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Lawyer of the week: Rupinder Bains - July-05-12
Source: The Times - Law
Rupinder Bains acted for Nicola Brookes, a victim of online bullying, to obtain the IP addresses of internet trolls
Rupinder Bains, a partner in Bains Cohen, acted for online bullying victim Nicola Brookes in the landmark High Court case where an order was granted compelling the social networking website Facebook to provide the IP (internet protocol) addresses of the internet bullies, known as trolls. Facebook has confirmed that it will hand over the addresses and basic details in accordance with the order.
What were the main challenges in this case, and the possible implications? The main challenges are yet to come. Obtaining this Norwich Pharmacal order (which requires a person or company to disclose certain documents or information to the applicant, even though that person or company has been innocently involved in the wrongdoing) has been a legal first both in terms of the ultimate objective being to bring criminal proceedings and for being obtained in an “internet-trolling” case. Identifying the trolls and then prosecuting them will be the biggest challenge.
What was your worst day as a lawyer? Two months into my training contract, my training principal disappeared — nowhere to be seen. A few days later, the firm was intervened in (to protect the public interest) by the Law Society and I believed that that was the end of my legal career.
What was your most memorable experience as a lawyer? Finding out that my firm had been shortlisted for three Law Society Excellence awards in 2010. I was very proud of the recognition my team was given for their commitment and dedication to our clients, innovative approaches and drive for success.
Who has been the most influential person in your life and why? Without a shadow of a doubt, my mother- and father-in-law. Running a firm, working long hours and being a mum to two young children is difficult, to say the least, but my in-laws have stepped in time and again, looking after my children and constantly pushing me to strive even higher.
Why did you become a lawyer? Being a lawyer requires one to plan, strategise and think outside the box to find solutions. It’s what I love doing and why I wanted to be a lawyer.
What would your advice be to anyone wanting a career in law? Do not shy away from hard work. Be prepared for the long hours. The day-to-day work is taxing, but nothing comes close to the feeling of success and pride that you feel on achieving a successful outcome.
If you had not become a lawyer, what career would you have chosen and why? To be a pilot. It has the office with the best view.
Where do you see yourself in ten years? Watch this space, but hopefully I will have more time to give to my family (and be able to sleep for more than five hours a night).
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