A method of Alternate Dispute Resolution, Arbitration is the practise of law where a matter is settled after hearing both parties, by a third party. This allows the parties a chance to settle their dispute out of court and ensures that the dispute is resolved judiciously without the parties having to run around courts, thereby, saving time and resources.
We strive in assisting our clients in arbitral proceedings by filing & challenging the appointment of Arbitrators, filing & defending claims, challenging attachments, if any, filing extension of time applications of the Arbitration Mandate in addition to a number of other ancillary matters.
With the digital age and fast paced development of technology, it has become the need of the hour to recognise the many grievances that the people are faced with. The Information and Technology Act lays down the basic criteria on which Cyber Law is dealt with.
At Thomas George & Associates, we have rendered legal services through assistance in criminal cases in association with the cybercrime cell as well as have rendered advisory and preliminary legal services in matters pertaining to virtual wrongdoings happening on various social media platforms.
Corporate law predominantly involves the regulation of affairs of corporations in accordance with the prevailing rules, regulations and laws. It primarily involves the fulfilment of various legal formalities involved from the formation of the entity until its dissolution. Corporate law governs litigation as well as non-litigation matters. For instance, matters pertaining to the Companies Act, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code can be contested before the Hon’ble National Company Law Tribunals spread throughout the country. Non-litigation matters would cover corporate due-diligence, mergers and acquisitions, drafting of various contracts, etc. which the Firm has ably provided.
The procedures and formalities established under the body of corporate law seek to provide a uniform and systematic framework for corporations to carry on their business.
Consumer & Allied Laws
Consumer laws primarily render safeguards to consumers against deficient goods and services- an area that finds growing importance in light of the development of consumerism in the past several decades. The provisions of law in this regard afford aggrieved parties the solution to approach various fora based on the amount paid for the services.
At Thomas George & Associates, we offer legal advice and related services for matters of medical negligence, deficiency in banking services, employment-related matters and the like. To this effect, we have appeared before the state and district Consumer Dispute Redressal Commissions at Telangana, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh as well as before the National Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission.
The technicality of the law is what determines the applicability of specific statutes and as such, even in consumer grievance related matters, cases with the presence of commercial elements are explicitly not dealt with under consumer law. It must be understood that consumer law can govern any type of dispute for instance, deficiency of railways in case a train arrives late or is cancelled, deficiency of any airlines in case the flight arrives late or is cancelled, matrimonial websites upon failure to find a suitable match, being charged service charge, etc.
Civil litigation essentially involves claims for damages owing to non-criminal injuries. The wide ambit of civil law includes matters related to the laws pertaining to Contract, Banking, Consumer-related grievances, Companies, Matrimonial disputes, Property and the like. The body of legislations under the umbrella of civil law is vast and is extensively detailed on several matters. The procedural aspects governing the litigation of civil cases are of great substance and require intricately navigating the technicalities of courtroom procedure and skilful presentation of facts and circumstances.
At Thomas George & Associates, we offer numerous services pertaining to civil matters. So far, our Firm has assisted clients in filing and defending recovery suits , Partition suits, Injunction suits, Family-related suits, Summary suits, among other civil matters. Our Firm has appeared before:
1. Hon’ble Supreme Court,
2. Hon’ble High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad for the state of Telangana and for the State of Andhra Pradesh,
3. Hon’ble High Court at Bombay,
4. Hon’ble National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission,
5. Hon’ble Debt Recovery Tribunal,
6. Hon’ble State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission,
7. Hon’ble District & Sessions Court most part of India,
8. Hon’ble Civil Courts most part of India,
9. Hon’ble District Consumer Consumer Disputes Redressal Fora etc.
10. Hon’ble Central and State Administrative Tribunal (CAT & APSAT)
Criminal litigation typically involves the application of procedural and substantive laws governing acts recognised as offences under the law. The intricacies and technicalities of the practical law carry immense significance owing to the societal implications and individual lives at stake. The adversarial system of adjudication adopted by the Indian legal framework further necessitates a thorough understanding of the law.
At Thomas George & Associates, we provide services in the aspects of bail, anticipatory bail, conducting trials, assisting the Prosecution on behalf of the de facto complainant, if required etc. across a myriad of criminal matters including theft, cheating, corruption, obstruction of justice, matrimonial offences and the like. We have appeared for clients before the Hon’ble High Court for the state of Telangana, the Hon’ble High Court for the state of Andhra Pradesh and the District Courts situated within the jurisdiction of the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Moreover, we have offered legal services in specialised laws in the matters of domestic violence, SC/ST (prevention of atrocities), among others. Our firm has also undertaken pro bono in several matters under criminal law, in an attempt to contribute to expanding the reach of affordable legal aid in the country.
Intellectual Property Rights
Intellectual property law fundamentally deals with safeguarding the rights of parties over creations of their minds while simultaneously recognising the importance of social distribution of such creations. Intellectual property law pertains to the legalities involved with regard to patents, copyrights, trademarks, industrial design, trade secrets and geographical indications.
At Thomas George & Associates, we provide services in the niche areas of intellectual property through registration of trademarks, patent applications, and also by attending before the Registry to solve any clarifications or objections raised, among others. The rising need to safeguard inventions increases day by day in this era of technology for which we strive our best to enlighten our clients about their rights and remedies available in law.
The field of intellectual property law has gained prominence following the onset of the age of information, fuelled by the need to constantly invent and develop new ideas and concepts in a fast-paced society.
Family & Matrimonial Laws
With changing societal beliefs and increasingly dynamic relationships, family law has come to gain abundant developments. Family law essentially governs the interpersonal relationships between parties in matters of marriage, succession, child welfare, inheritance as have been derived from ages of customary practice. Matrimonial law is a subset of family law, fundamentally dealing with divorce, maintenance, custody, etc.
Our team at Thomas George & Associates has strived to provide harbor to clients by rendering legal advisory and litigation services and reducing the burden of legalities in the midst of the fog of overwhelming emotions that surround the complexities of family and matrimonial matters. In this regard, our team has rendered services in divorce and restitution matters, custody matters, legal heir claims, etc. Our team particularly strives to adopt unique strategies and provide relief to clients.
Our Firm always insists any party who approaches us for a divorce to attend a subsequent counselling session held by the Firm that involves both the spouses so as to salvage the marriage.
Family Courts in India are not only designed to accommodate the needs of disputes related to divorce, custody, but also the Courts have the power to grant orders of Injunction and can also, in appropriate cases, if filed, grant decrees to return the amount spent by any party on the marriage or any other ancillary relief which can be interpreted to be a dispute between members of a family.
The number of cases seeking divorce has been on the rise in the country and thus, a robust mechanism to help the parties understand the rights available under all the family-related laws are made known in the interest of justice.
Moreover, we have also undertaken pro bono work in the area of family and matrimonial laws.
Property & Allied Law
Property law is primarily concerned with ascertaining and structuring the relationships between parties with regard to property as the subject matter. It is concerned with rights and duties associated with ownership and possession of movable and immovable property.
At Thomas George & Associates, we seek to provide arrant legal opinions and thoroughly drafted and vetted documents along with assistance on matters of property litigation. In this regard, we offer services viz., providing opinions, Legal Scrutiny Reports/ Due Diligence Reports, drafting conveyance deeds, as well as matters concerning jural relations and claims of ownership and possession.
The devil lies in the details in the field of property law, from the usage of specific terms in legal documents to the reliance upon judicial decisions for interpretation of customary expressions. As such, the degree of diligence and chariness involved in every transaction demands careful legal assessment and effective advisory.
Property law involves various types of injunctions such as Temporary Injunction, Ad Interim Injunction, Ex-parte Injunction, Mandatory Injunction, Prohibitory Injunction, Perpetual Injunction that can be filed before the concerned Civil Courts. These injunctions are Applications seeking a direction from the Court to restrain a person from doing an act or to direct a person to do an act. Reliefs of injunction can be molded in any manner to suit the needs of the client.
Taxation law matters demand an informed navigation through the intricacies of tax-related and incidental fiscal statutes- a task that involves being conversant with frequent developments made in the field. Primarily, taxation law requires the application of rules and regulations notified by various tax authorities vis-a-vis direct tax, indirect tax and ancillary matters. In this regard, the Firm has rendered legal services in the aspects of GST (Goods and Services Tax) registration, double taxation of goods and allied matters in the area of taxation law.
Our team at Thomas George & Associates seeks to render services in the field of taxation law, by striving to bridge the gap between the complexities of the law and the fiscal duties of individual as well as corporate clients. The cost of discrepancies in taxation matters enhances the need for meticulousness. Furthermore, the Firm ensures that modern developments as well as cardinal principles of the nuanced field of taxation law are patently incorporated into its legal advisory and practice, and offered to clients with coherence.
In today’s era of the crippling financial conditions, payment by way of cheques, blank cheques, post-dated cheques, etc. have become the norm of the day. The problem arises only when such instruments are not honored.
The Firm always enlightens our clients to always respond to any legal notice as well as any Summons issued by any Court of law as knowledge of a case that may be filed or already filed is very important. The law relating to the dishonor of cheques is extremely technical in nature and the Firm aims to fulfil the requirements stipulated in the law. The Firm has filed a number of cases and has defended many cases before the Criminal Courts in Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Surat, Hyderabad, Nalgonda, Bengaluru, etc. Further, the Firm has been appointed on the panel of various banks and financial institutions.
Banking Law is an esoteric practice of law and demands a person with a niche training to navigate through the many intricacies that a dispute might bring up. The subject deals with issues facing the banking sector and the various provisions of law allow the aggrieved parties to approach multiple foras.
At Thomas George and Associates, we have extended our support in this field to both- banks as well as borrowers. Banking laws govern the Recovery of Debts Due to Banks and Financial Institutions Act, 1993, Securitization and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest Act, 2002 (SARFAESI), etc. and Applications, if filed on time can save the borrowers properties from being sold. Further, the Firm has been appointed on the panel of various banks and financial institutions, and has appeared before the Debt Recovery Tribunals in Hyderabad, Pune, and Aurangabad. Another important facet in banking law is scrutinising and vetting documents to assist the banks while approving loans.