Accountant Now Lawyer

“The world is moving towards climate change and I am moving towards having a one stop shop.”
16 Apr 2021 12:48
Accountant Now Lawyer
Pranil Goundar with his father, retired Police Prosecutor Inspector Putra Goundan.

There are a lot of outsourcing involved when you’re running a business to give your clients value for their money.

This with hopes that they will engage your services in the future.

However outsourcing for services also comes at a cost.

This was the predicament that 34-year-old Pranil Goundar was faced with while operating his accounting firm based in Toorak.

Mr Goundar graduated with his Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Accounting in 2010 and completed his Post Grad in Professional Accounting in 2015 after which he started his own practice.

“Whilst operating my accounting business I noticed that there were a lot of legal requirements. Business clients require legal support so what I had to do was hire other lawyers to do the work for me. Sometimes I paid $50,000-$60,000 out of some consultancy work I did,” Mr Goundar said.

“So I thought might as well integrate that service into my consultancy work and get legal qualification myself.”

In 2017 he started pursuing his Bachelor of Law (LLB) degree at the Fiji National University and went on to do his Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice at the University of Fiji.


Admission to the bar

Last week he joined 19 other law graduates to be admitted to the bar to practice law in Fiji and also fulfil his father’s dream to be a lawyer.

Now he can officially integrate his legal background into his accounting firm and offer both services to his clients, while also working as a Tax Agent with Fiji Revenue and Customs Service.


Climate Change

Not only that, he is also doing his Postgraduate studies in Climate Change at the University of the South Pacific with his wife. They are expected to graduate next year.

“Through my accounting practice and with a little bit of consultancy work some of them deal with project development which requires Environment Impact Assessment. The world is moving towards climate change and I am moving towards having a one stop shop.”

Mr Goundar could not have achieved it if it wasn’t for the support of his wife Silpa Goundar who works as a pharmacist supervisor at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital and his parents; father, retired Police Prosecutor Inspector Putra Goundan and mother Padmawati Goundar.

He would also like to acknowledge Armish Pal and Kunal Singh for their guidance and support throughout his legal education.


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