Intern name: Prateek Bhandari
College: NUJS, Kolkata
Year when interned: Second year
Duration of the internship: 4 weeks
Procedure adopted for applying: Placement Committee
Type of internship: Litigation Law Firm, High Court, Supreme Court
Number of days per week: 6 and Fridays used to be half-days
Office timings: 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Whether the firm was strict about timings and number of working days in a week: No
Rating on 10: 7
Experience: I interned here during the summer vacation, 2010 (May-June) along with four other students from my batch.
Indu Malhotra is a Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court (the second lady advocate to be designated ‘senior advocate’ in the history of SC) and has a firm with around ten associates. The primary work of firm is related to arbitration, property and commercial matters.
On the first day itself I was given an arbitration agreement to review and I had to suggest modifications on it to suit the client’s need. Later on I worked on cases relating to citizenship, enemy property, Specific Relief Act, land acquisition and partnership among others.
O.P. Malhotra and Indu Malhotra are the authors of a book on arbitration (The Law and Practice of Arbitration and Conciliation) and its third edition was to be published. We thus reviewed all Supreme Court cases since 2007 relating to arbitration for the book.
Indu mam always used to personally check whether we were occupied or not.
I assisted in drafting plaints, arbitration agreements and special leave petitions. I also had some enriching sessions of client conferencing.
The period when I interned was during the Supreme Court vacation and thus we had less workload. We went to the Supreme Court and the Delhi High Court regularly to observe court proceedings and follow arguments.
Bad work: Clerical work like finding and printing cases, making tables, etc. was abundant.
Logistics: The office is located at Lajpat Nagar. I stayed near Mayur Vihar and had to travel around 12 kms.
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