Dhruv Chhatralia, a principal associate at international law firm Gowling WLG, has been awarded a Medal of the Order of the British Empire in the New Year's Honours List 2020.
Dhruv was presented with the British Empire Medal (BEM) for his voluntary service to Hinduism and charities and developing young people. He is a regular speaker on the benefits of yoga and the importance of mental wellness to manage the challenges of the modern world, and has written more than 20 books on the topics, which have been shared with leading corporations and politicians across the UK and overseas.
A corporate lawyer, Dhruv has over 10 years' experience advising on domestic and international M&A, private equity and corporate finance transactions for clients in the technology, financial services, energy and automotive sectors, amongst others.
Following the announcement, Dhruv said: 'I was honoured to find out that I had been nominated for this award, it was completely unexpected. The importance of wellbeing and taking care of your mental health can't be underestimated, and it's a privilege to work with young people and professionals, many in high-pressure roles, to help them find practical solutions for mental wellness. It's certainly helped me in my own role as a lawyer, and I'm looking forward to working with more people in the months and years to come.'
Gowling WLG offers a range of resources to support our people's mental and physical welfare including mediation sessions, yoga, on-site massage and a number of employee benefits with a wellbeing focus.