About Vaishali Bhagwat

Vaishali Bhagwat, Advocate

Educational Qualifications :

Bach. In Computer Science (Pune University)

LL.B, (Pune University)

PG – Cert in Cyber Security and Information Assurance, Cranfield University  ( UK),

TCS Chevening Scholar in Cyber Defense 

Specialization :

Civil Law – Litigation, Advisory, and Tax

Information Technology  Law – Cyber Security, Privacy and Data Protection 

Contact details : 
Email – vabhagwat@vaishalibhagwat.com

Phone – +91 020 25511816

Vaishali heads and manages a 50 + year old all service law firm started by her father VP Shintre. The firm is based on a solid foundation of Quality, Integrity and Ethics and has also embraced the modern work ethos. Vaishali leads a strong team of lawyers and para-legals from the firms office based in Pune. The firm also has a presence in Mumbai and Kolhapur.

Vaishali has 23 years of experience in litigation and non-litigation practice.

Her area of practice includes :

Civil Law : Litigation and non-litigation in  general commercial matters, Employment law, Real Estate and Transfer of property , Family law, Banking- Securitization and Bankruptcy and  Consumer protection.

Intellectual Property Law( Copyright and Trademark ) : IPR Litigation and non-litigation and IPR in cyberspace

Cyber Law : Information Technology and Data Protection, E-commerce Law, Internet /Mobile Banking and E- Payment Laws,  RBI Regulations,  Cyber security, Privacy  and Cyber Crimes.

Laws relating to Women and Children : Gender based violence , Protection against sexual harassment , Domestic Violence, Maintenance, Online sexual harassment. 

Vaishali has represented leading companies, banks and individuals in cases of  data theft , security breach , insider fraud, impersonsation, 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 / TDSAT in Delhi. She was also appointed and consulted as special counsel by Pune Police on some complex cyber crime cases.  

Her non-litigation work includes drafting and review of Commercial contracts, Technology contracts, Joint Venture / Collaboration / Technology ransfer Agreements, Employment Contracts, Cyber security and Data Protection / Privacy Policy, etc.

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 advises clients for Cyber related compliance across several sectors such as banking & finance, health, publication, education, gaming, manufacturing and IT- ITES

Vaishali is invited by several industry forums to speak on the subject of cyber crimes and law namely CII, Police Training Academy, Judges Training Academy,, DSCI , KPMG , E&Y, UN Women, SECONA , Rotary International. She is particularly concerned about “keeping children safe online” and has collaborated with the National Crime Agency(CEOP) on this subject and spoke before representatives of over 100 countries at a Rotary International conference at Seoul. 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 won the prestigious NASSCOM DSCI award in 2016 in the category of Cyber Security.

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 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 basic education and literacy, Women empowerment through Skilling, laws relating to women and prevention of sexual harassment and all forms of gender discrimination with a special focus on “Keeping Children Safe Online”

Clients Include – Multinationals , Corporates, SMEs, Educational Institutions and Individual clients viz. and her clients include Persistent Ltd, Infosys, BMC Software, Ubisoft Gaming, Clirnet – Online health portal, MSCI ( Mumbai), Moneyworks4you, Praj Industries, Emerson Group, Thermax, Teach for India, Akanksha – Thermax Foundation , Shyamchi Aai Foundation, Springer Nature, Mercedes Benz School, Mahindra United World College, KEM Hospitals, Cosmos Bank, Bank of Maharashtra, Kolhapur Urban Co-operative Bank, Sadhana Co-operative Bank, Pune Urban Co-operative Bank   to name a few

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)

Co-Chair of International Association of Privacy Practitioners ( IAPP- Pune Chapter)

Member of the Internal Complaints Committee (POSH) at MSCI -Mumbai, BMC Software (Pune / Bangalore), IDEAS, Jagran Group (Western region), Emerson, , Burckhardt Compressors, 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

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