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Welcome to

Sanctum Law

We are not just a run-of-the-mill law firm, but a lawyers'
collective who strive to make a wholesome and revolutionary difference in the way legal services are provided. With a combination of excellent practical experience and adoption of innovative strategies, Sanctum Law delivers effective and efficient time-bound legal results to clients.

LATEST UPDATES AND ARTICLES

SUPREME COURT JUDGEMENT UPHOLDS VIRES OF ASPECTS OF RERA AND WIDENS ITS SCOPE

MAR 2022

DETERMINATION OF MARKET VALUE FOR COMPENSATION

MAR 2022

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ABOUT US

“As long as I live, so long do I learn”
                                              ~The Paramahamsa

Our Focus

Sanctum Law is a law practice,
primarily focussing on

  • Dispute resolution

  • Real estate

  • General corporate

Our vast experience spans a wide range of sectors such as commercial and contentious litigation, arbitration, real estate, company law, family law, antitrust (competition) law, consumer law, intellectual property litigation, service law, trade law and criminal law.

Our Philosophy

Kaizen /kaɪˈzɛn/ (n.)

a philosophy of continuous improvement of working practices that underlies total quality management and in-time business techniques.

   

Founded in 2018 on the simple yet profound Japanese premise of kaizen, we, at Sanctum Law, adopt ingenious strategies and a simple yet sophisticated approach to legal issues, combining it with our healthy and happy work culture, to ensure time-bound, efficient, effective and most importantly practical results for clients.

Our Identity

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Our logo represents the firm’s inherent values and ethos. The Gandabherunda, the mythical Phoenix-like creature, popular by its presence in Karnataka’s state emblem, represents the regional origins of the firm. The widely outstretched wings reflect the freedom and ambition of the firm to grow into an institution.
 

The Golden Eyes of the Tiger, represents the nationality of the firm. The aggressive golden eyes reflects skilful attention to detail to the task at hand. The letter ‘S’ at the centre is reflective of the name of the firm, Sanctum, meaning ‘core’, indicating the initials of our founders who form the core of the firm.

 
 

EXPERIENCE

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High

Courts

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Trial

Courts

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Tribunals

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Real

Estate

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General

Corporate

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Compliance

Audits

 

PEOPLE

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Sammith S

Founder and Principal Attorney

sammith@sanctumlaw.com

+91 98868 38852

Academic qualification

  • B.A.L, LL.B, University Law College, Bangalore Recipient of two gold medals for academic proficiency-

    • Prof. V.B. Coutinho Gold Medal for Jurisprudence

    • Pradhana Shiromani Nyapathi Madhava Rao Gold Medal for Family Law

  • LL.M (International Business Law), London School of Economics & Political Science, London Jhunjhunwala-LSE India Scholar

Core focus areas

Commercial and contentious litigation, writ litigation, real estate law, arbitration, criminal law, company law, contract law, white collar crime, employment law, family law, competition (antitrust) law, intellectual property litigation and technology, media & telecommunications laws.

Previous affiliations

Industry leading antitrust practices at India’s magic circle law firms, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas and AZB & Partners.

 

Sammith is the founder of Sanctum Law. He represents most of South India’s leading real estate developers having presence in Bangalore, in addition to being an empanelled advisor to Confederation of Real Estate Developers Associations of India (CREDAI), Bangalore/Karnataka, and a Governing Body Secretary of the India-Building Information Modelling Association (IBIMA).

 

Sammith appears for and advises a wide variety of clients ranging from multinational conglomerates to start-up enterprises. He is an ardent litigator and has appeared before the Supreme Court and various High Courts. In addition, he regularly assists in settling various types of agreements, compliance audits and real estate title due diligence.

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Shivanand S

Mentor and Senior Consultant

shivanand@sanctumlaw.com

+91 94484 78861

Academic qualification

  • B.Com, Kuvempu University, Shivamogga

  • LL.B, Sree Jagadguru Renukacharya College of Law, Bangalore

Core focus areas

Commercial and contentious litigation, real estate law, criminal law, family law.

Shivanand is a mentor and senior consultant with Sanctum Law. With an experience spanning more than 30 years, Shivanand carries the reputation of being a stand-out arguing counsel and has an excellent rapport with members of both the Bar and the Bench. Shivanand has successfully represented leading real estate players and multinational companies in matters before the Karnataka High Court and the Supreme Court of India.

 

Shivanand holds the distinction of the being the first advocate to cross-examine former Prime Minister of India, Mr. HD Deve Gowda, in an election petition. He has also successfully appeared in writ petitions contesting arbitrary land laws such as the Karnataka Land Revenue Act, Karnataka Land Reforms Act, Land Acquisition Act, etc. His in-depth knowledge of land laws makes him the preferred choice of leading real estate players for availing a wide array of legal services ranging from title opinions to representation in writ petitions. His experience and thorough understanding of the legal system makes him an invaluable asset to the firm.

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Madhusudan V.

Senior Associate

Academic qualification

  • B.Com, Alvas Education Foundation, Moodbidre

  • LL.B, KLE Society’s Law College, Bangalore

Core focus areas

Civil & Writ Litigation | General Corporate

Previous affiliations

Chambers of Advocate T.Karumbaiah, Bangalore 

madhu@sanctumlaw.com  +91 97402 42321

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Gautham R.

Associate

 Academic qualification

B.A., LL.B, University Law College, Bangalore

Recipient of four gold medals for academic proficiency:

  • Sri A.C. Nanjappa Memorial Gold Medal for securing 1st Rank in the University

  • Pradhana Shiromani Nyapathi Madhava Rao Gold Medal for Family Law

  • Mapanna Kharge Memorial Gold Medal for Constitutional Law

  • Justice P.K. Syamsundar Memorial Gold Medal for Civil Procedure Code and Limitation Act

  • Diploma in Cyber Law, Asian School of Cyber Laws

Core focus areas

Writ litigation | Arbitration | General Corporate | Real Estate 

gautham@sanctumlaw.com

+91 87623 12065

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Rajath Hongal

Associate

Academic qualification

B.A., LL.B (Hons.), Bangalore Institute of Legal Studies, Bangalore

Core focus areas

Criminal Law | Service Law | Family Law

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rajath@sanctumlaw.com

 +91 96327 77619

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Vinudeep R.

Associate

Academic qualification

B.Com, LL.B (Hons.),
Tamil Nadu National Law University, Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu.

  • Recipient of Prof. K. Govindarajan Gold Medal for Code of Civil Procedure

  • Advanced Post Graduate Diploma in Criminal Law and Forensic Sciences, NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad

Core focus areas

Civil Law | Property Law | Intellectual Property Law | Family Law

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vinudeep@sanctumlaw.com

+91 97513 17297

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Ramula K

Associate

Academic qualification

B.A.LL.B (Constitutional Law Hons.)

National Law University, Jodhpur

Core focus areas

Writ Litigation | Arbitration | Criminal Law

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ramula@sanctumlaw.com

+91 96116 19888

Associate

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disha@sanctumlaw.com

+91 94828 74412

Associate

Disha Dharamraj

Academic qualification

B.A. LL.B,

CMR Law School, Bangalore

Recipient of Yes Bank-Social Media for Change Fellowship

Core focus areas

Intellectual Property Law | Taxation 

Commercial Litigation | Writ Litigation

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Akshay N.

Office Manager & Court Clerk

contact@sanctumlaw.com

+91 74116 32728

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Lidvina Santosh

Executive Assistant

Academic qualification

  • B.A., PG.DHRM,
    Mysore University

lidvina@sanctumlaw.com

+91 72048 96692

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PUBLICATIONS

Articles

Losses Due to Pandemic: Insurability, Scope and Limits

March 2022 | Vinudeep R.

The world is not what it was at the beginning of the year 2020. A pandemic has substantially changed the way business is carried out in almost all walks of life. A lockdown to contain this pandemic roughly between March and May 2020 hit several businesses hard dragging them to loss of income and other such problems. In the light of this situation, this paper seeks to discuss the possibility of force majeure risk insurance.

Updates

Supreme court judgement upholds vires of aspects of rera and widens its scope

MAR 2022

March 2022 | Vinudeep R.

​clinical trials are less known about in india, especially by our rural population. There seems to be a dire need for creating public awareness and understanding of clinical trials/research and consequently the importance of informed consent, and other pre-requisites of conducting a clinical trial in india. This being the case, this paper shall specifically deal with the ethical and legal concerns that may arise out of paying clinical trial patients. 

SC/ST Granted Lands: Conversion & Consequences

August 2021 | Sammith S. and Vinudeep R.

A Full Bench of the Karnataka High Court recently answered a reference made regarding the status of ‘granted lands’ under the Karnataka Schedule Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prohibition of Transfer of Certain Lands) Act, 1978 that are converted for purposed other than for which they were granted. In short, the nature of the land subsequent to its conversion from agricultural purpose to non-agricultural purpose was established in this judgement. This article shall discuss the judgement in detail. Finally, this article shall conclude with the significance of the judgement.

Determination of market value for

compensation

MAR2021

GST Return for Residential Property Converted to Hostel

JAN 2021

​Karnataka Municipal Corporation Certain Other Law (Amendment) Act

JAN 2022

 
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CAREERS
 

We are always looking for motivated individuals to join our practice. With a distinctly supportive work culture coupled with unmatched client interaction experience, we offer an engaging and indulgent work environment that ensures the highest level of tranquillity and contentment to sustain an optimum work-life balance.

For law students, we offer an intensive and immersive internship experience covering a wide gamut of areas, including research, drafting, briefing, client interaction, liaising, and practical experience. Presently, we offer only a four week internship programme.

 

Interested individuals may reach out to us at contact@sanctumlaw.com with the subject line clearly specifying: “Application for Internship/Retainership”.

 

CONTACT

OUR ADDRESS

004 & 005, Raheja Chambers,

12, Museum Road,

Bangalore 560 001

Email: contact@sanctumlaw.com
Landline :  +91 80 4155 2123

Mobile : +91 98868 38852