Name: Abhishek Kumar Garg, Fourth Year, B.A. LL.B.(Hons.), Law School, BHU
Internship Duration: January 2, 2018 to January 29, 2018
Location of the Firm and Accommodation/Daily Conveyance: The Law Firm is situated in Okhla Phase III. The nearest Metro Station is NSIC Okhla (Magenta Line), but most commuters prefer the Govind Puri Metro Station (Violet Line) as sharing rickshaws ply all day round to the Govind Puri Metro. Although both the Metro Stations are like 10-15 minutes walk away.
I’m not from NCR so I had to seek a PG accommodation. As Herculean as PG hunting might seem, this turned out to be a pretty easy task as the adjacent areas like Lajpat Nagar, Sant Nagar, etc. are flooded with nice and reasonable PG accommodations for both boys and girls.
First Day: The daily reporting time was 9:30 am and I arrived at the law firm promptly on time. I was shortly briefed at the front desk by Sapna Mam and was then assigned a cubicle which I had to share with an associate of the firm.
Nature of Work: The nature of work which I received was thankfully extremely varied and interesting. I got to work on Trademark disputes, Direct & Indirect taxation, Insolvency & Bankruptcy, Arbitration, Customs Act, Ports Act, Stamps Act, Civil Procedure, Law of Contracts and much more.
Most of the work used to be research oriented and it was a great learning experience for me as I got to explore the nuances of various laws. I got most of the work from the Corporate team, but you can always head to the third floor to interact with the Litigation team and assist them. I was even fortunate enough to work with a Partner which was a really amazing experience.
Work Timings: You’ll be expected to arrive somewhere around 9:30 am to 10 am. As far as leaving is concerned, one is allowed to leave by 6:30 pm subject to the completion of the assignments given to you. I used to normally stay up til 7:30 pm, but at times it even went beyond 9 pm. In case you’re kept beyond 9 pm, the firm provides for the cab.
Work Environment: The work environment was very conducive and professional. The associates were very polite and helpful and used to explain everything thoroughly in case of doubts.
Other staffs were also very amicable and helpful. The pantry is just amazing and it was the great coffee and tea served by them that kept me going. (Thanks, Manan Bhaiya for your amazing cups of Ginger Tea!!!)
Stipend: Five Thousand Rupees for four weeks.
The Good: I personally liked almost everything about the firm. The people were very nice and amicable. The nature of work entrusted to me was mostly very interesting (although you will get some clerical jobs as well and they are really tasking at times) and it was a great learning experience for me.
The Bad: I had only one qualm with the firm and that would be the library which happened to be utterly disorganized and finding some of the commentaries often proved to be a Sisyphean task. But as I was told, a new library is under construction on the next floor so I hope my successors won’t have to face that problem.
Pro Tip: Whenever you’re assigned some research work, ask about the background of the case. It will give you a clear insight into what the associates are precisely looking for. Never hesitate to ask questions and take down notes of everything. Secondly, you’ll be asked to maintain an assignment sheet and have it signed by the associates, so make sure to maintain it either daily or at least on a weekly basis, else you’ll be stuck on the last day preparing just this sheet for hours.
Final Verdict: I would describe my internship experience at Phoenix Legal, New Delhi as highly fulfilling and educative. This is definitely one of the finest law firms in the country and if you wish to learn the nuances of various laws and see how they actually work, you can hardly find any better firm than this.