Name of the organisation where you interned and its full address
Shivadass & Shivadass Law Chambers
Address: #501, Level 5, Prestige Centre Point, No. 7, Cunningham Road, Bangalore – 560052, Karnataka, India
Duration of internship
2nd December 2019 to 3rd January 2020 (4 Weeks)
How did you apply?
I applied for the internship by sending my resume details to admin[at]sdlaw.co.in and I received a confirmation within one week.
First day formalities, infrastructure, first impression
I was asked to report to the office at 9:30 A.M. Thereafter, the interns were required to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement, submit a passport-sized photograph and other documents as a formality. Once this was completed, we were briefed by Ms. Shradha, Associate in-charge for interns, about the work culture and were introduced to the other associates.
The office is located at a prime location and the building houses multiple law firms. The High Court, Consumer Court and City Civil Court are closely located and is an added advantage. The associates have their own cubicles and the Senior Counsel occupies a separate office. The law chamber also has a conference room, pantry and a well-stocked library.
The office timings are from 9:30 AM to 7:00 PM. However, interns are required to stay back until the designated task is completed or he/she is required to assist the associate (usually all the interns end up staying until 8:30 PM).
Research and drafting are primary tasks. I researched topics pertaining to Indirect Taxation, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, Companies Act, Foreign Exchange Management Act, Foreign Trade Policy and Consumer Protection Laws.
Indirect taxation is a speciality of the law chamber considering it is principally advised by Gopalakrishnan Shivadass sir who is a designated Senior Counsel, High Court of Karnataka and his practice is primarily focused around taxation laws. Besides, the Chamber also takes up matters pertaining to Corporate Litigation and Advisory.
I would highly recommend any student who is planning to litigate/practice in the field of taxation laws to intern at Shivadass & Shivadass. The quality of work and the questions of law that the chamber litigates is amazing. The chamber is relatively new and thereby the interns get to work on matters hands-on without any filter that usually exists in well-established law firms. The work-culture is exciting and all the associates are young and passionate in their fields of law. Not to forget, the Associates were humble and patient to explain the matter over and again.
Even for an intern like me who had no background of accounting/taxation law understanding, the Associates made me feel comfortable and ensured that I returned with enough food for thought on the said subject. Unlike the cliché that an intern should know all laws magically, the approach here was to enable the intern to garner the practical aspects of law as much as possible with the fundamentals being stressed.
One of the best experiences during the internship was to hear Gopalakrishnan Shivadass sir argue before the High Court and attend the briefing sessions for sir along with the associates.
The “evening samosa” is a tradition at the chambers and is worth a mention.
The chamber accepts a maximum of 3 interns and therefore it is advised to apply for the internship at least 3 months in advance.
There is no fixed stipend and is purely based on the amount and quality of work you do.
Accommodation, commuting to the office
Since I resided in Bangalore, accommodation wasn’t an issue. The office is close to the Cubbon Park Metro Station and the location has decent bus connectivity. There are multiple eateries around the office and food isn’t an issue.
Anything else, what you did to chill out, lessons learnt etc
The internship taught me the importance of an eye for detail that a lawyer should possess. Overall, an experience that pondered my thoughts over-taxation practice in the future.
I am an army girl! In a barbie world! Keeper of 5 dogs. On a diet for now. Sometimes I might make punctuation mistakes, but I make up for it by bringing in a crore or two extra. What's more important, a misplaced comma, or a well-placed crore?