As a Partner- Dispute Resolution, Smita’s primary fields of practice include regulatory approvals, joint ventures, acquisitions, company law, labour and employment law, exchange control, general commercial transactions and corporate litigation. She also leads the firm’s division on prevention of sexual harassment (POSH). She also leads workshops and client training in sexual harassment prevention.
She has extensively advised clients on various issues relating to retrenchment of employees in accordance with the provisions of the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947 including advice on payments due to such employees under the Provident Fund Act, Gratuity Act, etc., Labour disputes pertaining to employment agreements. Assisted clients in connection with employment contracts of senior managerial personnel and junior level employees.
Assisting clients through challenging disciplinary and legal action processes, such as disciplinary hearings, bargaining council negotiations. Advised clients on handling of POSH cases, been a member in the POSH committee for multinational companies.
Drafted original suits and petitions, interlocutory applications, criminal complaints, notices, reply notices etc., researched case laws, briefed senior counsels and appeared before the High Court as well as lower courts, consumer courts, etc., Karnataka Pollution Control Board, Office of the Commissioner of Central Tax, National Company Law Tribunal at Bangalore.
Through Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP). Drafting and filing of complaint, assisting the client with settlement process.