Internship Experience @ Banthia & Co. Advocates, Bhopal: Good Work, Great Work Environment

[UPDATE: February 8, 2015]: Internship experiences are shared by individual law students and are ‘subjective’. 

Name of the organization & City

Banthia & Co. Advocates, Bhopal

Duration of the internship. No. of days/week. Timings

June 2014 (4 weeks). The office timings on weekdays were from 11 am till 4 am midnight but the interns could leave early by 5 pm or as per their convenience.

Mr. Neelesh Banthia, the owner of the company stayed back longer than 10 pm to take care of all the work along with his associates. The office is open till 4 am in the night so interns can stay for as long as they want but there is no compulsion.

How big was the office? Team strength?

Banthia & Co. is one of the biggest and oldest law firms in the nation which was established in the year 1927. The firm has offices around twelve cities in India such as Bhopal, New Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Bangalore, Mangalore, Indore, Kochi, Pune, Goa, Jabalpur and Chennai.

Mr. Banthia is also out for one week in every month for the purpose of visiting his other offices all across the country.

The head office of Banthia and Co. is in Bhopal where the owner Mr. Neelesh Banthia sits and controls and manages all the offices.

The team strength of the firm is around 250 associates across all the twelve offices working directly under Mr. Neelesh Banthia since this is an ownership firm.

The firm mainly deals in Property Law and Property related matters. The biggest clients of the company are the Christian Missionaries all over India with whom Mr. Banthia deals directly.

Application procedure. Internship contact details.

For internship you should call up Mr. Neelesh Banthia (Contact No. 09827054089) directly as he believes in dealing with the interns himself. The internship call would be followed up by a telephonic interview by Mrs. Sonali Banthia.

You would also be required to mail your resume to Mr. Banthia on his email id: neeleshbanthia@rediffmail.com

The company has a policy of taking only a maximum of 10 interns per month.

You should apply at least 2-3 months in advance through email which should be followed up by calling up Mr. Banthia. Mr. Banthia would definitely attend your call and if busy, he would surely give you a time at which he would call you back to interact with you.

One thing I can assure you of is that Mr. Banthia is a very approachable person so you need not be nervous. You have to furnish the exact dates and the location at which you wish to intern in your email application the subject for which should be “Application for internship.”

Accommodation: how, where, how was it?

I interned at the head office of the firm in Bhopal, which is a beautiful city and I did not have any relatives there. So I stayed at a Guest House in Shyamla Hills which was 10 minutes by an auto from the office.

The office is located near VIP road in Koh-e-fiza. A lot of P.G.s and hostels are available near the office. MP Nagar Zone II in Bhopal has hostels for girls and boys both from where the office is reasonably close, which can also be availed on a monthly basis.

First impression, First day, formalities etc.

Banthia & Co. is an unconventional law firm when I reached the head office in Bhopal at 10.00 am on the first day I met Mrs. Sonali Banthia who gave me a very warm welcome and made me feel comfortable and home-like. Mr. Neelesh Banthia joined us later and gave me all the details about the office and previous interns. He also briefed me about the firm.

Later, we went to the office and Sir told me to take any of the chairs in the office. I was given a file to be reviewed which had agreements and deeds like Permission to purchase, Permission to gift, Agreement to sell, Agreement to gift, Sale deed and Gift deed.

Later I was called into Sir’s cabin where I sat with him and asked him millions of questions about his office, his life, his clients and about the file, of course; all of which he answered very patiently.

On the very first day I was asked to interact with some clients who had come to the office with some property dispute. You will get to deal with a lot more practical experiences like these.

Main tasks

The main tasks that I did at the firm were to interact with clients and take note of cases. I attended meetings with Sir as well and let me witness his interaction with his biggest clients amongst the Christian Missionaries. Mr. Neelesh Banthia also took me for a meeting with the Archbishop of Bhopal.

In addition to the above, I also dealt with agreements and deeds in relation to the Indian Contract Act, 1872, the Indian Partnership Act, 1932, the Transfer of Property Act, 1882, the Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Act, 1988, the Limitation Act and the Civil Procedure Code 1908.

Alongside, I also assisted in partition and ownership related disputes of Property as well as Consumer Dispute cases, Medical negligence cases and Maintenance cases.

Work environment, people

The Banthia & Co. office, being the head office is located at a very posh location in Bhopal and the best thing about this office is that Mr. Neelesh Banthia is always available here.

Mr. Banthia would always take out time from his extremely busy schedule and be there to help you out and listen to your doubts. In case of any difficulty you could directly approach him or any of the associates, who are always happy to help.

The owner that is Mr. Neelesh Banthia is the most chilled out and amazing person I have come across not only during my internships but also in my entire life and he treats you with care and concern. Mr. Banthia is known for his humour and charm and around him you would never feel left out or alone.

Best things?

The best things about the Banthia & Co. internship were the flexible timings and the way of working. Because you would be given freedom to work as per your convenience you would also have a time to see Bhopal.

There are no deadlines that you would be asked to meet for your assignments. This is because the main policy of firm allows the interns to focus on learning rather than pressurizing them to work day & night and meet deadline. Banthia & Co. is a temple of learning.

The fundamental idea behind the work given to the interns was that they should learn not only what the law is but also focus on its practical applications.

This firm would definitely give you a reality check. The owner of the firm and his associates welcomed doubts by interns on points which were not clear to them. The focus was on quality work and hard work.

Bad things?

None at all

What did you do to chill? Co-interns, colleagues

Bhopal is the city of lakes. It has a number of lake-view restaurants. You could go boating. The city is famous for the DB City mall which is magnificent. The city is also famous for a number of museums, temples and masjids plus you can visit the Van Vihar National Park.

At the office, the work environment is never tense. It is very comfortable and you will have all the facilities at your disposal. Tea, coffee and juice would be served to you at your command. Plus Mr. Neelesh Banthia always treats his interns and associates with ice-creams almost daily.

Stipend/month

The firm does not pay for providing a learning experience to the interns but the reasonable expenses can be taken care of.

Anything else you’d like to tell; biggest lessons.

One of the many things that I learnt from Mr. Banthia is the art of communication. The way he treats his clients and communicates with them is spell bounding.

He is very friendly and approachable not only for his clients but also for his associates and interns.

He is never impatient and you can approach him with the silliest of your doubts. One thing that would be appreciated is the thirst for knowledge and learning plus hard work and diligence.

 [UPDATE: February 8, 2015]: Internship experiences are shared by individual law students and are ‘subjective’.

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