Roma Arora, the senior legal manager at Havells India, speaks to Rebecca Abraham about the invigorating challenges of in-house work

Today it is easy to take for granted the important role played by in-house lawyers at companies across India. Both the importance of the role and the understanding of it have grown over the past decade.

Roma Arora, senior manager legal at Havells India, recognized these trends early on. In 2005, Arora was fresh out of law school and working at a corporate law firm in Delhi. Like other junior lawyers in private practice, she focused only on the very specific tasks and practice areas that she had been assigned to, but her interactions with in-house lawyers made her realize that they had a much wider remit.

“This prompted me to switch in-house,” says Arora, who soon after moved to an in-house role at Reliance Energy. “I saw that the in-house lawyer’s role had evolved into diverse portfolios and that it gave them an opportunity to work on a wide variety of issues … I feel today that I was correct in realizing this.”

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