Mumbai, Aug. 24 -- When Bhawna Vishwakarma, 23, imagined the start of her career as a lawyer, it always involved spending a few years at a large firm, learning the ropes of commercial practice. But as covid-19 put campus placements on hold and froze recruitment in most sectors, she decided to set up her own practice. She considers herself lucky because she's secured herself rent-free office space thanks to senior Delhi-based advocate Swathi Sukumaran.

Vishwakarma saw Sukumaran's post on a social media platform. Sukumaran was making available five seats in her office for a year to any young independent lawyer who needed office space but couldn't afford rent. Having built an independent practice, Sukumaran understands the struggle the youn...