HOW I CAME ABOUT IT ALL
Being a student of the third semester, I wasn’t really comfortable about doing an internship. The very fact that there is not much law that I knew still so as to be able to the work assigned.
There is a certain expectation that the people taking you up for an internship shall have and one often tends to fear about not matching upto that level.
I was no exception. But Braving all odds, I decided to speak to a family friend, who himself was an advocate, to ask him to help me out with all this.
He introduced me to this place, Manu Dixit Advocate and Associates. I did know about him but had never met him personally. I went for a formal introduction one day and the next day I joined.
Mr. Dixit practises in multiple fields but corporate and finance are the major ones. Other areas include- Family law, Consumer protection, Criminal defence, property, Arbitration etc.
On the very first day when I reached, I met one of his associates Mr. Krishna.
At that time he was dealing with a couple of loan application forms and preparing for their Arbitration process sometime in the next week. I was explained about extracting legally relevant details out of the documents and keep them handy for the process.
He also made clear to me some of the basic principles of Arbitration Act, SARFAESI, Recovery of debt due to banking and financial institutions. Since that was tough for me to understand in one go, I made sure I asked him ten times about it and the best part was that he did it each time without getting frustrated.
I never looked back after that.
With every passing day I was working on everything from looking for relevant case laws to reading about the cases lined up for the next week and most importantly getting to know the Hindi counterparts of so many legal words. Cases ranged from loan recovery to consumer protection to divorce and arbitration.
I also got an opportunity to visit the District Court thrice. This is the place people say you learn a lot at. It was indeed eye-opening. All stars were in my favour since the National Lok Adalat also happened around that time and I happened to be given an opportunity to visit “Court Mela“.
It was amazing to see such enthusiasm in people as well as advocates to solve disputes amicably for once and for all.
The work environment is very friendly and professional at the same time. It’s hard to find such a balance but here it all happened effortlessly.
THE OTHER PERKS
As I already mentioned that the chamber was actively involved in arbitration work, so apart from doing the regular file work and getting to know the intricacies of the work with regards to applicable sections and the like, I also got to sit before the arbitrator and present our side of the case before him.
He indeed was impressed. This experience will forever remain etched. It not just added to the kitty of experiences but did a great deal of confidence enhancement job.
Another important experience that I carry with me now is the digital court diary that I made. It often happened that some dates of cases got missed by the clerk and the associates ended up missing the cases of that date.
Mr. Krishna came up with an idea of making a digital court diary which will help filter cases date-wise and help create a daily cause list without missing out on cases.
This work was intentionally delegated to me since I had once mentioned my non-familiarity with the use of excel sheet. I was told there is no better way to learn that than by actually working on it. In a span of four days I got comfortable with it and completed the same.
Mr. Dixit was asked to give his views on the recent jurisdiction issue with regards to jurisdiction of courts in cases of NI Act with the coming of cases like bridgestone India and Dashrath Rathore.
This was ahead of the (client) Bank’s annual legal meeting scheduled to be held in Bombay. We had several discussions for two days on the same. It was indeed an enriching experience.
We also had regular discussions on topics of interest like standard form contracts, sex-determination, right to playground for children and the like.
All of this ensured a holistic environment at the workplace.
You can also get to play badminton during break hours in the nearby park, which has a court for the same, with the associates.
The chamber is located in the posh residential area of Vipul Khand in Gomti Nagar. There are ample of places around to noodles, piping hot samosas, kachoris and jalebis and a few very good retaurants.
You also have McDonalds and KFC closeby. For movie lovers there is SRS and Fun cinemas within a radius of three Kilometres.
HOW CAN YOU CONTACT
One can e-mail his/her interest along with the CV to [email protected] and also follow up the same. The follow-up part is very important. Make sure to do that.
This entry has been submitted for the LexisNexis-Lawctopus Internship Experience Writing Competition 2015-2016. iPleaders is the learning partner for this competition.