January 27, 2021

Start-up Talk: Decoding and Experiencing the Success Story of Team Deadly Law

Deadly Law was started by Mr. Dilawar Khan who’s an Advocate at Calcutta High Court as a legal blog and journal. In 2018, Anwesh, Apurv joined and three of us completely turned the page into a meme page, posting funny content related to law and 2 years down the line, they’re at 115k on Facebook. Last year we started our Instagram page in the month of July and in little over a year are nearing 45k.

Hi Team. Please introduce yourself to our readers.

Anwesh Panigrahi- I’m from Cuttack, Odisha. Completed my B.B.A LL. B. from School of Law, KIIT University in the year 2019 and has been practicing in Orissa High Court ever since. Cleared the AIBE exam in 2019.

Apurv Shaurya- I hail from Patna, Bihar. I did my B.A.LL.B. from KIIT Law School, Bhubaneswar in the year 2019 and my LL.M. from National Law University, Delhi in the year 2020. I also qualified UGC-NET for Assistant Professor in 2019 though currently I am aiming for Judicial Services.

Aayushi Shankar- Nativity is from Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh but I have lived in different parts of the country. I pursued BA LLB (Hons.) from KIIT School of Law, Bhubaneswar. After completing 5 years of my graduate life in 2018, I did LLM from my Alma Mater in the year 2019 where I chose Family Law as my specialization and cleared Bar exam too. I started practicing at National Company Law Tribunal, Mumbai in 2019. I worked there as a legal associate/retainer at a CA firm in Navi Mumbai where I handled cases mostly under Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code and S.138 NI Act. Currently I’m back at my native place as the office has been closed due to pandemic.

Please tell us about Deadly Law. What prompted you to start Deadly Law? How did you guys start Deadly Law? Considering its something different, what challenges do you faced? Considering its something different, what challenges do you faced?

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(Anwesh): Deadly Law was started by our Founder Mr. Dilawar Khan who’s an Advocate at Calcutta High Court as a legal blog and journal and due to time constraints and other unavoidable obstacles, couldn’t be continued. In 2018, I (Anwesh), Apurv joined and three of us completely turned the page into a meme page, posting funny content related to law and 2 years down the line, we’re at 115k on Facebook.

(Aayushi Shankar): I joined Deadly Law in 2014 when I was in second year of my law school. I have always been interested in writing and Dilawar bhaiya was looking for someone to look after the news section of the website. That’s how I was given the role of Editor-in-chief of the news section in the website. Even after the website got down, I have been associated with it and now we have started our own franchise of Online Courses. From a few to a family of thousands, Deadly Law has come a long way indeed.

(Team): Last year we started our Instagram page in the month of July and in little over a year are nearing 45k. Our Twitter handle is gradually amassing popularity as well. We have our WhatsApp and Telegram groups, where law students and law professionals across India connect to each other and help each other out.

Last month we launched our first online certificate course on Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 and 65 students enrolled for the course. It was a very challenging experience and the team had to work really hard, putting in efforts day and night to prepare the course and prepare the platform to impart it to the participants. As you are well aware about the huge fees of Law College, which cannot be afforded by many people of the country. We aim to give such level of education by virtual platform. Our aim is to build a platform where everyone can have access to quality education through online medium. Next up we are planning to start an online certificate course on Law of Trademarks which is scheduled to start later this month.

The journey has been challenging, but fun at the same time. We started the meme page as a hobby and with the common intention of giving people an opportunity to smile after they’ve had a tough day at work, so that they can browse through their feed and have a happy time. Some people have even gotten offended and sent us death threats over texts and calls but then there would not have been memories had these things not happened. We’ve struggled together, achieved whatever we have together. We at Deadly Law, are more of a family than a team.

“Even though there are 9 people who hate you and criticise you in everything you do there will always be that one person who’ll always support you and love you.” We are what we are today because of our followers, our Deadly Law family and as Dean Winchester once said “Family don’t end in blood. But it doesn’t start there either”.

We put in all our efforts for our followers, bringing them the best spine tickling content and the love and appreciation we receive from them in return is a blessing and motivate us to work harder.

Anwesh, you have recently joined litigation. How has been your experience till now?

In law school we were trained and taught in a corporate set up, but to be very honest, I wasn’t quite attracted to the dull “9 to 6” Corporate Life. I graduated from law school and coming from a family of Advocates (me being a 3rd generation Advocate) it was pretty obvious that I would join Litigation. But my parents had other plans for me. They wanted me to study and appear for Judiciary. It wasn’t a career choice for me, but the perks were quite appealing and hence I thought of giving it a try. I also joined my father’s chamber (taking full and fair advantage of nepotism) and started assisting him. Everyday is a new learning experience for me. I used to think that litigation is boring and I wasn’t sure if it was something I wanted to do in life as it required a lot of patience and perseverance and I wasn’t quite sure if I had it in me.

It’s been over a year now; I have been handling a few of my father’s matters now and it has been a great learning curve for me. From getting scolded daily for making silly mistakes to drafting, filing and appearing on my own, this journey has been challenging yet fun. The initial road was bumpy, but then there’s no fun without the obstacles. You fall, you get up, brush yourself and prepare for the next fall. You fall again and again and one day you rise, rise so high that you reach great heights. All you got to do is believe in yourself and work hard without expecting results initially. You’ll eventually get there.

Anwesh, any tips for our readers to clear AIBE Exam?

I had appeared AIBE last year in the month of September and cleared it in the 1st attempt. The questions were basic, nothing out of syllabus and everything that you study in law school. It is an open book exam so a little smart study would help you in clearing the exam. Before appearing for the exam, I was told by Advocates and some seniors that it is a very tough exam and the questions are really hard to understand and that it is very tough to clear AIBE in the 1st attempt. But after giving the exam and clearing it, I can very well say that it is a very basic exam that tests your basic understanding in law.

Plus, you can carry your bare acts to refer to during the exam, which makes it easier for you. However, you just can’t go in there carrying a bare act, you need to study and understand the laws before going in there. You should know where to find a particular law in the bare act. “A great Advocate isn’t one who knows all the laws. A great Advocate is one who knows where to find all the laws”. I’ve seen people going through text books before the AIBE exam, but I’d suggest that going through the bare acts is enough to clear the exam with ease.

Apurv, you did your LL.M. from National Law University, Delhi. Please explain our readers guide us about the same. Apurv, you’re also UGC-NET qualified. Please let us know your preparation strategy.

To be very honest, the method of clearing AILET and UGC-NET has been the same for me so consider this as an answer to both.

To qualify any Exam like this, three things play an important role –

1) A group of friends. I don’t know if it is true for others or not, but for me, preparing for anything alone means I will lose motivation in like a week. A group of friends, who sit next table in college library, who after the evening tea break remind you to not waste time and go to library, with whom you can have a cup of coffee when you get exhausted, is very important. People with whom you can share your progress and doubts, they keep you on track.

2) MCQs. Solve as many as you can. Take a book of MCQs and previous year papers and solve hundreds in one day. The questions whose answer you get wrong, note it down and revise it after every few days. Law is like an ocean. MCQs not only objectively help you learn points; they also tell you what you need to learn from exam point of view. Knowing what to study and knowing what NOT to study, both are important.

3) Have a little confidence. I have often seen people not filing AILET form claiming that they know it very well that they can’t qualify it. Every time you get a thought like this, remember that the people who qualify exams like these, have only two things in common – They are Law students, and that they worked honest and hard. You need no other qualification. You were not in an NLU? You weren’t in the list of the ‘Best’ students? Doesn’t matter.

The key is to work hard and honest. Work in group, and work smartly with confidence.

I Also keep myself entertained during preparations. While preparing I one episode of a TV Show at night. A one-hour long episode after investing my brain the whole day saves me from the monotone.

This was my strategy, and frankly, it also was the strategy of my respected seniors who guided us. Can’t guarantee it would work for everyone, but can definitely claim that it worked for me as well as a lot of people I know.

Aayushi, you have recently joined litigation. How has been your experience till now? You have a lot of work experience, please let us know about it. Aayushi, do you have anything to say about growing importance of IBC?

In 2019 I started practicing at NCLT mumbai, since my background was in criminal and family law, I had to an extensive research on IBC and related laws. After joining a firm, within 2 weeks I got the chance to appear for a matter related to IBC. The case disposal under IBC is swifter compared to other enactments. The prescribed formats and Forms under the Code has lessened the hassle of editing and drafting the Application and Petition.

Although Filing fresh cases was a huge struggle because, there were new guidelines/rules every now and then regarding filing of the said Documents. I also drafted complaints under sec 138 NI Act, several Interlocutory Applications, Miscellaneous Applications and Appeals etc.

It will be an understatement to say that my journey as a litigator was smooth and full of achievements. Every day there were new challenges and deadlines to meet. The pressure before every appearance, especially before those cases which were enlisted as a priority matter was immense and overwhelming. Each and every appearance that I made within a span of these 6-7 months have been a different experience altogether.

The thrill of appearing and putting forth arguments infront of Judges is something every lawyer should experience in their Career. About IBC, I would say that it has really made the disposal of cases faster and in the coming years, the dynamic nature of this law is going to change the whole scenario of insolvency laws in India.

What would be your parting message to our readers?

“Work hard in silence, let your success do the talking”. From being just a meme page to being one of India’s leading platform for law students/Advocates to connect to each other (through our WhatsApp and Telegram groups where people interact and connect to each other and help each other out) to starting our own Online Certificate Course, we’ve a long way. But as Robert Frost quotes “Miles to go before I sleep”, we indeed have a long way to go.

To everyone reading this, never give up on your dreams. The road is long and scary, you will have to struggle a lot, but all the struggle is worth it. Life will throw a lot of opportunities at you, but it’s upon you to decide whether you’d want to dodge it or catch it and make the best use of it. Cheers!!

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