Internship Experience @ Competition Appellate Tribunal [COMPAT], New Delhi: Rs. 5000 Stipend

Name of Organisation, Location, Team Strength

Competition Appellate Tribunal (COMPAT), New Delhi, 1 chairman and 2 members

Application Process

You may send a mail to the registrar’s Mail ID on the COMPAT Website. They respond within 2 weeks and usually take interns from 4th year onwards.

Duration of internship and timings

My internship was from 2nd December to 23rd December since the office tribunal got adjourned for winter vacation on 24th. It is highly advisable to plant yourself in the tribunal for at least 2 months for a better experience and better work.

Justice Sirpurkar Sir, the chairperson, is a hard taskmaster and it takes a long time to gain his trust. He will give you drafting work only in your second month.

I was new to the organisation without anyone to advise me and hence I stepped on a number of minefields starting with the short duration of 3 weeks.

The tribunal commences from 10:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m with 1-2 set aside for lunch. Sometimes it may get over early if there are no matters. But the intern may take initiative and stay back for reading up matters.

I used to stay back till 9-10 to read and prepare for matters that would be coming up the next day.

Once you are in, after the 1st week, you will be asked to come directly to Justice Sirpurkar Sir’s residence in Moti Bagh at 8 A.M in the morning and travel to office from there. You may have to report on Saturdays for work as well.

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First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure

The building is unimposing and a little difficult to spot, but its absolutely walking distance from Khan Market metro station on the Violet line, and quite near from Race Course Metro station on the Yellow Line as well.

However it is the only building nearby with a fleet of Audis, BMWs and Skodas parked in front of it, all owned by well known lawyers and partners of firms.

As mentioned previously, Justice Sirpurkar is a hard taskmaster, so first impressions are very important to him.

That was the first landmine I stepped on as it was cold in Delhi and I was wearing an informal jacket with formal wear and sporting a scrawny beard, giving off the appearance of a homeless person.

Secondly, your knowledge in Competition Law has to be thorough and you should be able to answer questions about anti-trust law and Section 3, 4 and 5 of the Act with ease.

You should be absolutely humble in front of Justice Sirpurkar Sir. He is in equal parts a strict person and a jovial person.

But you do not need to worry, everyone in the office is well acquainted with Sir’s tempestuous nature and they will be guiding you on how to appear around him and even egg you on to take initiative and converse with him to gain as much knowledge as possible.

For advise you may seek out Kishan Sir, a really nice gentleman and one of the most helpful people I have ever met.

Main tasks

1) Sit with the court clerks and take note of the matter being discussed and the arguments being presented. Lawyers and Partners from all top law firms in Delhi battle it out in court and Competition Law being one of the most important and interesting topics, you may pick up a lot of knowledge.

2) You may be given drafting work by Sir while he prepares his judgement.

3) You will also be asked to conduct extensive research on Competition Law especially on US and EU Jurisprudence and how they deal with lesser known topics such as Most Favoured Customer Clause.

Work environment and people

It is a great place to work. Everyone is EXTREMELY helpful and informal. People in Delhi inherently become much nicer in the Winter Season. You are not treated as an Intern but a peer.

You become part of their family over the course of your internship. However it is equally important to be humble, genial and respectful towards everyone as they will be able to help you out of a fix.

Stipend

5000/- per month

Biggest Lessons

1) Be humble, genial and respectful

2) Be absolutely thorough with Competition Law, otherwise do not bother interning

3) Interact as much as possible with Justice Sirpurkar Sir.

4) Gain as much knowledge as possible, like Peter Baelish said, “Knowledge is power”.

The Competition Appellate Tribunal’s website is here.

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