Your name, college, year of study, email ID
Name of organisation, location city, team strength
Luthra and Luthra Law Offices, Mumbai.
The team strength is approximately 50-60. 5-8 partners sit in the Mumbai office.
20th floor, Indiabulls Finance Centre, Senapati Bapat Marg, Elphinstone Road, Mumbai.
The Elphinstone Road station is just two minutes away from the office.
I had got this internship through the placement cell of my college. However, you can apply here individually also and from what I know, their reply is quite fast.
Duration of internship and timings
June 2018 for a period of four weeks.
Timings- 10 am to 7:30 pm, Monday to Friday. The weekends were off. On some occasions, I had to stay back till 10.30 to complete the work assigned to me. For staying beyond 9.30 the office reimbursed for the dinner and cab expenses.
First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure
The office is situated on the 20th floor of the magnificent Indiabulls Finance Centre building which has offices of many big companies such as YES bank, HSBC, Deloitte, Mondelez, etc. Though one may get a little lost on the first day because the building has three towers and many lifts, the several guards there help you out and after a few days, you’ll get a hang of the place.
On the first day, you’ll be asked to register yourself at the entrance as outsiders are not allowed inside the building and you’ll be issued a visitor’s pass, the Luthra people will give you an ID card afterwards which you need to carry every day in order to enter and exit the building.
The Luthra office is quite big and spacious. The associates have cubicles in the open spaces and the partners have offices. There are 2 conference rooms, one lunch room, one library and a pantry. There is a separate seating area for the interns however some interns were given unused associate cubicles also to sit. There is a balcony as well from where the view of the city is absolutely amazing.
On my first day, I was asked to wait in the conference room by the HR and when all interns came, we were asked our team preference. The HR tried her best to give us our preferred teams. We were required to sign some papers and submit a passport sized photograph for the ID card and after all these formalities were done, we were showed our desks and introduced to our teams. There is no system of emails in Luthra and the work gets assigned either on phone or personally. There is a folder of interns which is accessible by all (interns and associates) and a folder of your name will be created the day you join. You need to upload all research and relevant material here which can then be used by the concerned associate. Additionally, you need to maintain a daily worksheet and have to mail it to the HR at the end of your internship.
Mainly I did a lot of research work in various areas of law: company law, arbitration, labour law, FEMA, FDI and ODI regulations, etc. Apart from the research work, I was also given a lot of proofreading, document mapping and cross-referencing work. Due diligence work was also given on some occasions however those occasions were few. However, I was fortunate enough to assist in an ongoing DD matter which lasted for a week.
Work environment, people
The work environment was healthy and chilled out. The associates were kind and helpful. Even if you asked to explain the proposition twice or thrice, they were up for it. They did not just assign the work and be done with it but had in-depth discussions also on the subject. No one made you feel like an outsider and everybody was cordial and warm towards all. The pantry staff was super sweet.
There was a variety of work. I did not sit idle at any given time. Whether work came on its own or I had to go and ask, I was pretty much occupied all the time which made the internship much more fun and not boring at all. Every day, I looked forward to coming to the office.
The best thing here was the work environment and culture. The associates were young, spirited, patient and extremely helpful. There was an easy and relaxed air to the atmosphere which made working quite fun. People interacted with others quite often and sat and had lunch together. The partners also spent a lot of time discussing and interacting with and among the associates and were not restrained to their closed offices.
The balcony was a really nice spot to chill out during free time. The view of the entire city from the 20th floor was absolutely breathtaking.
The pantry staff was very sweet and polite.
There wasn’t any bad thing as such but I would like to mention one thing- the interns had zero interaction with the partners which was a bit of a letdown.
Places to eat, chill
The office is located in a very busy area and there are several places to eat nearby. There are many roadside stalls also to have the delicious fast food of Mumbai. The Indiabulls building has two big canteens cum cafeterias where you can either buy a meal and eat or just have your tiffin there. A lot of Indian, Chinese etc options are available, there is a thali option also and Box8 also has a shop opened there.
Apart from that, the building has famous food chains such as Chai Point, Paninaro and Starbucks.
Yes. I received a stipend of Rs. 10,000.
I stayed with relatives in Chembur. Though the distance between my house to the office was just 8-10 km which isn’t much in a big city like Mumbai, the cab ride took close to one hour because of the immense traffic. Also, the cab prices were insanely high. Also, my route wasn’t well connected with the local trains and even when I took a local, I had to take a cab at one point which would again put me on the road in jam-packed traffic.
Though it is recommended to stay in a relative’s place if you can in Mumbai because it is too expensive, if you are planning to live in a PG, I would suggest to take a PG somewhere nearby (at a walking distance maybe or which has a good local train connectivity) to save both time and money.