Name of the organisation. City. Office Address. How was the office? Team strength.
Deven Dwarkadas & Partners, Advocates & Solicitors. Mumbai.
Address – 1st Floor, Olympus House, 25, Raghunathji Street, Off. Sidhwa Marg, (Gunbow Street), Fort, 400001.
The office is divided into three floors. There are two partners in the firm, Mr. Deven Dwarkadas and Mrs. Priya Deven Dwarkadas who sit at the first floor. There are 8-10 associates currently working for the firm.
Application procedure? Internship Contact Details
One can apply through mail- [email protected]. One can contact the office through their contact number – 02266550922
Duration in weeks. Days of work per week. Timings.
The firm works all 5 days. Saturday is a half day which means you would be required to work till 5 pm. The timings are 10:30 am – 7:30 pm. The timings can be negotiated as per an individual, but it should be noted they don’t like to negotiate much. So be careful.
First impression, first day, formalities
It is Mumbai. So if it is your first intern here, be prepared to be a little surprised, like I was. The office is not all grand. But people can survive.
The first day you would be introduced to the Partner of the firm, Mr. Deven Dwarkadas, and he would appoint an associate with who you would have to stick for the entire duration of your internship.
You would also be asked about your interests and be promised to be given work in that area, if any. Otherwise there are no formalities really, you start working the very first day.
Each intern is appointed an associate, so it depends who and what you get. As for me I bagged myself a very learned, young associate who dealt with Arbitration matters exclusively. The lady knows her job and how it needs to be done.
I worked on majorly 3-4 cases with her and she made me draft various legal documents like, legal notices, public notice, affidavits, NOC, etc. Court visits were common, but be on time for those.
You would be asked to read the cases intensively and prepare a synopsis for your own understanding. And then you might be taken to meetings related to that case and see the action outside the courts for real. But if you wish to learn anything in this firm, you have got to work with her.
Work environment, people
If you have been given work, you wouldn’t really notice the people. But as far I noticed the people are alright, friendly. Its all about work here. You can’t spare a second after lunch to sit and relax, you just can’t afford to.
- The court visits
- The various meetings you’ll be taken to.
- The fun drafting the legal documents.
- The juice corner just outside the firm. You can call them up from the office and they deliver. And what wonderful juices they have. Stress buster.
- For all cricket fans, if a match is on, you wouldn’t miss it watching it on T.V.
- There is no canteen and thus no place proper to sit and have lunch. The ground floor, which is a place for interns becomes the lunch room for 2-3 hours.
- Old, very old computers and it becomes hard working on them.
- Space crunch. No place for interns to sit at one place and work. You’d be made to shift again and again. So it is preferred to sit on the ground floor and go up and down when your associate requires you or vice versa (which is stressing by the way).
- EVERY Saturday is working.
- Your stipend will be deducted on each off you take. So think wisely before being a wise guy.
It varies from year to year. The more senior you are the more stipend you get. So 5th year students get 6000 + your travel expenses, if any.
Accommodation etc. What did you to do chill in and around the office and the place of stay?
There are no places near Fort to stay as it is entirely an office area. I stayed in a hostel in Colaba. One could take take a taxi from there and it’ll cost you around 20 bucks.
There is particularly nothing to chill around. It’s all offices and hardware shops. You have restaurants there if interested. One can order lunch from those places and get delivered at the office.
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