Internship @ Dutt Menon Dunmorsett, New Delhi: Tax Law Firm, Rs. 5500 Stipend, Young & Helpful Associates

Name, College, Year of Study

Archit Gupta, 3rd Year, National Law Institute University, Bhopal.

Name of Organization, Location

Dutt Menon Dunmorsett is a tax based boutique law firm.

It is located in posh area of South East Nizamuddin Colony, the address is 30, Nizamuddin East, Delhi, 110013.

The Nizamuddin Railway station is two minutes away and one can take auto from Jangpura Metro Station to reach this place.

Application Process with Contact Details

One can send an email to Miss Monica Dhawan along with CV and academic credentials. The contact id is [email protected]

They should reply in two-three days and are pretty flexible with dates.

Duration, Timings

Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

My internship at Dutt Menon Dunmorsett  was over the period from 3rd June, 2014- 28th June, 2014.

We were supposed to sign the attendance register but no one would say anything if we came late. Sometimes one might have to stay still 8 p.m., depending on the nature of work given.

First impression, First day formalities, Infrastructure

The office is spread over 3 floors, including a basement where interns are seated. On the ground floor, there is a library, where one can sit comfortably.

It has all research materials that one might require. On my first day, I was asked to wait in the intern’s room for Monica Mam. The room is a bit cramped for space with only two stations so I suggest bringing your own laptop and they provide Wi-Fi access.

The corporate team sits in the basement. After a few minutes, Monica Mam arrived and we were allotted our mentors. I found that the firm is quite flexible while taking interns.

I met my co-interns who have joined the same day. During my time, there were intern from 5-6 different law schools. We were given instructions regarding dress code and timings. I found associates quite willing to interact on the first day itself.

Main Tasks

While main tasks would involve typical research and drafting work that is given in any law firm, rest assured you will not feel idle during this internship.

Dutt Menon Dunmorsett  deals with mainly taxation matters, but they have plenty of work relating to other fields such as constitutional law, company law, intellectual property law, arbitration law, environmental law, etc.

The research work given cannot be a copy and paste job. One would be required to go through various research articles and books before preparing a research note.

The associates might require you to, explain your research to them. If they are not satisfied, they would ask you to research further, but they would always welcome your queries. Sometimes, research work would take more than 2-3 days, but research question would be quite interesting.

The associates might ask you to look for same question again, but from a different perspective. It allows one to learn that how a case can be fought by using different arguments.

It would be advisable to maintain a worksheet as one is supposed to prepare a certificate at the end of the internship. The drafting work would involve preparing plaints, written statements and petition before the arbitral tribunal.

One might also get to work on agreements.

I was asked by one of the associates to prepare claims for an arbitral tribunal. At first, it sounded like an easy work, but then I was given files containing hundreds of official documents, that too in Hindi. I was required to translate them and put those claims in order.

Work Environment, People

Dutt Menon Dunmorsett  is one of the best places for a law student to intern. Most of the associates are young and very helpful. If they are free, they are always ready to have a chat with you.

However, when it comes to the task given, they are quite serious and expect quality work, even if it means investing huge amount of time.

Rather, then asking you to highlight important points in a judgment, an associate would ask the reasoning behind the judgment and the relevance on that judgement to the research question given.

They would always ask you if you are free before assigning you a task. Some of them would keep a check on the task to see if one might require any help. One can always ask them for advice regarding future internships and their own experiences.

My co-interns were the best of the lot that I have come across. During lunch time, our whole bunch would visit Khan Market to treat ourselves.

When anyone of us free, we would help each other in their task, though this might sometimes backfire as the concerned person might object to an other intern working on the same task.

Best Things at Dutt Menon Dunmorsett

1. Quality of research work given.

2. Amazing people to work with.

3. Flexibility with timings.

4. Stipend

5. The chocolate shake available near the Nizamuddin Police Station.

6. Excellent coffee from their pantry.

Bad Things

1. Lack of connectivity as the nearest metro station is 20 minutes away.

2. Lack of eateries though one can get Momos and typical vegetarian food from the nearby market.

3. One might have to stay back if the assigned work was not completed.

Stipend

Rs 5500 for four weeks.

However, I don’t think that the duration of the internship actually matters for the amount of the stipend that you get.

Those who interned for more weeks were given the same amount.

Accommodation

Since my home is in Delhi, I didn’t have to face much difficulty. However, one can look for PGs at Lajpat Nagar and Mooolchand.

lexisnexis lawctopus collaborationThe entry was a part of the Summer Internship Experience Writing Competition organized by LexisNexis and Lawctopus. MyLaw.net was the learning partner for the competition.

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