Esha Mazumdar

LLM International Business and Commercial Law (2010)

What is your current role?

Esha Mazumdar
Esha Mazumdar

I am currently heading the litigation team of my firm besides other roles of a Founder and Managing Partner. The dispute resolution practise has its inherent challenges and responsibilities, but it definitely has its own charm. I’ve had the privilege of working in diverse practise areas and working on matters of constitutional importance. The challenges that you face in litigation keep you on your toes and constantly drive you to acquire more knowledge.

I also had the pleasure of being nominated by the Govt. of National Capital Territory of Delhi to represent its interest before the Administrative Tribunal. This opportunity provided me with nuanced exposure and understanding of the vital functioning of the Administrative system in India. Representing a Govt. authority before the Tribunal helped to hone my abilities and work with some of the best people. 

Why did you choose to study Law at The University of Manchester?

The University of Manchester was always on my mind. I had read about the rich heritage of the University being situated in Manchester, which holds the distinction of the world’s first industrial city. The warmth and friendliness towards foreign students both by the University and the magic in the air of the city definitely made the experience worthwhile.  

Did you always know you wanted to do the career you're in? Did your course help you?

Practising law is definitely what I believe I was always meant to do, however, I must mention this is a career my father motivated me to take up. Yes, Manchester University has been like a dream for me. Although all the Professors and everyone in the Admin Team was extremely encouraging and always happy to help, I distinctly remember the lectures with Professor Rilka Dragneva. Which I enjoyed thoroughly and the kind of inspiration that I got from a woman who was so well versed with the subject.

Even outside of my studies, I’d say the overall experience has definitely played a very important role in shaping my personality. I was brought up as a very protected child, but the experience of meeting and interacting with people from 80 different nationalities completely altered my world view and gave me an amazing platform for understanding different cultures. Manchester is an extremely welcoming and safe place, the warmth of the place and memories would stay with me forever. The exposure and experience are unparalleled.

What has your career journey been like since graduating?

After coming back to India, I had the opportunity of working with one of the leading corporate and dispute resolution firms in India. Thereafter, I was also proud to be associated with one of the leading Senior Advocates from whom I learnt the nuances of litigation.

In 2013, I established my own law firm, which has grown leaps and bounds. Looking back, I am grateful to have been associated with The University of Manchester which provided me with the vision and impetus to strive to achieve.

Tell us about your day-to-day responsibilities? 

Currently, I am the Managing Partner of a full-service law firm in India. I lead the dispute resolution practice of the firm as well as oversee and manage the day to day functioning of the offices of the firm. 

Were there any course units you particularly enjoyed?

Two actually, one was 'Arbitration' taught by Professor Jasem Tarawneh, he was really good with the subject, somehow made every bit of it very interesting, I remember rushing in the morning to reach his class on time. Also, due to his excellent style of teaching, I remember scoring the highest marks in the subject in my batch.

The other of course is 'Corporate Governance' by Professor Rilka Dragneva, to see the in-depth knowledge that Dragneva had was just enthralling. 

Did the skills gained at Manchester help prepare you for your career?

Completely, in fact, I owe it to Manchester. The kind of growth that happens once we meet people from so many different cultures and understand their perspectives, is unparalleled.

Studying at Manchester provided me with the vision and impetus to strive to achieve.

What was the most surprising takeaway from your course?

It would be the habit of doing your work independently and the self-confidence that you gain out of it.

What advice would you give to a potential Law student?

Two things, attend your lectures, work hard and don’t forget to have a good time. Make the most of what you have, explore every opportunity, be like a sponge and soak up all the knowledge.  

Remember, that year will not come back again so don’t forget to enjoy yourself thoroughly.