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Monday, 15 May 2017

KLBC Activities Report for April 2017

5 April 2017
Pupils Introduction Session
A monthly tradition, the Pupils Introduction Session was held on 5 April 2017. The session, attended by 83 pupils, was led by Shashi Devan. The purpose of the session is to introduce pupils to the structure of the Malaysian Bar and the Kuala Lumpur Bar, the election to both the Bar Council and the Kuala Lumpur Bar Committee (KLBC) and the highlights of the Malaysian Bar. It included a session for pupils to raise issues and problems faced by them during their pupillage period. The other executive committee members of the KLBC were also present to provide input and possible solutions. As in previous sessions, the pupils were also shown a video montage of the History of the Malaysian Bar. 

13 April 2017
Visit by the Corporate Law Society of the Erasmus University of Rotterdam, the Netherlands
The Kuala Lumpur Bar Committee hosted a group of 17 students and a lecturer from the Corporate Law Society of the Erasmus University of Rotterdam, the Netherlands on 13 April 2017 at the Bar Council Meeting Room 1. Representing the Kuala Lumpur Bar Committee to meet the said delegation were Jacky Loi Yap Loong, Nik Elin Zurina bt Nik Abdul Rashid, Chen Yu Szen, Jeremiah Gurusamy and Gopala Krishnan Sundaram.


21 April 2017
Seminar on An Introduction to Industrial Court Procedures
Organised by the Professional Development Committee, this seminar was presented by Atan Mustaffa Yussof Ahmad on 21 April 2017 at the KL Bar Auditorium from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 78 participants. The seminar covered the following topics: "Industrial Relations Act 1967"; "Industrial Court Rules 1967"; "Industrial Relations Regulations 1967"; "The Industrial Court"; "Industrial Court Proceedings"; "Preparing and Presenting"; "Costs and Awards"; "The nature of awards"; "The limits imposed by sec. 30(6) IRA"; "Effect of an award"; "Avenues to challenge an award of the Industrial Court"; "Judicial review"; "Application under sec. 33A"; "Stay of award"; and "Non-compliance of an award & Penalty".


22 April 2017
The KL Bar Silatul Rahim Tea Party
Organised by the Recreation, Social and Culture Committee, the first event for teetotallers, the KL Bar Silatul Rahim Tea Party, took place on 22 April 2017 with a talk by Azhar Harun a.k.a Art Harun. 20 people attended the event which was held at Dua by SKOHNS. Click here to view the photos




22 to 23 April 2017 
YLC Retreat
Organised by the Young Lawyers Committee, the retreat, a  team-building and mission-setting activity where the new members were to ideate and decide on the plan for the year, was held at Seri Pegantin Resort at Janda Baik, Pahang on 22 and 23 April 2017.  It was attended by 28 participants.  Click here to view the photos.

26 April 2017
(Repeat) Seminar on Updates to the Companies Act
Organised by the Professional Development Committee, this seminar was presented by Wong Tat Chung on 26 April 2017 at the KL Bar Auditorium from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 118 participants. The seminar covered the Companies Act 2016: The after effects and the relevant subsidiary legislation.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

KLBC Activities Report for March 2017

1 & 2 March 2017
Two-Day Practical Workshop on Conveyancing Practice
Organised by the Corporate & Conveyancing Practice Committee, this workshop was presented by R Yogeswari, Dennis Teoh, Nahzatul Ain bt Mohd Khalid, Sarah binti Kambali, Daphne Lew Chah Yee, Ow Hui Ching and Donny Kwa on 1 & 2 March 2017 at the KL Bar Auditorium from 9:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The workshop was attended by 50 participants. The seminar covered, amongst others, “Crafting the final SPA”; “Conditions, Precedents and Subsequent”; “Chaos, Claims and Billing”; “Conflict of Interest”; “Conveyancing Process A-Z”; “Private Caveats”; “Co-operation from the Support Staff”; “Client Management”; “Client’s Interest”; “Options to Purchase”; “Completion Delays”; “AMLATFPUA (Act 613)”; :Land Acquisition”; and “RPGT (Act 169).

3 March 2017
Seminar on the Updates to the Companies Act 2016
Organised by the Professional Development Committee, this seminar was presented by Wong Tat Chung on 3 March 2017 at the KL Bar Auditorium from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 141 participants. The seminar covered the Companies Act 2016: The after effects and the relevant subsidiary legislation.


7 March 2017
Seminar on Profits from Disposal of Real Property: Capital Gains or Business Income?
Organised by the Professional Development Committee, this seminar was presented by Lim Kien Chai on 7 March 2017 at the KL Bar Auditorium from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 30 participants. The primary objective of the seminar was to assist in determining whether a disposal of property is governed under RPGT Act 1976 or ITA 1967.


9 March 2017
ITC Legal Tech Workshop Series on Securing Your Digital Assets
Organised by the Information Technology Committee, this workshop was presented by Yeo Yee Ling and Jesslyn Lim Wei-Lyn on 9 March 2017 at the KL Bar Auditorium from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The workshop was attended by 16 participants. The workshop covered, amongst others, “Cybersecurity”; and “Domain names”.


10 March 2017
Seminar on An Introduction to Legal Advocacy
Organised by the Professional Development Committee, this seminar was presented by Fahri Azzat on 10 March 2017 at the KL Bar Auditorium from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 78 participants.



14 March 2017
Seminar on An Introduction to Immigration Law
Organised by the Professional Development Committee, this seminar was presented by CR Selva on 14 March 2017 at the KL Bar Auditorium from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 24 participants. The seminar covered, amongst others, "Migration and Immigration"; "Rights Of Citizens Vs Right Treatment Of Migrants"; "The Laws; Immigration Act 1959/63, Passport Act 1966, Immigration Regulation 1963"; "Policy : Human Resource & Immigration"; and "Enforcement and Challenges".


21 March 2017
(Repeat) Seminar on the Updates to the Companies Act 2016
Organised by the Professional Development Committee, this seminar was presented Wong Tat Chung on 21 March 2017 at the KL Bar Auditorium from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 139 participants. The seminar covered the Companies Act 2016: The after effects and the relevant subsidiary legislation.


22 March 2017
Seminar on GST for Real Property Transactions
Organised by the Professional Development Committee, this seminar was presented by Thenesh Kanna on 22 March 2017 at the KL Bar Auditorium from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 70 participants. The seminar covered, amongst others, "Overview of the GST"; "GST on property transactions – exemptions, registration and the ‘business test’ for individuals and companies";  "Incorporating GST clauses on sale and purchase agreements (S&P)"; "Practical tips on GST-related clauses in rental agreements"; and "Transitional provisions for real properties (S&P before 1st April 2015)".

28 March 2017
Seminar on Appellate Advocacy
Organised by the Professional Development Committee, this seminar was presented by Ira Biswas on 27 March 2017 at the KL Bar Auditorium from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 59 participants.


31 March 2017
Seminar on Competition Law in Action
Organised by the Professional Development Committee, this seminar was presented by Sudharsanan Thillainathan, Winnie Chan Yin Nie and Mohd Imran Adnan on 31 March 2017 at the KL Bar Auditorium from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 39 participants. The seminar focused on the theme of competition law enforcement and examined key topics in the field of competition law from a national and regional perspective.



Monday, 20 March 2017

KLBC Activities Report for February 2017

11 February 2017
Seminar on Understanding Forensic Reports
Organised by the Criminal Practice Committee, this seminar was presented by Amidon Anan on 11 February 2017 at the KL Bar Auditorium from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 32 participants. The seminar covered, “What is Forensic Report”; “Content of what is Forensic Report”; “Key points on the Forensic Report”; and “How understanding the Forensic Report may help your client”.


15 February 2017
Seminar on the Fundamentals of the Law of Crime
Organised by the Young Lawyers Committee, this seminar was presented by G. Manimegalai and Farhan Read on 15 February 2017 at the KL Bar Auditorium from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm. The seminar was attended by 22 participants. The seminar covered, "Overview on Arrest and Remand proceedings"; "Practical Approach in handling criminal matters"; "A DPPs viewpoint on criminal prosecutions"; "An overview of Child (Amendment) Act 2016 – General Process for handling a Child in ‘Conflict with the law’"; and "What are my rights to a fair court procedure? Am I under arrest? Can I get a bail? Do I plead guilty or proceed with trial? Power of Court? Appeal / Revision?".
























16 February 2017
Reference Proceedings
A Reference Proceedings was held for 13 departed members of the Kuala Lumpur Bar on 16 February 2017 at 9:00 am. Presided by Y.A. Datuk Hanipah Binti Farikullah, the Reference Proceedings was in respect and memory of Mohd Daud bin Mohd Nor, Sothinathan Kanagasingam, Chin Choon @ Chin Tee Fut, Mohamed Razif bin Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Yeop, Wong Sai Fong, Moghan a/l Muthiah, Hew Kuen Yee, Venu Nair, Datuk Fatimah Binti Hj Sulaiman, Hor Sweet Mui, Chandra Kumaran, Dato’ Haji Mohamed Ismail Bin Mohamed Shariff and Zulkafli Bin Abd Hamid. Click here to view the photos.


17 February 2017
Pupils Introduction Session
As a monthly tradition organised by the Pupils Committee, the Pupils Introduction Session for February was held on 17 February 2017. The session, attended by 102 pupils, was led by Shashi Devan. The purpose of the session is to introduce pupils to the structure of the Malaysian Bar and the Kuala Lumpur Bar, the election to both the Bar Council and the Kuala Lumpur Bar Committee (KLBC) and the highlights of the Malaysian Bar. It included a session for pupils to raise issues and problems faced by them during their pupillage period and other members of the KLBC were also present to provide input and possible solutions. Like previous sessions, the pupils were also shown a video montage of the History of the Malaysian Bar.


17 February 2017
Appreciation Dinner
An Appreciation Dinner was held on 17 February 2017 at SalsaBar, Bangsar for all members and non-members of the Bar who have sacrificed their time for the Kuala Lumpur Bar. These members have contributed by giving lectures, moderating seminars/workshops, representing the KLBC at hearings of Admissions to the Bar, sitting in subcommittees and rendering any other form of assistance to the KLBC.

21 February 2017
Seminar on Court Decorum and Etiquette
Organised by the Professional Development Committee, this seminar was presented by H.R. Dipendra on 21 February 2017 at the KL Bar Auditorium from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 21 participants.


22 February 2017
Seminar for Lawyers on Understanding Clients’ Annual Reports and Its Financial Statement
Organised by the Professional Development Committee, this seminar was presented by Lim Kien Chai on 22 February 2017 at the KL Bar Auditorium from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 41 participants.  The seminar covered, amongst others, "Introductory on its importance"; "Accounting jargons made understandable for lawyers"; "What are the components of Annual Report?"; "What are these: ledger accounts, journal entries, double-entries, T-accounts?"; "Why this term “Trial Balance”?"; "Why this term “Balance Sheet”?"; "What are the salient features of a Balance Sheet?"; "What are and the types of Assets?"; "What are and the types of Liabilities?"; and " Are Balance Sheet’s liabilities an indication of “not good” financial position and/or poor financial management”.


23 February 2017
25th Annual General Meeting of the Kuala Lumpur Bar
The 25th Annual General Meeting (“AGM”) of the Kuala Lumpur Bar scheduled for 2:00 pm kicked off with a Briefing at the AGM on the Expansion of the E-Court System (Phase 2) throughout Peninsular Malaysia conducted by Desmond Ho Chee Cheong, Co-Chairperson of the Bar Council Court Liaison Committee. The office-bearers of the KLBC for 2017/18 elected at the AGM were: Chairman - Goh Siu Lin; Committee members - Alvin Oh Seong Yew, Vivekananda Sukumaran, Shashi Devan Thalmalingam, Foong Cheng Leong, Nik Elin Zurina bt Nik Abdul Rashid, Muhendaran Suppiah, Jacky Loi Yap Loong, New Sin Yew, Atan Mustaffa Yussof Ahmad and Chen Yu Szen.. Khaizan Sharizad Ab Razak was elected as the KL Bar’s Representative to the Bar Council.


24 February 2017
Seminar on the Fundamentals of Civil Litigation
Organised by the Professional Development Committee, this seminar was presented by Colin Andrew Pereira and Sanjeev Kumar Rasiah on 24 February 2017 at the KL Bar Auditorium from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 75 participants.  The seminar covered, amongst others, "Securing Proper Instructions (Warrant to Act)"; "File and Client Management"; "Jurisdiction of Courts  ( Territorial and Monetary)"; "Pleadings and Ancillary Matters"; "Common Interlocutory Applications"; "Preparing for Trial and Case Management Directions"; and "Introduction to Conducting a Trial".
























28 February 2017
Seminar on the Fundamentals of Bankruptcy and Revamping the Bankruptcy Act 1967
Organised by the Professional Development Committee, this seminar was presented by Trevor Jason Mark Padasian on 28 February 2017 at the KL Bar Auditorium from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 113 participants.  The seminar covered, amongst others, "Understanding the fundamentals of bankruptcy law and procedure in Malaysia"; and "Overview of the Bankruptcy (Amendment) Bill 2016".

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

KLBC Activities Report for January 2017

7 January 2017
3rd KL Bar Pool Tournament 2017
This tournament was held on 7 January 2017 at 5ive Star Pool & Billiard SS15, Ground Floor, Subang Square Corporate Tower, Jalan SS15/4G. It was doubles competition with a handicap system to promote participation amongst new players. In total 10 pairs registered to play with the final, played on 19 January 2017.

There was only 1 mixed doubles pair and 1 ladies doubles pair. They created a surprise when they both qualified for the semi-finals, beating out some more fancied pairs.

The semi-finals were opposite affairs, one being a lopsided 8-0 win and the other going down to the wire with the ladies doubles pair losing 6-9 after leading 6-5 and needing only one more frame to win. The final was a cagey one though sprinkled with some excellent safety shots and kick shots. Eventually, Michael Tan Ching Hooi and Eugene Teo ran out deserving winners by a score of 9-6!

Semi Finalists
1. Syed Ismit Putra bin Syed Mohd Fuad and Effa Ruzanna binti Anuar (Rank D)
2. Elaine Tan and Natasha Louis (Rank C)

Runners-Up
Sean Yeow Huang-Meng and Peter-Douglas Ling (Rank A)

Champions
Michael Tan Ching Hooi and Eugene Teo (Rank B)



13 January 2017
Pupils' Night Out
The Pupils' Night Out, held on 13 January 2017 at BAR SHACK, Bangsar Baru, was a success with a crowd of over 50 people, comprising pupils and members of the Bar, coming early and staying past midnight. The objective of the event was to allow the young members of the legal fraternity to come together, forge good relationships, and meet and greet practising lawyers who were more than willing to share their experiences. It was the second edition of the event for the term of the Pupils Committee 2016/17.



15 January 2017
KL Bar Run 2017
The third KL Bar Run (“Run”) was held on 15 January 2017 at the Lake Gardens. A record breaking total of 93 teams with 372 runners comprising of members of the Bar, pupils-in-chambers and law graduates participated in this event.

The Run was flagged off at 7:00 am by the Chairman of the Kuala Lumpur Bar, Ravin Singh. Team Speedy Gonzalez emerged as champions with the first runners-up and second runners-up going to Team MO4 and Team Front Runners (Shearn Delamore & Co) respectively.

The Fanciest Dressed Award was won by Team DOH! (Chooi & Co) who came dressed as characters from The Simpsons with second place going to Team ADJ and third place going to Team Agony of Defeet.

Prizes were also given to the fourth and fifth fastest teams as well as the top three individual fastest male and female runners. Team We Thought It Was KL Bar Rum emerged winners for the inaugural Best Name Category.




17 January 2017
Seminar on Take Over Rules 2016
Organised by the Professional Development Committee, this seminar was presented by Wong Tat Chung on 17 January 2017 at the KL Bar Auditorium from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm. The seminar was attended by 84 participants. The seminar covered the important changes to Malaysian Regulation of Take-Overs and Mergers.



19 January 2017
Pupils Introduction Session
As a monthly tradition organised by the Pupils Committee, the Pupils Introduction Session for January was held on 19 January 2017. The session, attended by 94 pupils, was led by Shashi Devan. The purpose of the session is to introduce pupils to the structure of the Malaysian Bar and the Kuala Lumpur Bar, the election to both the Bar Council and the Kuala Lumpur Bar Committee (KLBC) and the highlights of the Malaysian Bar. It included a session for pupils to raise issues and problems faced by them during their pupillage period and other members of the KLBC were also present to provide input and possible solutions. Like previous sessions, the pupils were also shown a video montage of the History of the Malaysian Bar.




20 January 2017
Seminar on The Reciprocal Enforcement of Foreign Judgment
Organised by the Professional Development Committee, this seminar was presented by Lua Ai Siew on 20 January 2017 at the KL Bar Auditorium from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 47 participants. The seminar covered the following topics: "Reciprocal Enforcement of Judgment Act 1958 (REJA)"; "Registration of judgment - ROC Order 67"; "Application to set aside registration of judgment"; "Grounds for setting aside registration of Judgment.  Is registration of gambling debt against public policy? See Marina Bay Sands Pte Ltd v Ng Kong Seong [2016] MLJU 767 and Resorts World at Sentosa Pte Ltd v Lim Soo Kok - [2016] MLJU 700"; "Effect of registration"; "Enforcement of Judgment from High Court in Malaysia"; "Foreign Judgment outside the ambit of REJA"; and "Foreign Arbitral awards - Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (New York Convention), section 38 of the Arbitration Act 2005 and ROC Order 69. Sintrans Asia Services Pte Ltd v Inai Kiara Sdn Bhd [2016] 2 MLJ 660 (CA)".

  
21 January 2017
Seminar on Case Management and Trial of Intellectual Property Cases
Organised by the Professional Development Committee, this seminar was presented by YA Datuk Wong Kian Kheong on 21 January 2017 at the KL Bar Auditorium from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 60 participants.  


21 January 2017
16th Kuala Lumpur-Selangor Bar Games 2017
The 16th Kuala Lumpur-Selangor Bar Games was held on 21 January 2017 at Persada PLUS Sports Complex with the Selangor Bar playing hosts. Kuala Lumpur Bar emerged triumphant in an unprecedented clean sweep over Selangor Bar. Kuala Lumpur Bar ended with an overall score of 7-0, winning at golf, netball, volleyball, badminton, ladies futsal, men’s futsal and football to lift the Lall Singh Muker Challenge Trophy. The Prize Giving Dinner was held at the Cafeteria, Persada Plus Sports Complex and was well attended by the participants from the Kuala Lumpur Bar.




25 January 2017
Seminar on Tax Savings for Partners
Organised by the Professional Development Committee, this seminar was presented by Lim Ken Chai on 25 January 2017 at the KL Bar Auditorium from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 38 participants.   



Friday, 27 January 2017

KLBC Activities Report for December 2016

2 December 2016
Seminar on Legal Due Diligence: The Necessary Evil of Merger and Acquisition
Organised by the Young Lawyers Committee (YLC), this seminar was presented by Addy Herg on 2 December 2016 at the KL Bar Auditorium from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm. The seminar was attended by 58 participants. The seminar covered the following topics: "Introduction"; "Purpose of Legal Due Diligence"; "Understanding the objectives"; "The various aspects of legal due diligence investigations"; "Connecting the dots"; "Legal analysis and legal opinion"; "The applicable law and legal documents"; "Risk management and documentation"; "Accomplishing the objective"; and "Updates and improvement".


6 December 2016
Seminar for Partners and Sole Proprietors on Your Firm’s Financials
Organised by the Professional Development Committee (PDC), this seminar was presented by Lim Kien Chai on 6 December 2016 at the KL Bar Auditorium from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 26 participants. The aim of the seminar was to walk participants through the financial statements of a typical law firm.


7 December 2016
Pupils Introduction Session
As a monthly tradition organised by the Pupils Committee, the Pupils Introduction Session for December was held on 7 December 2016. The session, attended by 82 pupils, was led by Dinesh Muthal. The purpose of the session is to introduce pupils to the structure of the Malaysian Bar and the Kuala Lumpur Bar, the election to both the Bar Council and the Kuala Lumpur Bar Committee (KLBC) and the highlights of the Malaysian Bar. It included a session for pupils to raise issues and problems faced by them during their pupillage period and other members of the KLBC were also present to provide input and possible solutions. Like previous sessions, the pupils were also shown a video montage of the History of the Malaysian Bar.

8 December 2016
Seminar on The Ombudsman for Financial Services
Organised by the Professional Development Committee (PDC), this seminar was presented by Jeremy Lee on 8 December 2016 at the KL Bar Auditorium from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm. The seminar was attended by 22 participants.


10 December 2016
KL Bar Grand Prix 2016
The KL Bar Grand Prix 2016 was held on 10 December 2016 at the Shah Alam Stadium Circuit, Level 1, Quadrant C, Shah Alam Stadium, Section 13, 40000 Shah Alam. A total of seven teams, including an invited Audi A5 Group team, participated in this event.

The top three winners of the Endurance Race were:
1. Barace Pertama;
2. The Racing Lawyer; and
3. Permata Yang Hilang.

The Grand Prix continued with the Sprint Race where each team was required to designate a driver to participate in an eight lap race. The winners for the Sprint Race were:

1. Shahir bin Ab Razak;
2. Mohd Munzeer bin ZainulAbidin; and
3. Mohd Norfazli bin Mohd Zakaria.



15 December 2016
Conveyancing Workshop for Pupils
Organised specifically for pupils by the Pupils Committee, this workshop held on 15 December 2016 at the KL Bar Auditorium from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm was presented by Jacky Loi Yap Loong. It focused primarily on the practical aspects of handling a conveyancing brief covering the following areas: "Overview of the Conveyancing Process"; "Essential clauses found in a Sale & Purchase Agreement"; "How to fill up the relevant NLC Forms"; and "Practical Pointers for the conveyancing lawyer".  The workshop was attended by 37 pupils.


18 December 2016
The Rumah Wake 1 Christmas Cheer
Organised by the Young Lawyers Committee (YLC), the visit to Rumah Wake 1, a shelter for children who are neglected and abused, was held on 18 December 2016. In the true spirit of Christmas, the young lawyers went with presents for all the 13 children in the home. Members of the Bar helped by donating basic necessities that were needed for the shelter.