Your Name, College, Year of Study, Email ID
Name of Organisation, Location city, Team Strength
Wadia Ghandy & Co. (South), Advocates and Solicitors, Chennai.
Ground Floor-Spring-fields Building, Jaganathan Road, Nungabakkam, Chennai. Wadia Ghandy & Co is one of the oldest law firms of India founded in 1880s in what was then, Bombay. The Chennai office was set up in August 2009.
The firm led by the 1 partner, Ms. Shona Malvi, 1 senior associate and 4 associates has represented many noteworthy clients across sectors. The firm mainly deals with Corporate, Mergers and Acquisitions, Insurance, Banking and Finance Law and Property related matters.
The firm has a policy of taking only a maximum of two interns per month. You should apply at least 2-3 months in advance through mail. The firm will get back to you by call or mail within a maximum of 4 weeks from application. You have to furnish the exact dates of internship with application.
Duration of internship and timings
1st July, 2015 – 30th July, 2015.
First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure
I reached the Wadia Ghandy office at 9.30 am on the first day
I was asked to set up my laptop in the Conference room and was provided with Wi-Fi and stationery to make my notes on the topics given for research.
That very day, Ms. Shona Malvi, the partner was very busy with some work, so I was just sitting idle till 12.00 p.m.
Then, I was given research and briefing work on various RBI Circulars.
My main tasks were mostly research work on the new Companies Act, 2013 as well as comparison of the Act of 2013 with that of the Act of 1956.
In addition to the above, I also researched in relation to the Indian Contract Act, 1872, the Indian Partnership Act, 1932, the Transfer of Property Act, 1882 and also certain FEMA and RBI guidelines and regulations.
Alongside, I also assisted in the research of the Payment of Wages Act, 1936, the Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972.
Work environment and people
The Wadia Ghandy Chennai office, being a branch office is small and with a handful of associates but there is a lot of interaction between the associates, and even the partner. The partner helped me to understand the projects which needs to be done properly.
In case of any difficulty you could directly approach the senior associate or the associates, who are happy to help. The associates (including the senior associate) were some of the most chilled out and amazing people I have come across during my internships and they treated you as if you were one among themselves and cracked jokes with you during the breaks we had.
The best things of Wadia Ghandy internship were the timings and the work flexibility. Because the office timings ended at seven, I had time for myself.
The basic idea behind the work given to the intern was that he/she could learn the law rather than just giving results to the topics given. The partner and the associates welcomed doubts by the interns on the points which were not clear.
Since most of my work was research based and dealt with Corporate Law which I had never studied before, it did get a tad difficult to work it but nevertheless it was a great learning experience as the associates helped me understand the provisions clearly!
The biggest lesson I learnt here is that no work is small or big, its your willingness and your persistent nature that will be assessed.
Any Other Thing
Wadia Ghandy, Chennai internship was a very enriching experience for me.
I learnt a lot about law just by researching.
The always helpful associates were form a great part of this learning experience.
The internship opened my eyes to practical, ground-work. Overall a good learning experience.