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

Name, College, Year of Study

Siddharth Bansal, Delhi Institute of Rural Development Affiliated to G.G.S.I.P University, Final Year

Name of Organisation, Location, Team Strength

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

Application Process

[email protected] one can send on this mail id and expect the reply within 2-3 weeks depending upon the slots.

Generally they take 4-5 interns for a 4 weeks internship so apply well in advance.

Duration of internship and timings

2nd May, 2016 – 31st May, 2016.

10 A.M to 5.30 P.M

First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure

The building is unimposing and a little difficult to spot, but it’s absolutely walking distance from Khan Market metro station on the Violet line. However it is the only building nearby with a fleet of Audis, BMWs parked in front of it, all owned by well-known lawyers and partners of firms.

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.

Once you are in, after the 1st week, you will be asked to come to Justice G.S. Singhvi Sir’s residence in Moti Bagh at 9.30 A.M in the morning and travel to office from there i.e., You may have to come on Saturdays.

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

Main tasks

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.

You will also be asked to conduct extensive research on Competition Law especially on ‘Cartel’ and various things accordance to competition Law.

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 Summer 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.

Best things

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 GS Singhvi Sir.

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

Bad things

I don’t find any bad thing in this internship.

Stipend

Rs. 5000/- per month

They only pay stipend to two applications for every month and other’s do not expect.

Biggest Lessons

People generally tend to not take internships very seriously. But opportunities like this do not come very often.

It was a good learning experience.

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