Internship Experience @ Banthia & Company Advocates, Bhopal: Interact with Clients, Variety of Work

Your Name, College, Year of Study, Email ID

Simran Ajmani

Name of Organisation, Location city, Team Strength

Banthia & Co. Advocates, Karbala Road, Bhopal, 250 associates

Application Process

I applied my sending my cv to Mr. Neelesh Banthia Advocate through website of the firm.

Mr. Neelesh Banthia is very nice person as he believes in giving opportunity to as many students as he can give.

The application procees is easy, after getting the mail there will be a short telephonic interview by Sonali mam, wife of Mr. Banthia.

Duration of internship and timings

I interned twice.

1st June, 2015 to 30th June, 2015

5th December, 2014 to 30th December, 2014

First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure

Banthia & Co. is an unconventional law firm. When I reached the head office in Bhopal at 10.00 am on the first day I met Mrs. Sonali Banthia who gave me a very warm welcome and made me feel comfortable and home-like. Mr. Neelesh Banthia joined us later and gave me all the details about the office and previous interns. He also briefed me about the firm.

Later, we went to the office and Sir told me to take any of the chairs in the office. I was given a file to be reviewed which had agreements and deeds like Permission to purchase, Permission to gift, Agreement to sell, Agreement to gift, Sale deed and Gift deed.

Later I was called into Sir’s cabin where I sat with him and asked him millions of questions about his office, his life, his clients and about the file, of course; all of which he answered very patiently.

On the very first day I was asked to interact with some clients who had come to the office with some property dispute. You will get to deal with a lot more practical experiences like these.

Main tasks

The main tasks that I did at the firm were to interact with clients and take note of cases.

I attended meetings with Sir as well and let me witness his interaction with his biggest clients amongst the Christian Missionaries. Mr. Neelesh Banthia also took me for a meeting with the Archbishop of Bhopal.

In addition to the above, I also dealt with agreements and deeds in relation to the Indian Contract Act, 1872, the Indian Partnership Act, 1932, the Transfer of Property Act, 1882, the Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Act, 1988, the Limitation Act and the Civil Procedure Code 1908.

Alongside, I also assisted in partition and ownership related disputes of Property as well as Consumer Dispute cases, Medical negligence cases and Maintenance cases.

Work environment and people

The Banthia & Co. office, being the head office is located at a very posh location in Bhopal and the best thing about this office is that Mr. Neelesh Banthia is always available here.

Mr. Banthia would always take out time from his extremely busy schedule and be there to help you out and listen to your doubts. In case of any difficulty you could directly approach him or any of the associates, who are always happy to help.

The owner that is Mr. Neelesh Banthia is the most chilled out and amazing person I have come across not only during my internships but also in my entire life and he treats you with care and concern. Mr. Banthia is known for his humour and charm and around him you would never feel left out or alone

Best things

The best things about the Banthia & Co. internship were the flexible timings and the way of working. Because you would be given freedom to work as per your convenience you would also have a time to see Bhopal.

There are no deadlines that you would be asked to meet for your assignments. This is because the main policy of firm allows the interns to focus on learning rather than pressurizing them to work day & night and meet deadline.

Banthia & Co. is a temple of learning.

The fundamental idea behind the work given to the interns was that they should learn not only what the law is but also focus on its practical applications.

This firm would definitely give you a reality check. The owner of the firm and his associates welcomed doubts by interns on points which were not clear to them. The focus was on quality work and hard work.

Bad things

None at all.

Stipend

No

Biggest Lessons

One of the many things that I learnt from Mr. Banthia is the art of communication. The way he treats his clients and communicates with them is spell bounding.

He is very friendly and approachable not only for his clients but also for his associates and interns.

He is never impatient and you can approach him with the silliest of your doubts. One thing that would be appreciated is the thirst for knowledge and learning plus hard work and diligence.

 

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