Mr Shantanu Mohan Puri is a bilingual lawyer with interest in Indian Civil and Criminal Laws, Indian Family Laws including Marriage and Divorce, Surrogacy, Child custody, abduction, inheritance, Wills, Indian Citizenship and Nationality Laws, Indian Company and Commercial laws including Banking, Finance, Insurance, Shipping, Marine, Insolvency and bankruptcy Laws. He has a sound and thorough background in matters of domestic litigation, procedure, arbitration, mediation, negotiations, investment law, and Private Equity work in the Indian Economy.
Mr Puri is the Managing Partner of a boutique law practice based in the north of India which specializes in India Business Advisory, Arbitration and Conciliation, Corporate and Commercial law, Investigations and Services to Non-Resident Indians. Mr Puri has a personal interest in the issues which effect refugees and migrants and thus acts as an Expert in Asylum cases before foreign courts, from time to time. He has rendered expert advice to foreign nationals on matrimonial, criminal and civil proceedings and related issues under Indian laws. He has served as an expert witness for over 20 years and prepared numerous expert reports/opinions on a range of issues for legal practitioners, barristers, solicitors, attorneys, tribunals and courts across the world. He has been dealing with legal issues in the Indian judicial system advising foreign missions, companies and individuals over the past 22 years.
Expertise includes (but not limited to):
• Indian Laws on Citizenship and Nationality
• The Indian Visa regime and OCI cards
• Examination/verification of Documents issued in India by public and private authorities
• Issues faced by a British national married to an Indian spouse on being relocated to India
• Internal relocation
• Treatment of minorities in India including Muslims, Christians and those from other religions
• Rise of Hindu fundamentalism in India
• Extradition proceedings from the UK to India
• Legal issues concerning Law and Society in India
• Mirror orders
• Matrimonial proceedings
• Interpretation of statutes, Bigamy
• Single parent custody
• Property and asset valuation
• Official and personal/customary laws of India on marriage, divorce and adoption
• Status of religious/ethnic minorities
• Status of single and divorced women in India
• Laws applicable to Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs
• Implications of foreign court orders before Indian courts
• Effecting warrant and summon service
• Ground investigation and verification work done to check the veracity of Indian documents and claims of asylum applicants in the UK
• Homosexuality in India
• Issues in Indian Family law including inter-faith marriages, inter-caste marriages, mixed race children, child custody and abduction, caste system, Honour crimes and killings
• Indian Civil and Indian Criminal law including crimes committed against women, money laundering, foreign exchange violations, offences under the Indian Penal Code and other Indian laws
• Human rights violations in India
• Police persecution of religious minorities
• The role of the Indian state in dealing with insurgency and terrorism in various parts of India like Kashmir and the north east of India
• Treatment of former Indian Maoists, Naxalites and members of insurgent groups in various parts of India
• Indian Domestic Violence Law and the treatment of women in India
• Functioning and role of the local police in India
• Prevalence of the practice of bribery and corruption by public servants in India
• Conversion of religion
• Validity of documents issued in India
• Afghans Sikhs in the UK and their nationality issues involving Indian citizenship laws
• Refugees in India from Afghanistan, Tibet, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, among other countries
• Treatment of Tamil nationals and former LTTE members in India
• Cross border issues involving Pakistani, Bangladeshi or Nepalese nationals and other such issues
Mr Shantanu Mohan Puri is fluent in English, Hindi and Punjabi and conversant with French and German.
"Relevance of Mirror Orders in Indian law" Article published in the February 2003 issue of the Family Advocate, a journal of the Family law section of the New Zealand Law Society.
"Changes in UK immigration law" published in The Tribune, May 2004, and
“Opening of the Indian legal services sector” Article published in the newsletter published by the International Bar Association in October 2012.
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Expert, Pool of Experts, Switzerland Global Enterprise, Switzerland.
Expert witness on the Electronics Immigration Network maintained by ILPA, London.
Expert witness for U.K. Courts as checked and approved by Sweet and Maxwell, Law Publishers, London.
Expert witness at Amera International’s Rights in Exile Programme, a Refugee Legal Aid Information for Lawyers representing Refugees Globally.
Expert witness at Expert Witness Directory, Manchester, United Kingdom.
Expert witness at UK Register of Expert Witnesses published by J S Publications of Newmarket, UK.
Member, International Bar Association, London, United Kingdom.
Member, Indo-German Chamber of Commerce, New Delhi, India.
Member, Associated Lawyers, Paris, France.
Member, Reunite International, United Kingdom.
Member, Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association, since 1999.
Member, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
Associate Member, Family Law Section of the New Zealand Law Society, 2001-2005.
Member, Association of British Scholars, since 2002.
Member, Department of Laws Moot Society, Panjab University, Chandigarh, 1996-1999.
Member, Student Exchange with the European Law Students Association, Stockholm, Sept.1998.
Student Editor, D.A.V. College, Magazine, Chandigarh, “Nirmata”, 1995-1996.
Brief Writer and contributor, The Tribune, 1994-1998.
Recipient of the Felix Scholarship for 2000-2001 to study for an LL.M at the University of London.
Contributor, The World Justice Project 2010 and 2010.
General Secretary, The Capital Foundation Society – Punjab Chapter.
Member, International Referral Network, United Kingdom, 2013-2015.
Charter Member, The Indus Entrepreneurs, TIE-Chandigarh Chapter, October 2008- April 2012.
Member, The Indus Entrepreneurs, TIE-Chandigarh Chapter, for 2012-13.
Member, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.