Online Internship Experience at Callidus Legal: Research on Admiralty and Shipping Matters

Student’s Name, College, and Year of Study

Bodhisattwa Majumder, Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai, 5th Year.

About the Firm

Callidus Legal is a firm operating for both Corporate and Maritime communities of India, the UAE and Asia. The initial areas of practice were in relation to Tax, Civil, Constitutional, Criminal and Service related matters. On being inducted, as a Partner at Callidus Corporate and Maritime Consulting (CCMC), Dubai, the firm then merged our Indian operations, imbibing the name of Callidus Corporate and Maritime Consulting (CCMC), India. However, apart from providing legal consultation and related services; the Indian counterpart was renamed as Callidus Legal, Advocates, Consultants & Notary. Callidus Legal presently has its Corporate Office at Cochin, with branch offices in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Chennai. In the UAE and Singapore, the firm deals with extensive maritime and corporate consultancy services; with a mission to extend such services to patrons in various parts of the Middle East and Asia.

Mode of the Internship

Online. Due to the lockdown and travel restrictions of COVID, I preferred the offline mode of the internship. However, there was hardly any difference from an offline internship.

Duration

1st December 2021 to 7th January 2021.

Application Process

The internship form provided on their website needs to be filled and sent to the Managing Partner, Mr. Joy Thattil (joy[at]calliduscmc.com), for final consideration and approval.

First Day Formalities and Initial Impressions

As the questionnaire was pretty detailed, I had filled my interests, past experience, and my inclination towards maritime law. I was contacted by the firm within a week of sending the form and my internship was confirmed. On the first day of my internship, I was given access to the email for the interns.

Main Tasks

The firm deals with mainly maritime matters are it Shipping Law, Arbitration, Admiralty disputes alongside corporate matters. As I was interested in the former I was allotted more of them. Apart from that, the other interns received matters related to Insolvency, the Companies Act, and associated matters. The kind of work was very interesting. The research was very specific and related to pertinent issues of law. I also got to work upon the upcoming legislation and suggest legislative changes.

Good Things

  • Very responsive, each email was considered and reviewed within a day.
  • Mr. Bijesh Tom was very considerate and understanding. I was given a week off for my examinations without any question. No work was ‘forced upon’ and the interns were given the freedom to work at their own pace and style.
  • The work timings were not infringing on personal space. The whole work system was very orderly and professional.
  • The matters dealt with were very interesting for a law student. Ongoing cases, pending applications, and drafting opportunities.
  • At every stage Mr. Joy (Managing partner) oversaw the work done and the interns were being guided by him.

9. Bad Things

No bad things at all. The only regret I had was, I could not attend the firm offline due to COVID. Will try to work offline once.

Stipend

None.

Student Review

Anyone who is interested in working in the field of Shipping Law must work here. The work environment and support by the senior members is commendable and inspiring.

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