Internship Experience @ Wadia Ghandy & Company, Delhi: Do not assume things ever, if you have a doubt, go and ask

Your Name, College, Year of Study, Email ID

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Name of Organisation, Location city, Team Strength

Wadia Ghandy & Company, Delhi

Address: 2nd floor, A-239, Defence Colony, New Delhi. Having a team strength of 4 Associates, 1 Senior Associate and 1 Partner at Delhi office.

Application Process with contact details

You can apply for internship by sending your CV at – [email protected]

But a regular follow up is a must. They usually reply within few days.

Duration of internship and timings

24th December, 2015 – 20th January, 2016

First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure

The infrastructure of the office is very small with 4 small rooms i.e 1 partner room, one associates room, 1 small conference room and one big conference room/library. There is also a tiny kitchen.

On my first day, I was asked to report to the office at 9:30 A.M. But when I reached the office, it was locked :p So I was standing outside the office when on the cleaning staff acme and opened the office.

I was asked to wait for some time and later on an associate came and introduced himself and gave me a small research work. For the rest of the day, I did not get any work.

Main tasks

I generally got research work. It included research on various case laws, debentures, limitation Act, Hindu Marriage Act, etc. The Delhi office is pure litigation and the Mumbai office has both Litigation and Corporate.

Later I did proofreading of agreements, letters, etc. By the end of my internship I did Due Diligence work for some big corporate companies.

The drafting work was given mostly to the 4th and 5th year students so I was not fortunate enough to get the drafting work.

Work environment and people

The Staff of the firm is very co-operative. The kitchen staff takes great care of interns. You can ask from them for tea or coffee when you need.

Most of the Associates are very friendly except 1 or 2, you can ask them any doubts before you start doing their work. I was at many occasions was suggested to not be too serious with internships.

We celebrated on 25th December, by cutting a huge fruit cake. Associates, staff and interns exchanged gifts by playing Secret Santa.

Best things

It was an average experience for me as this was my first law firm internship. The internet connectivity is very good. Sometimes we used to get treats from the senior associate.

I had an opportunity to meet a very famous senior advocate of the Supreme Court of India. I came to know how the office work is done in a law firm.

The kitchen staff, Mr. Kesar was very friendly and always used to give us tea and coffee whenever we asked it from him.

Bad things

Initially there was very less work in the firm as the courts were closed at that time. We all used to sit and chat or read books. They don’t take interns to the courts.

There were around 10-12 interns at a time and it was difficult to accommodate them. Interns used to share the laptops as there were not many systems or laptops with the firm for the interns. Drafting work is given mainly to 4th and 5th year students.

Interns were not allowed to go before 8:00 P.M. even when they were sitting without any work.

Stipend

None

Biggest Lessons

Do not assume things ever, if you have a doubt, go and ask to the person who has given you work. DO NOT TRY TO ACT OVER-SMART with the partners or the associates as even they have been through this period.

Always take out positive from your work whether it is small or big. Due diligence is also very necessary in an office.

Overall Rating

6

Accommodation

I put up at Delhi, so accommodation was not an issue for me. Though, there are a lot of PG’S that are available in the South Extension and near Defence Colony, Lajpat Nagar and Amar Colony which might cost around Rs. 5,000/- including electricity. Nearest metro station to the office is AIIMS.

Defence Colony has a very famous Defence Colony market having a lot of food variety. Also Lajpat Nagar has a very good connectivity.

Office Timings

6 days a week, 09:30 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. Though some of the days I used to leave office at 09:30. Every intern was supposed to reach the office by 10:00 A.M. and the senior associate was very strict about it. In case of any emergency (for instance, traffic jams) we had to call to the office and inform them about it.

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