.
Mr Neelesh Banthia
“I started my career as a Pilot Officer and then worked in various countries at good positions but in coming years I realized that I can provide a new direction and work environment to the firm and make it reach greater heights. After having the experience to work in various countries outside India I learned the traits of professionalism which I embedded in my work here in India. After coming to India I realized that advocates here are still following conventional methods of practice and lack commitment, punctuality and loyalty towards clients, they are not very approachable and organized in their work. I wanted to change this scenario and chose to join this profession to carry on the legacy and bringing a change in this profession with a dynamic approach and reorient the conventional ways of legal practice with commitment, honesty, obedience, and ability to deliver the work in the least possible time.”
Mr Neelesh Banthia is a seasoned lawyer and well experienced in dealing with legal matters across the globe. He has around 19+ years of experience and currently managing a team of around 370+ lawyers, specialized in handling variety of legal works from different jurisdictions across continents. Being the owner of one of the leading law firms in India, he also acquires the position amongst the youngest law firm owners in India. His commitment, vision, dedication and persistence has helped Banthia & Co. Advocates to emerge as a multifaceted international law firm.