NAME, COLLEGE, YEAR OF STUDY
Shreya, Hidayatullah National Law University, 2nd Year.
NAME OF ORGANISATION, LOCATION, AND ADDRESS
HSB Partners, Teynampet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Capitale 9th Floor Door. no. 555, Anna Salai, Teynampet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600018, Opposite Hyatt Regency.
DURATION OF INTERNSHIP AND TIMINGS
5 weeks – December 2019 and early January 2020 (Monday to Saturday)
The timings for this internship aren’t very rigid per se. One is expected to report to the office between 9.30 and 10 in the morning and the usual leaving time for interns is anywhere between 6 and 7 in the evening. Sometimes one might have to stay longer than usual if the workload is on the higher side, else the timing pretty much remains the same.
The firm is run by 3 partners, Mr. Harishankar, Mr. Srinath Sridevan and Mr. T.K Bhaskar, each specializing in different fields of the Law.
One can send in their CV along with a cover letter to the email of an associate (who handles internships) of the partner or directly to the emails of the specific partner itself. There are usually around 2-4 interns at a time under each partner and there is regular afflux of applicants across different years of study, so do apply early.
I interned under Mr. T.K Bhaskar who specializes in Corporate Law and got the required email ids from a friend.
FIRST DAY IMPRESSION AND INFRASTRUCTURE
I was asked to report at the office at 9.30 in the morning with relevant documents. The first thing that struck me was just the beauty of the office. This is a large, vibrant, beautifully decored place with all the looks and feel of a fancy corporate office.
The office is divided into 3 main sections: Reception and waiting area, Offices of the 3 Partners and a large room divided into many cubicles for all the associates, senior associates, and junior partners together. The office also has 4 large conference rooms which also double up as libraries and are really well stocked with all required books, journals, etc for use.
Interns sit and work from the room of the associates and are usually allotted a cubicle and a system for their use. However, it is advisable to carry your own laptop as well, as on some crowded days especially when the court isn’t working, you might not get a cubicle and will have to work on your laptop.
The office also has a small pantry where all the associates and interns have lunch. Tea/ Coffee is also regularly provided.
Usually Associates of the Partner you’re interning under give you work, though sometimes you do end up working for associates irrespective of their team. There are around 15 associates under each partner and several senior associates and junior partners as well. At times, partners directly give you work which lets you interact with them and learn a lot.
An important aspect to bear in mind is to be proactive and enthusiastic here. You’ll have to be smart, eager to learn, ask around for work and be diligent enough to complete the task. The associates and partners are really friendly and helpful, but you’ll have to take the initiative to get to know them.
My main tasks included research on various aspects of different laws especially Company Law, the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, Tax laws, IBC, Land Reforms Acts of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, Limitation Act, Evidence Act, and CPC. I would be asked to either find pertinent case laws on a specific point of law or research generally on a specific topic for drafting legal opinions.
Apart from all the general research work as mentioned before, I extensively worked on 4 main cases, for which I researched for cases, drafted rejoinders, replications, various applications, and affidavits. This enhanced my drafting skills and knowledge greatly. The associates review your draft, make edits and explain the same to you and are very approachable at all times.
One can also accompany the crop of associates leaving to court every day at 10 am to witness proceedings at the Madras High Court and the NCLT. However, I chose to go to the Court and the NCLT only for the matters I worked on. The rest of the time, I worked in the office, either researching or drafting.
One of the best things about this firm is its vibrant, energetic and educative working environment. The Associates, Senior Associates and Junior Partners (who all sit together) are a really fun, young bunch. Associates always help you out if you’re stuck, explain concepts that you may not have heard of before, motivate you and even chill with you. It’s a lovely, fuzzy ambience that comforts, yet challenges you.
Though I was in the second year and was the youngest among all interns, I was given just as much work if not more. You are allotted work purely based on your eagerness to learn, efficiency and research and drafting skills, and not on the basis of your preexisting knowledge. This helped me understand the laws that were new and diverse. My work particularly revolved around Company Law and Arbitration, both of which I was unfamiliar with at the start, but gained considerable experience in after all the work I did by the end of the internship.
I also attended an arbitration and a cross-examination for a matter that I worked on and it was a wonderful experience and exposure that I thoroughly enjoyed and benefitted from.
Partners interact with interns directly, and watching them argue in court was truly amazing. The partners are highly qualified and masters of their respective fields and one can learn so much from just observing and interacting with them.
Since I interned in December, there was an office Secret Santa game being played notching up the fun quotient :p. Not to mention the endless cake cuttings for birthdays, random Saturdays and for just about anything. The fact that the office is on the 9th floor, gives you a fantastic view of the city, the endless traffic on the main Anna Salai where the office is located and even of the coastline, perfect for looking out and daydreaming during the occasional free time :p.
I really can’t think of any.
I was paid Rs. 5000/-
ACCOMMODATION AND COMMUTE
I am from Chennai and so accommodation and commute wasn’t an issue for me. However, with the firm being located right in the heart of the city, there are numerous PGs in the vicinity and in the neighbouring areas of T.Nagar, Mylapore, etc. One can always take up accommodation there.
The best way to commute for those staying farther away is the Metro. The office is just 2 buildings away from the B1 gate of the AG-DMS Metro station. Overall, this was a 10/10 internship that I thoroughly enjoyed. The fact that I feel like interning here every vacation is proof enough!