Vaishali Bhagwat, Advocate

Vaishali Bhagwat (Shintre) – Partner VP Shintre & Associates

BCS. LL.B, Advocate, Diploma in Cyber Laws

PgCert in Cyber Security and Information Assurance, Cranfield University  ( UK), TCS Chevening Scholar in Cyber Defense 

Contact details : 
Email – vabhagwat@vaishalibhagwat.com

Phone – +91 020 25511816

VP Shintre & Associates is a 50 year old all service law firm in Pune having a conventional set-up and based on a strong foundation of  Quality, Integrity and Ethics

Vaishali is a Managing Partner  with 20+ years experience  in litigation and non-litigation practice. Vaishali earned her degree in computer science and worked as a systems analyst and programmer ( C and assembly language) for more than 5 years. She worked on several software development assignments in India and abroad ( Switzerland) which included developing simulators , TSR utilities and smart software interface including some basic AI principles. As a Computer science and a law graduate she has been able to combine the knowledge from the domain of computer science and law effortlessly. Her area of practice is Civil and Criminal Law including general commercial matters , employment law , family law , banking , consumer protection with special emphasis on IT, E-commerce Law and Cyber security , Data Protection and Privacy , IPR in cyberspace and Cyber Crimes.

Vaishali is the first lawyer in the country who was selected in the TCS Chevening Scholarship program on Cyber Defense and international collaboration on cyber policy by the British High Commission and Tata Consultancy Services. It was a 12 week residential program on “International Collaboration on Cyber Policy” at Cranfield University, Ministry of Defense campus, UK. The scholarship was fully funded by TCS. She was selected in a team of 6 members from all over India and was the only woman in the team. Vaishali also completed a Post Graduate certificate Program on Cyber Security and Information Assurance at Cranfield University UK which included writing research papers on  Critical Networks and Process Control, Cyber Attack-threats and opportunities, Cyber Defense – Governance and Management, Social Technologies, Human Dimension and Understanding Risk and Information assurance.

She is the country’s first technology lawyer with prior working experience in the field of IT and specific qualifications on IT law from prestigious universities.

Vaishali has represented leading companies, banks and individuals in cases of  data theft , security breach , unauthorised access , IP infringement, Social media or website related crimes, online defamation , etc before the Adjudicating Officers in Mumbai , Delhi and Hyderabad, Mumbai High Court and the Cyber Appellate Tribunal in Delhi. She was also appointed and consulted as special counsel by Pune Police on some complex cyber crime cases.   She is a special retainer to several national and multinational companies and banks on cyber security , policy and compliance. She is also the approved legal counsel by the British High Commission

Vaishali has written several articles on cyber security and law relating to cyber crimes in leading newspapers and magazines and has been interviewed of several public platforms and forums on this subject including DoorDarshan and All India Radio

Vaishali is a popular speaker and is invited by various Industry Forums and Academic Institutions such as CII, MCCIA, Police Training Academy, Judges Training Academy,, DSCI , KPMG , E&Y,  etc to speak on matters related to Cyber Law. She is also a  regular speaker at All India Chief Information Security Officers Summit held annually in  New Delhi and also the Ground Zero Summit which is the Largest Infosec Conference in Asia.

Vaishali has recently co-authored a book titled  “Cyber Crimes – Technology Menace of the 21st Century”  and is published in English and Marathi and authored the course material for the certificate course in cyber laws at the Symbiosis Centre for Distance learning

She also works for women and children related issues such as education and literacy , laws relating to women and prevention of sexual harassment and all forms of gender discrimination with a special focus on “Protection of Children from Online Sexual Abuse ”

Clients Include – Multinationals , Corporates, SMEs, Educational Institutions and Individual clients

Other Awards 

DSCI – NASSCOM Award 2016 -for spreading awareness on Cyber Security amongst the masses

A Common Purpose scholarship on Innovative Leadership -DISHAA 3

She was chosen amongst the top 20 professionals from India and UK, in a program chaired by PM Manmohan Singh and PM David Cameron named Dishaa 3- Common Purpose, on innovation and leadership and awarded a certificate from UK Prime minister David Cameron (residential program at Infosys Campus , Mysore)

“Best Director for Literacy for the T-E-A-C-H Program (Rotary International District 3131)

“Vocational Excellence Award  ” By Rotary Club of Pune Pride in year 2015

“Woman of Substance” by Rotary International District 3131 in year 2014

“Outstanding Contribution as Director of Adult Literacy Program “ by Rotary District 3131 in year 2013

“Best President “ by Rotary District 3131 in year 2011

“Changemaker Award” by Rotary International in year 2011

Memberships and Affiliations

Independent Director – Renishaw India (Subsidiary of Renishaw, PLC UK)

Member of the Internal Complaints Committee at Cummins India , Jagran Group, BMC Software, Emerson, Softenger, Burckhardt Compressors, Adient , etc

Approved Adviser – British High Commission

Core Committee Member at SEMAA ( Stop Exploitation , Molestation , Abuse & Assault- A jt. Initiative by CII and MCCIA)

Board of Studies at Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning (SCDL)

Bar Association of Maharashtra and Goa, India

NASSCOM – Technology Law Forum ,Pune Chapter

Data Security Council of India– Pune Chapter

COP Tech Forum (PUNE POLICE and NASSCOM initiative)

British Business Group, Pune

Association of British Scholars , Pune

Shintre Law Foundation (Trustee)

Lila Poonawala Foundation
(Trustee)

 

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