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Advocate Sumathi - Madras High Court


Hello, I am Advocate Sumathi, a highly seasoned lawyer with a passion for justice and a distinguished record in the legal field.

With an extensive educational background and substantial experience, I have established myself as a trusted advocate within the legal community.

I hold a Master’s degree in Commerce (M.Com), specialising in the intricate financial aspects of legal matters. Furthermore, I possess a Master’s degree in Psychology (M.Sc), which provides me with a deep understanding of human behaviour and emotions, allowing me to empathise with my clients on a profound level.

Additionally, I have a Master’s degree in Law (M.L.) specialising in Criminology, equipping me with comprehensive knowledge of criminal justice systems and a keen understanding of the complexities involved in legal cases.

With over 9 years of experience, handling over 173 cases for 85 clients, I have had the privilege of handling a diverse range of cases in various practice areas spanning Civil and Criminal Matters, Family Disputes, Intellectual Property, Company Law, International Legalities, and Certification Programmes in POSH Law.

I practice mainly at the Madras High Court and its subordinate courts.

My breadth of experience has allowed me to develop a comprehensive understanding of the intricacies involved in each area of law, ensuring that my clients receive exceptional representation tailored to their unique needs.



1. Maintaining client confidentiality and privilege

I believe that protecting client confidentiality is a fundamental responsibility. I take care to safeguard sensitive information shared by clients and respect the attorney-client privilege, ensuring that discussions and communications remain confidential.

2. Communicating effectively and regularly with clients

I establish clear and open lines of communication with clients. I regularly update clients on case progress, developments, and any significant information. I promptly respond to client inquiries and provide explanations in a clear and understandable manner.

3. Providing honest and realistic assessments of cases

I provide clients with an objective and realistic evaluation of their cases. I aim to offer an unbiased analysis of the strengths, weaknesses, and potential outcomes, empowering clients to make informed decisions. I also help clients by giving them alternate solution routes to examine and decide.

4. Maintaining clear and transparent fee structures

I establish clear and transparent fee arrangements with clients to build friction-free relationships. I clearly explain my billing process, fee structure, hourly rates, retainer fees, and any additional expenses or disbursements involved. I also provide clients with detailed and understandable billing statements.

5. Preparing and filing accurate and timely legal documents

I pay meticulous attention to detail when preparing legal documents to ensure accuracy and compliance with all relevant legal requirements. I adhere to specified deadlines for filing documents with the appropriate courts or authorities. 

6. Offering "Express Legal Notice Drafting" services

For clients who require high speed responses on time-sensitive cases, I offer “Express Legal Notice Drafting” by which documents can be prepared within 3 hours at an extra fee. Many clients have found this to be an extremely useful service.

7. Conducting thorough legal research and analysis

I performing diligent and comprehensive legal research, and analyse relevant statutes, case law, and legal precedents to build a strong foundation for legal arguments. I utilise sound legal reasoning and critical thinking to provide well-supported advice and guidance to clients.

8. Avoiding conflicts of interest and disclosing potential conflicts

I identify and address any conflicts of interest that may arise, ensuring that clients’ interests remain paramount. I disclose any potential conflicts to clients, providing them with the necessary information to make informed decisions about their representation.

9. Acting with empathy and sensitivity towards clients

I truly recognize the emotional impact legal proceedings can have on clients. I show empathy, compassion, and sensitivity when addressing their concerns, and provide support throughout the legal process to help alleviate stress and anxiety. 

10. Providing special legal assistance for women rights

I am particularly sensitive to the needs of women who need extra assistance in handling their legal issues. I encourage women clients to be aware of their rights, and I make sure their rights are upheld. I also ensure that women are well-advised to demand their security and protection while their legal remedies are being pursued.

11. Offering POSH (Prevention Of Sexual Harassment) related services

I am a POSH Certified lawyer and I run on-demand POSH training programmes for businesses and their employees. I also offer to serve as an External Committee Member on the POSH Committees within organizations (as mandated by the POSH Law).

12. Seeking alternative dispute resolution methods when appropriate

I encourage and explore alternative dispute resolution methods, such as mediation or negotiation, when appropriate and beneficial to clients. I also facilitate dialogue and compromise to achieve mutually agreeable resolutions outside of traditional litigation processes.


1. Upholding the highest standards of integrity and ethical conduct

As a legal professional, I believe it is crucial for me to maintain unwavering integrity, adhere to ethical guidelines, and uphold the principles of honesty, transparency, and fairness in all interactions and decision-making processes.

2. Staying updated on the latest legal developments and best practices

To provide effective representation, I ensure that I stay abreast of legal developments, changes in legislation, and evolving best practices in the legal field. I continuously engage in professional development activities, such as attending seminars, workshops, and legal education programmes.

3. Treating all parties involved in a case with professionalism and courtesy

I maintain a professional and respectful demeanour towards clients, opposing counsel, judges, court staff, and all individuals involved in a case. I conduct myself in a manner that upholds the dignity and integrity of the legal profession.

4. Advocating zealously within the bounds of the law

I diligently represent clients’ interests while adhering to legal and ethical boundaries. I use legal knowledge, skills, and strategies to vigorously advocate for clients, ensuring their rights are protected, and their objectives are pursued … but I also ensure never to cross the rule of law.

5. Respecting court rules and procedures

I familiarise myself with court rules, protocols, and procedures applicable to specific jurisdictions and cases. I also maintain punctuality and professionalism during court appearances, demonstrating respect for the judicial process and the court’s time.

6. Fostering open communication with opposing counsel

I believe that fostering a positive environment helps in constructive and professional communication with opposing counsel. I engage in civil and respectful dialogue, aiming for amicable resolutions when possible, and I effectively represent my clients’ interests while maintaining professionalism and courtesy.

7. Promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion within the legal profession

I embrace diversity and contribute to upholding an inclusive environment within the legal profession. I deeply respect and value individuals from all backgrounds, actively promote equal access to justice, and work toward eliminating biases and discrimination.

8. Engaging in community and professional organisations

I engage in community service initiatives and actively participate in professional organisations. I contribute to initiatives that promote the advancement of the legal field, support community causes, and foster collaboration with fellow legal professionals.

9. Providing pro bono legal services to those in need

I like to dedicate some of my time and expertise to providing pro bono legal services to individuals or organisations who cannot afford legal representation. I am aware of my social responsibilities, and I, therefore, aim to contribute to bridging the justice gap and promoting equal access to justice.

10. Prioritising professional courtesy and respect in dealings with colleagues and peers

I believe that maintaining a professional and collegial atmosphere when interacting with fellow lawyers and legal professionals is important to gain respect in the field. I always ensure that I maintain respect, integrity, and cooperation in professional relationships, promoting a positive and constructive legal community. I engage in fair and ethical practices, valuing the contributions and expertise of others in the field.