NewLaw lawyering & the side hustle

How Rohit Parekh’s experience at Conduit Law afforded him the time, space, and motivation to start Grapple Law
NewLaw lawyering & the side hustle
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Peter Aprile and Natalie Worsfold interview Rohit Parekh.  Rohit is Grapple Law’s co-founder. He is also counsel at Deloitte Conduit Law LLP. Grapple Law is an online CPD platform designed to optimize the user's experience and learning. The group delves into Rohit's experience working at Conduit Law (now Deloitte Conduit Law LLP) and the ways in which a NewLaw environment provided Rohit with the inspiration and freedom to create a better way for lawyers to learn.

Rohit Parekh

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Rohit Parekh

 

Rohit practices intellectual property law and civil litigation with an emphasis on patent, trade-mark, copyright, industrial design, confidential information, licensing and internet-related intellectual property management and disputes for Deloitte Conduit LLP.

Prior to joining Deloitte Conduit LLP (formerly Conduit Law), Rohit had worked with a leading Canadian law firm, an IP boutique as well as a sole practitioner, making him acutely aware and responsive to the needs of growing businesses and entrepreneurs.

In 2014, Rohit and his brother, Rahul, launched Grapple Law an online continuing professional development (“CPD”) provider.  Grapple Law provides CPD produced, designed and optimized for online viewing. Rohit is the legal brains behind Grapple Law’s strategic direction. As the head of the Editorial Board, Rohit leads the development of Grapple Law’s content library and engages the Canadian legal community to find presenters.

Peter Aprile

Host

Peter Aprile, Counter Tax Lawyers

Peter Aprile is a senior lawyer specializing in tax dispute resolution and litigation. His vision as Counter’s founder and his everyday role at the firm are one and the same: to be an agent of change, uncovering opportunities and developing strategies that achieve more than anyone expected. A creative thinker, Peter studies problems from all different angles to find what others have missed. He’s also convinced that he likes winning more than most people.

Different people describe Peter in different ways. At the CRA and the federal Department of Justice, the word relentless comes up quite a lot. Admittedly, so does the word a**hole – but it’s often said with a certain grudging respect, if not affection. Peter’s clients call him a saint. Well, some of them, anyway. His colleagues describe him as empowering and harddriving, but fair. Peter’s friends call him loyal. His wife describes him as a lot to deal with, but worth it. Peter encourages his young daughter and son to call him “The Big Homie,” though with limited success. His mother describes him with the single word mischievous – before going on to complain that he should call more.

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Natalie Worsfold

Host

Natalie Worsfold, Counter Tax Lawyers

Natalie is a tax lawyer who represents individual taxpayers and owner-managed businesses in disputes with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). She also successfully challenges CRA decisions denying taxpayer relief and helps facilitate applications under the Voluntary Disclosures Program.

But what you really need to know about Natalie is that she’s a tax litigator with heart. When she takes a case, it’s not out of technical interest – it’s because she cares. And if she believes the government has got something wrong, she won’t stop until it’s been put right. She’s fierce.

Natalie is the co-architect behind many of Counter’s process workflows, software and data analytics systems, as well as our comprehensive knowledgebase (loving named Hank). And when it comes to preparing cases, she’s Counter’s secret weapon – happiest when elbow-deep in evidence, meticulously building creative solutions to seemingly impossible problems. Because the fact is Natalie sees things that other people don’t.

Natalie’s family and friends describe her as loyal, selfless, understanding and fun. They also mention stubborn. To her Counter colleagues she’s a combination of stellar brainpower and contagious enthusiasm who elevates the game of everyone around her.

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