Internship Experience at Bose & Mitra & Co., Mumbai: Maritime & Admiralty and Contract Law, Insurance & Civil Procedure Research Work

Name of the Students, College and Year of Study

Bodhisattwa Majumder, MNLU, Mumbai, 4th Year.

About Bose & Mitra & Co.

They are a boutique law firm exclusively working in the shipping, commodities and insurance industries. They are the legal correspondents for the North of England P & I Club and MS Amlin Marine NV. Additionally their clientele includes the largest ship-owners in India and abroad and the largest commodity traders in the world. We have continuously been rated as a Band 1 law firm by Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 in the field of Shipping. They are one of the best places in India for learning the basics of a maritime law firm.

First day

I met the internship coordinator who gave me a form and I was immediately introduced to everyone in the office. He then guided me through the paraphernalia in the office and briefed me as to the workings of the office, the administration etc.

They also provided me with an Intern Code of Conduct which laid down the rules and regulations to be followed by interns. The office is located at Nariman Point. The firm has an approximate strength of 19 people.

Location/Food

The firm is located behind Oberoi Hotel. In order to reach the firm one can take Share Cab/Buses (Spl 1) from CST and get down at “Sakhar Bhavan” Stop. The Building is Sakhar Bhavan and the firm is on the 7th Floor.

I stayed in my University hostel, else there are a lot of PGs available around. For lunch, there is CR2 mall nearby and if you want street food there is the Nariman Point Khau Galli which provides diverse food options at cheap rates.

Who can apply?

Any law student from final year or fourth year can apply. Knowledge of maritime law helps, but even if you don’t have the associates are very willing to teach you from the basics.

Rules of the office?

  • The firm works on all weekdays along with 1st, 3rd  and 5th  Saturdays of the month.
  • The working hours are from 10.00 AM to 8.00 PM. This is however subject to the work and matters assigned to you. Be prepared to stay till 10 PM as an average. They are very strict in these matters. Almost the whole office fills by 10.15.
  • On all working Saturdays, you have to be in the office by 10.30 AM and may leave around 05.00 PM, the same being subject to the urgency of the work assigned to you.
  • An intern is expected to be dressed in formal attire i.e. black pants, white shirt, formal black shoes and a tie during weekdays (kindly carry a black blazer for Court Visits). On working Saturdays, one may wear a collared t-shirt with jeans/chinos and shoes.

Type of work assigned

I had the opportunity to work on a diverse range of matters related to Maritime and Admiralty Law, Arbitration, Company Petitions, Contract Law, Taxation, Insurance and Civil Procedure. I had the pleasure of assisting with research, drafting of legal opinions, replies, written statements and notes of arguments. I was able to familiarize myself with commonly used shipping terminology and concepts.

Apart from this, I had also provided assistance in the preparation for legal proceedings by ways of reading case files, making a chronological list of dates and events, preparation of indexes and compilation of documents and annexures for court proceedings and for custom authorities.

Every work is checked and discussed by the associate who assigned you on the day itself. You have to maintain a daily work-log and obtain their signatures. There is an ample amount of work available and at each step, you will be guided by your senior.

Stipend

No stipend

Duration of internship?

They require a minimum commitment of four weeks, which can be extended. My internship was from 2nd December to 30th December 2019.

Application Procedure

BMC accepts interns throughout the year, the instructions are given on their website. The application must be sent by email to internship[at]bosemitraco.com and should contain a covering letter along with a photograph and CV, along with a duly filled questionnaire. They usually reply one month before the date of internship. Rejections are usually not sent.

Pros/Cons

Both the good thing and the bad thing is the same, there is a lot of work. So if you are not looking for a serious internship this is not your place. On the other hand this is probably the best place for anyone who loves to learn, you will be guided through the basics to the advanced stages of a case. You will learn everything starting from making a list of dates to advanced drafting tasks. The seniors are super friendly and the work environment is very happening.

There are occasional discussions related to current events of Arbitration, Insolvency and Maritime. They have a huge library which has an amazing collection of books on Maritime Law, Arbitration, Insolvency. Also the Tea/Coffee provided is mind-blowing!

Acknowledgement

I would like to thank all members of the BMC family for providing me with this wonderful opportunity. Being entrusted with such meaningful and interesting work was indeed very illuminating and will surely help me a lot in the long run. Would suggest every penultimate or final year law student to intern here once.

Disclaimer: Internship experiences are opinions shared by individual law students and tend to be personal and subjective in nature. The internship experiences shared on Lawctopus are NOT Lawctopus official views on the internship.

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