Debrup Choudhury, Calcutta University, 3rd Year of Study
About the Organisation, City and State
Sandersons and Morgans Advocates & Solicitors, Kolkata, West Bengal
01st August 2019 31st August 2019
One can drop in on the reception office of the firm or can consign a CV to the official mail address of the Sandersons & Morgans and wait for the reply.
But in my case, I approached one of the Partners of S&M in person because I had mismanagement of time and only one month in hand to do the internship. However, he apprised me to mail my CV on his personal email.
First Day Formalities Initial Impressions
On my first day, I stepped into the firm at 10 a.m. sharp (this was my first time in a firm). The firm looked old, musty with an amazing archipelago of law books which will take you back to the British time. I personally prefer this type of environment than mordern air conditioned rooms with a digital library.
Some of the clerks there asked me to introduce myself to them and also asked me under whom I’ll be doing my internship there. So, I told them, I’ll be doing internship under Mr. P. C. Ghose, Partner of S&M.
There was a small waiting room well decorated with books and law journals where i was made to wait until my senior (Mr. Ghose) arrived.
He called me in after an ephemeral period of time and gave me an idea of how the firm works. I was given a small chamber which was allotted only for interns and soon my co-interns joined me.
We were given several cases related to UCO Bank specially and other banks too. Most of the cases are related to loan defaults, NPA, etc and most of them are under the SARFAESI Act.
We were asked to make notes on the arguments, do research works on the evidence and brief all that to the Partner and give the inferences. Our senior was very cordial and friendly. He used to spare some time every day and asked us what we have learnt.
I remember, once I got a plaint of a case with no written argument (supposedly not prepared by that time) and I was asked to prepare a written argument on basis of some of the evidence that was given there. However, during my submission, my senior told me several other facts on which the written argument could have been made (which was not known to me).
Apart from these cases, we were also given criminal matters (few), however, I personally find the Civil section more inquisitive than the Criminal.
The clerks and staffs were cordial, every day they used to greet us with a smile nodding their heads. We were free to leave the firm anytime we want for the lunch break. We just have to submit our work on time. There were no restrictions for going out during office hours. It’s just that we were given two or three cases per day and we have to finish them off within 4:30 p.m.
Also, it is situated opposite to the Bankshall Court, and the High Court is at walking distance from the firm, so during the lunch break we used to visit the Irctc Food Court in High Court area where we used to have lunch with other college friends of ours doing internship in other firms or under lawyers.
Nothing as such.
I have my maternal house here in Manicktalla, Kolkata, so I used to travel by metro to Chandni Chawk and walk for 15-20 minutes to reach the firm. The buses that time tend to be crowded so I preferred metro.
The firm is located in Fairly Place, B.B.D. Bag, opp. to G.P.O. and Bankshall court and has a bus stand adjacent to it from where one can get buses for North, Central and South Kolkata.
Nothing as such was there to chill. We only had fun during lunch hours.