Harish Adwant, IV B.S.L. LL.B., ILS Law College, Pune.
Bharucha and Partners, Mumbai.
Duration of Internship:
June 10, 2015 – July 10, 2015.
Office Details (Litigation Office):
Cecil Court, 4th floor,
M. K. Bhushan Marg, Colaba,
Mumbai – 400 039.
Tel: +91 22 2289 9300.
Fax: +91 22 2282 3900.
5 days working, with Saturdays and Sundays off. The interns are expected to reach the office at 10:00 AM. The office timings are 10:00 A.M. to 07:00 P.M. People are Bharucha are very particular about the office timings.
The exit timings may vary, depending on the workload and the urgency of work completion.
The Bharucha and Partners website is extremely user friendly and provides for a detailed application form for internships.
A complete application form is to be sent along with an updated Curriculum Vitae.
Office and work description:
The Cecil Court is the litigation base of Bharucha and Partners, Mumbai. The office is spread across the 4th Floor of Cecil Court, which is located behind the Regal Cinema Talkies and right opposite the Mondegar Cafe. The office building is equidistant from the Bombay High Court, the Small Causes Court and the District and Sessions Court.
The office has an all-encompassing infrastructure with a reception desk, sitting area, conference rooms, separate chambers for the Partners, associates area, pantry, dining room, xerox rooms, accounts department, interns area. The office does not have a separate library; however, the office has a resourceful library corridor, where the books are shelved across lobbies which connect conference rooms and partners chambers.
The firm is managed by two Partners at the Cecil Court office: Mr. Vivek Vashi and Mr. M. P. Bharucha. Mr. M. P. Bharucha has been regarded as a highly influential authority on Arbitration and Dispute Resolution. The associate work force of Bharucha and Partners comprises of 25 Associates and 2 Senior Associates.
The nature of work varied in manifolds, right from exhibiting documents to drafting legal opinions. The work was allocated to the interns depending on the availability of intern and urgency of the work. The scope of work was multifarious which required extensive case law and statutory research on the Indian Succession Act, 1925, the Environment Protection Act, 1986, the Chemical Accidents Rules, 1996, the Limitation Act, 1963, the Companies Act, 2013, the Maharashtra Rent Control Act, 1999 and the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908.
I was also fortunate to attend arbitration proceedings at the cross-examination stage involving a development agreement. At the same time, I was also actively involved in the drafting of a due diligence report for the purpose of filing an oppression/mismanagement suit.
I also assisted in the notarization of applications and attended counsel conferences and court proceedings at the Bombay High Court, City Civil Court and the Small Causes Court involving the aforementioned issues.
The work environment is really relaxed and intern-friendly. The interactions are really informal as the Sir-Ma’am system is done away with between the interns and the associates.
There was delegation of responsibility to the interns without any hesitation. The associates were approachable and kind enough to clarify doubts, if any. Good work was often appreciated. Occasional lunches were also sponsored by the associates.
Any other insights:
The variety of work keeps the intern busy throughout the internship, provided there is enough work to do. One has to wait patiently for work when there was no work. Sometimes, clerical work assigned to the interns may became a botheration. Also, one has to have the urge to learn and keep oneself busy by asking for work. The associates appreciate the urge and allow interns to participate in the course of work.
On the other hand, an unlimited supply of tea, coffee, green tea, biscuits, etc. was one call away whenever one wanted at his desk. The overall experience was really informative and enriching as it allowed me to hone my abilities in an all-litigation law firm.
Accommodation and Chilling scenes:
I stayed at the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) Hostel at Colaba. They charge Rs. 400/day for a room shared with one person. The rates change as per the number of people occupying the room. The hostel has a self-managed mess which provides some lip-smacking food. The office is walking distance (almost 150 steps) away from the hostel. Other options could be: (a) St. Wilson College Hostel, Girgaon Chowpatty; (b) Seva Niketan Hostel, Byculla.
The chilling scenes are quite sorted as the office is located bang in the center of South Bombay offering some amazing food from places like Café Mondegar, Piccadilly, Carter’s Blue, McDonalds, Modern Juice Center, Leopold Café, so on and so forth.