Internship Experience at Sarthak Advocates and Solicitors, Delhi: Dispute Resolution, Litigation, Arbitration & Corporate Law Research & Drafting Work

Name of the Student, College and Year

Abhishek Lalwani; National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi, 3rd year.

Organisation and Address

Sarthak Advocates and Solicitors, S-134 (LGF), Greater Kailash-II, New Delhi-110048

Duration of the Internship

4 weeks (June 2019)

How you Applied?

The details of the internship program are provided on the website: HERE. You can send in your resume along with a covering letter to [email protected] It is advisable to send your application 2-3 months prior to the preferred dates.

First day formalities, infrastructure, first impression

The first day formalities include the signing of the Non-Disclosure agreement followed by induction by the HR who briefs you about the policies and rules of the firm. The firm does not have a very strict culture that you need to worry about but discipline is expected from you in meeting your deadlines and reaching office at all times.

Then you are asked about the team you would like to work for which is either corporate or litigation. This is followed by the HR introducing you to the entire firm and allotting you a work station for the internship.

The infrastructure of the firm is not huge but adequately spacious and well planned. It has cabins for the partners, work stations for the associates, a resourceful library and a conference hall to accommodate mostly all the needs of a law firm.

Main Tasks

My expectation from this internship was primarily of learning corporate law because of the name this firm had established as a corporate law firm when I applied. But after having worked there for a month, it is worth clarifying that the firm deals with a lot of dispute resolution matter, including litigation and arbitration, along with general corporate law and mergers & acquisitions.

The main tasks allotted to me included:

  1. Drafting various applications under the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908.
  2. Researching on various propositions related to Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016; Companies Act, 2013; Partnership Act, 1932; Limitation Act, 1963; Contract Act, 1872; TRAI Act, 1997 and various other commercial laws.
  3. You also get to witness court and arbitration proceedings if you have been working on that case and show your interest to accompany the lawyers.
  4. The firm also has a practice where any advocate can ask you to do a presentation on any contemporary topic, towards the end of your internship, which is attended by all the members of the firm and is very interactive.

Good things

The best thing I felt about this firm was that they have a very identical approach towards the internship program as that of an intern. They want you to learn more than just work for them which is why you can approach anybody, including the partners directly, for work and even go multiple times for clarifications if you are getting stuck somewhere. Also, while allotting any work to you the associates even tell you the approach you should take.

The firm is very professional in its functioning but the seniors and the partners treat the firm as a family so work never gets enough of you. Apart from all that, the interns are made to sit along with the associates and that gives a first-hand experience of working in a law firm.

Bad things

There was no such bad thing about the internship but the only problem I faced was the travel time due to the distance between my house and the office.

Stipend

The firm does not have a uniform stipend policy and they generally pay you based on your performance.

Accommodation, commuting to the office

I belong to Delhi so accommodation was not a concern. Commuting to the office is easy as you can take the metro till the Greater Kailash Station and then take an auto directly to the office or take a Bus towards Tara Apartment, get down at Chandan Market and walk 200-300 metres.

Anything else, what you did to chill out, lessons learnt etc

The office is situated in Greater Kailash-II so there are multiple options to chill including the M-Block Market which is the closest. This internship was a very good learning experience and it is highly recommended.

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