Internship Experience at SKR & Associates, Kolkata: Arbitration & Civil Laws and SARFAESI Act Research and Drafting Work

Name of the Student, Year and College

Manisha Gupta, 3rd Year, South Calcutta Law College, Affiliated to Calcutta University.

Name of the Organisation and its Address

SKR & Associates

Corporate Office: 7B, Kiran Shankar Ray Road, Punwani Chambers, Kolkata, 700001

Litigation Office: 6A, Kiran Shankar Ray Road, Kolkata, 700001

Duration of Internship

I applied for a one-month internship, initially. On my instance, Mr. Santosh Kumar Ray (the proprietor of the firm) was kind enough to allow me for a long term internship and to attend office after my college hours. I interned for a period of 10 months (November 2018 – August 2019).

Application Procedure

I came across the firm through Lawctopus.

You can email your CV along with the cover letter at admin[at]skradvocates.com or you can also connect with the firm via LinkedIn where the firm is quite active.

First Day Formalities, Infrastructure, First Impression:

I was notified beforehand about my internship mentors and once I reached office, my mentors, Ms. Sannoyee Chakravorty and Ms. Rituparna Sanyal was kind enough to make me comfortable and asked me about my area of interest and further explained me the working nature of the firm. The firm has a decent office and is quite spacious and also has its own conference room.

Main Tasks and Experience

One the very first day, I was briefed about the Arbitration Law and was asked to go through the bare act and important judgements and clear my doubts from my mentor. I received instructions from the associates for research work and always ensure that you take proper instructions and clarify your doubts. Later on, I also accompanied the associates to the court and client meeting which was a massive learning experience.

As my stint at the firm was long, I also had a chance to explore other departments like NCLT, DRT and civil cases. I learnt drafting of various legal instruments under the guidance of Ms. Rituparna Sanyal and Mrs. Sanandita Chakraborty. I drafted applications and notices related to Arbitration, SARFAESI etc.

I also prepared case briefs and my other seniors like Mrs. Ankita Upadhyay as well as Santosh Sir involved me in discussions and took my suggestions to, which was definitely very encouraging. There is no dearth of work in the firm but you should be approachable and show interest in the given work and if the associates find you worthy enough, they will give you a variety of work and you will definitely finish the internship with a lot of practical knowledge.

Also, one of the best thing about the firm is that they hold discussion sessions once in every two weeks where the recent amendments are widely discussed and the associates provide deep insight to different laws, during this session Santosh Sir and other seniors ask numerous questions to the intern which is a fun yet learning experience. In the period of 10 months, the firm and its people became family to me and the experience was phenomenal.

Good Things

  1. The firm is situated 2 mins away from Kolkata HC, the court area provides you with various food options which is delicious as well as very cheap.
  2. The staff and associates are very friendly in nature and always motivated to do better.
  3. The interns sit alongside the associates which I find really good as a practice.
  4. Also, the evenings’ snacks and tea are complimentary and you can ask Sushil Bhaiya to get anything delicious for you.
  5. The firm has access to a different database like SCC Online, Manupatra, so the researching becomes easier as well as they have a decent stocked up a library.
  6. The firm has a wide practice area so the interns get good exposure to various laws.

Bad Things

  • The criminal practise is very not very abundant in the firm so you should not approach if you have no interest in civil law.
  • Also, the firm follows a policy of not sending the interns to the lower courts so you might miss to explore it, if it is your first litigation internship.

Stipend

Rs. 7,000 per month as I was interning for a long period.

Accommodation and Commutation

The accommodation wasn’t an issue for me as I am a resident of Kolkata otherwise there are numerous PGs in Bhawanipore, Girish Park etc.

For commuting you have the famous Kolkata metro which is well connected otherwise you can travel from Howrah via bus or prefer a ferry ride until Shipping Ferry Ghat or Babughat and trust me the ferry journey is breathtakingly beautiful especially during the evening. From the ferry ghat, the office is 5 mins walking distance.

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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