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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.




Tuesday, 20 December 2016

KLBC Activities Report for October and November 2016

5 October 2016
Pupils Introduction Session
As a monthly tradition organised by the Pupils Committee, the Pupils Introduction Session for October was held on 5 October 2016. The session, attended by 72 pupils, was led by Shashi Devan and 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.



18 October 2016
PDC Seminar on Family Mediation
Organised by the Professional Development Committee (PDC), this seminar was presented by Serene Ong Si Oui on 18 October 2016 at the KL Bar Auditorium from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 16 participants. The seminar covered the following topics: "What is Mediation?"; "Why Mediate?"; "What can Mediation do that Litigation and Arbitration cannot?"; "The Mediation process"; "The lawyer's role in Mediation" and "Will Mediation replace Litigation".


22 October 2016
Cheque Presentation to NASOM
On 22 October 2016, KLBC Chairman Ravin Singh and YLC Chairperson Alex Anton Netto presented the proceeds from the YLC Charity Gala held on 5 August 2016 amounting to RM37,000 to NASOM (National Autism Society of Malaysia). Representing NASOM in receiving the cheque were Razlin Murat (Chief Executive) and Anne Subashini Sivananthan (Assistant Honorary Secretary).


24 October 2016
Meeting with the Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur Land Office
The Corporate & Conveyancing Practice Committee was invited by the Bar Council Conveyancing Practice Committee to attend a meeting with the Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur Land Office on 24 October 2016. The main issue discussed at the meeting was the amendments to the Garis Panduan Pendaftaran Urusniaga Dan Bukan Urusniaga PPTGWPKL.

26 October 2016
YLC Seminar on The Fundamentals of Civil Procedure
Organised by the Young Lawyers Committee (YLC), this seminar was presented by Wan Zafran Pawancheek on 26 October 2016 at the KL Bar Auditorium from 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 55 participants. The seminar focused on basic civil procedure in the Malaysian Courts i.e: Court processes/sub-processes in practice and in relation to the Rules of Court 2012 and other aspects of civil procedure – case management, litigation/caseload management, document management (enclosures/cause lists/e-filing), conduct of proceedings (issues with applications, appeals, submissions, preparation of orders, service, practice direction compliance), exception handling (urgencies/delays, adjournments, witnesses, irregularities and non-compliances), interactions with courts/opponents/ clients, and other matters that may not be immediately obvious to unacquainted court practitioners.

5 November 2016
YLC Visit to the Paediatric Ward at HKL
The members of the Young Lawyers Committee embarked on a visit to the paediatric unit of the Kuala Lumpur General Hospital (HKL) on 5 November 2016. The focus was on the little ones currently battling cancer. YLC was glad to have around 12 of its members present, equipped with Happy Meals from McDonalds, balloons and stuff toys to bring some much needed cheer to the children in the ward.


8 November 2016
PDC Seminar on Acquisition and Disposal of Shares in Real Property Company of RM2 as the Paid up Capital
Organised by the Professional Development Committee (PDC), this seminar was presented by Lim Kien Chai on 8 November 2016 at the KL Bar Auditorium from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 85 participants. The seminar covered the following topics: "Revisit the business strategy of using RM2.00 paid-up company to buy and/or keep real property."; "What is Share sale in the context of a property investment company?"; "How does it differ from Asset sale by a property investment company?"; "How do you determine the price of the shares of Real Property Company?"; "How to differentiate chargeable gains accruing from the disposal of real property assets from the disposal of real property company shares?"; and "How to differentiate real property transactions resulting in capital or revenue gains?".


9 November 2016
YLC Seminar on the Fundamentals of Admiralty Law in Malaysia
Organised by the Young Lawyers Committee (YLC), this seminar was presented by Trishelea Ann Sandosam on 9 November 2016 at the KL Bar Auditorium from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm. The seminar was attended by 18 participants. The seminar covered the following topics: "Admiralty Jurisdiction"; "Ship Arrest as Security"; "Considerations before Arrest"; "Effect of Arrest"; "Security and Release"; "Maintenance of Ship during Arrest"; "Judicial sale of a Ship"; "Determination of Priorities"; and "Effect of Arbitration Clauses”.


10 November 2016
Pupils Introduction Session
As a monthly tradition organised by the Pupils Committee, the Pupils Introduction Session for November was held on 10 November 2016. The session, attended by 83 pupils, was led by Shashi Devan and 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.

12 November 2016
Kuala Lumpur-Malacca Bar Series 2016
This Series was held at Forum 19, Seksyen 19, Petaling Jaya on 12 November 2016 with Kuala Lumpur Bar playing host. Kuala Lumpur Bar beat Malacca Bar in two games and drew one game, winning at Men’s Futsal 13-1, Ladies Futsal 7-2 and drawing at Badminton 2-2 to become the overall champion. The prize-giving lunch was held at B&W cafĂ© in Forum 19 itself and was well attended by the participants from both Bars. Click here to view the photos.




15 November 2016
CCPC Workshop on Anti-Money Laundering in Malaysia
Organised by the Corporate & Conveyancing Practice Committee (CCPC), this workshop was presented by Tee Suat Hong, Krishna Dhallumah and Donny Kwa on 15 November 2016 at the KL Bar Auditorium from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm. The seminar was attended by 38 participants. The seminar covered the following topics: “Introduction to AMLA”; “What are money laundering offences”; “Cases under AMLA”; “Do Legal Firms have obligations to report”; “Resources available”; “What are suspicious transactions”; “What is cash threshold for reporting”; and “Conflict of duty under s.126 Evidence Act on professional communication”.



17 November 2016
Corporate Workshop for Pupils
The Pupils Committee organised a Corporate Workshop specifically for pupils on 17 November 2016 focusing primarily on the practical aspects of handling a brief covering the following areas, "Overview: Negotiation, Due Diligence and Drafting Process"; "Commercial Considerations"; "Practical Pointers including Common Mistakes when Drafting"; "Salient Clauses including Consideration, Conditions Precedent, Completion, Etc"; "Covenants and Warranties by both Vendors And Purchasers"; "Boiler Plate Clauses"; and "Remedies for Breach of Contract". 46 pupils attended the Workshop which was conducted by Addy Herg.

30 November 2016
PDC Seminar for Lawyers on Profit from Disposal of Real Property: Capital Gains, Business Gains or Income?
Organised by the Professional Development Committee (PDC), this seminar was presented by Lim Kien Chai on 30 November 2016 at the KL Bar Auditorium from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 63 participants. The primary objective of this seminar was to assist lawyers to guide their clients in determining whether a disposal of property is governed under RPGT Act 1976 or ITA 1967.