Charanya started her legal journey with Lakshmikumaran and Sridharan (LKS) in 2007 with the intellectual property practice at the firm after completing her Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry followed by a degree in Law from Delhi University. After two years of working in the IP division, she moved to the firm’s tax practice and gained expertise in handling complex tax litigations in Customs, Excise, Service Tax, Anti-dumping, VAT and Income Tax.
Charanya has worked in the chambers of KK Venugopal, the Attorney General for India, from 2016 to 2019, where she worked on a wide range of subjects ranging from Constitutional Law, Arbitration, PIL, Electricity Law, Competition Law to Administrative Law. She assisted the Attorney General in landmark cases such as the inclusion of right to privacy as a fundamental right in the Aadhaar dispute, reservation in public employment, right to education as well as the recent challenge to the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code. She has also assisted him in advising various public sector undertakings and government ministries.
Charanya has achieved numerous accolades and recognitions from Legal 500, ALB, Asia Law for her knowledge, strategic outlook and understanding of legal nuances. She stands as an inspiration to the younger generation of aspiring lawyers. She strongly believes in contributing back to the society. She holds regular awareness lectures for small scale business units to educate them in the field of GST, competition laws and data privacy to build an informed community of professionals.
“Work hard, be persistent and be kind”
Charanya Lakshmikumaran, a Partner with Lakshmikumaran and Sridharan, is a versatile law professional with experience across practice areas like indirect tax, GST, competition law, anti-dumping and data privacy. She has been arguing matters in the field of tax and regulatory disputes including high stake arbitrations for over a decade in the Supreme Court of India, various High Courts and Tribunals. Charanya is also the sole representative from the India Chapter of the Asia Competition Association.