Advocate Urvi Rathod: An Epitome of Women Empowerment in the Legal Arena
With the change in times, women are no longer bound to domesticity. They have made a place for themselves in the previously male-dominated business world. One such example of women outshining men is Advocate Urvi Rathod, President of UR Legal (International law firm). Advocate Urvi Rathod is an internationally acclaimed civil lawyer, practicing since more than twenty two years. UR Legal is an International law firm having its associates in India, Spain, UAE (Dubai), Nepal (Kathmandu), and the list goes on.
Her company, UR Legal, (International Law Firm) Advocates & Legal Consultants is one of the leading law firms in Mumbai, and consists of attorneys that are experts in different areas of law. The associates of the firm include legal advisors, counsels, chartered accountants (CA) & company secretaries (CS). The complicated legal matters & litigation/ arbitration arising out of it, are technically handled by a team of learned counsels. They also help in tackling matters related to arbitration through a team of lawyers.
Solutions regarding family matters are also provided by the legal Counsel. The Medico-legal framework of the firm tackles the matters related to Surrogacy with utmost care.
They specialize in civil law (litigation), writ petitions, real estate disputes, debt recovery tribunal, probate, Letter of Administration, money suit etc., all types of Deeds & documentations (Agreement for Sale, Memorandum Of Understanding, Development Agreement, Joint venture Agreement, Power Of Attorney, Leave & License, wills, adoption deed and other relevant legal documents, Declaration / Affidavit), conveyance matters (Stamp duty & Registration, Deemed Conveyance), Rent Act matters (Pagdi matters), Company Law & corporate matters (Merger & Amalgamation), Arbitration & Conciliation, Co-operative Societies Act ( Formation of Society, Misappropriation of fund, Deregistration of Society etc.), family matters (Divorce, Child Custody, Annulment of marriage), LGBT matters, Intellectual property & Trademark (IPR), Surrogacy (India as well as abroad)/ IVF /Stem Cell (Medico legal matters), immigration & permanent resident etc., media & entertainment, assistance in passport, apostle stamp, home department stamp, external ministry stamp, notary etc. The latest boom of redevelopment projects has led to one more addition to their specializations.
They also perform International Liaison work assisting in setting up businesses or factories, immigration work, opening branch offices, International Contracts, MoU-Contracts etc. They have associate offices in Spain, UAE (Dubai) & Nepal (Kathmandu).
The law firm has won numerous awards, like,
- 2019 Global Law Experts Annual Award, “Surrogacy Law – Law Firm of the year in India” from UK
- 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016 and 2014: Corporate Intl Global Awards,“Surrogacy Law – Law Firm of the Year in India”
- Global Law Experts (GLE) 7th Annual Global Law Experts Awards under category “Surrogacy Law Firm of the Year in India – 2016”
- Acquisition International’s “Distinguished in Dispute Resolution Award”, 2016
- An extract of Urvi Rathod’s interview published in Femina, May 2014.
Owing to her dedication and hard work, Advocate Urvi Rathod is a name of repute having global recognition. She has received a number of International Awards in the last six years.
Advocate Urvi has frequently been especially invited to chair sessions from the most reputed institutions like national law universities, colleges & the ministry, for national & international conferences, medico-legal conferences, social conferences, conferences organized by legal fraternity, conferences of film & media industry, arbitration conferences etc.
Being a woman, the story of Advocate Urvi Rathod’s struggle is markedly different from other success stories.
From childhood her only aim was to fulfill her Grandpa’s wish to become a lawyer. It was a quite clear vision and after graduating in Commerce, immediately she took up Law. After finishing Law, she did solicitor’s articles with one of the most reputed solicitor firm, Shah & Sanghavi. After marriage, like every woman, she took a break for a couple of years from the legal field, which she says was very near to her heart, when she was blessed with a baby boy. This break gave her inner strength and new avenues to explore. During the period internet & Google became her lifeline. She gave free online consultancy and got noticed by a Spanish law firm, which approached and requested her to assist them in Medico-legal Surrogacy matters.
The journey of entering International field began right there. She then studied International Medico-legal Law of different countries, and started assisting clients from other nations. For probably the first time in India, she handled different Consulates/Embassies, for getting exit visas for the clients. Working day & night took a toll over her health. However, she didn’t let it affect her work & she overcomes this and bounced back with more strength. After handling more than a hundred foreign clients, every year from nearly 34 countries, for almost 9 years, some Consulates & Embassies considered their documents as the required documents for their own countries. Due to this, specialized Medico-legal work and other civil matters from different countries started coming in and since then, there was no looking back. Due to her dedication & extreme hard work, Adv. Urvi has received many international awards till date. Timely work and extended support to client are her ways to success. She also did a lot of Pro Bono work and gave free consultancy to hundreds of clients.
Always remembering and following her father’s words, “Hard work & success go hand in hand”, helped her achieve so much. She mentions her parents pride for her, and cherishes her late father’s memories in her heart. Her successful and extraordinary journey is also accredited to her husband Advocate Rajesh Rathod and her son Jeet’s continuous support. Their encouragement to her to follow her passion, legal practice, and standing by her side constantly each and every moment paid off. She is grateful also for the support of her family and her in-laws, without whom, she believes, she could not have come this far.
Even in the 21st century, women empowerment is not accepted by many people, she feels. There is an “it’s okay” attitude toward working women, but confidence & knowledge help bring changes in society. Those days are not too far where women will lead every sector, states Urvi.
According to her, it is a well-accepted fact that women can play multiple roles at the same time, and their wise thoughts and mature decisions often give positive results. Women are handling much work in Bhutan, & it is said that “Happy Women = Happy State.”
Apart from trying to help and uplift women, Urvi provides free legal consultancy to a number of people, takes part in social work & take a lead to guide them legally when Public at large is affected.
Her husband, Advocate Rajesh Rathod – Counsel of Mumbai High Court, who has stood by her all along, is the Senior Legal Consultant of UR Legal International Law Firm.
Advocate Urvi Rathod believes that dedication and hard work are the keys to success. To keep reading and getting connected with the right people are essential to achieving your dreams.