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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

KLBC Activities Report for October 2017


3 October 2017
Seminar on Drafting Commercial Contracts
Organised by the Professional Development Committee, this seminar was presented by Jeremiah R. Gurusamy at the KL Bar Auditorium from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 114 participants and covered, amongst others, "Dealing with Compliance & Regulatory issues"; "Scoping the Transaction"; "Drafting Techniques"; "Understanding Key Provisions"; "Boiler Plate Clauses"; and "Common Mistakes & Pitfalls”. 



4 October 2017
Pupils Introduction Session

A monthly tradition, the October’s Pupils Introduction Session was held on 4 October 2017. The session, attended by 72 pupils, was led by Alvin Oh. 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 executive committee members of the KLBC were present to provide input and possible solutions to those issues and problems raised by the pupils. For the Diversity Awareness Session, the invited guest speaker, Ms Anne Abraham of LeadWomen, spoke on “Unconscious Bias”. As in previous sessions, the pupils were also shown a video montage of the History of the Malaysian Bar.



6 and 7 October 2017
Tripartite Bar Games

The Tripartite Bar Games between the Malaysian Bar, Advocates’ Association of Sarawak and Sabah Law Society this year was hosted by the Malaysian Bar and held in Kuala Lumpur on 6 and 7 October 2017.

The Kuala Lumpur Bar was given the privilege of hosting the Games in conjunction with our 25th Anniversary Celebrations this year and selected University Malaya as the venue for most of the sports played.

This year’s Games involved the following competitive sports — golf, ladies’ futsal, cross country, badminton, basketball, football and bowling. The three Bars also took part in three non-competitive sports — pool, darts and boat race.

The Malaysian Bar was declared the overall champion and retained the Tripartite Bar Games Overall Champion Trophy winning at all the competitive sports except football which it drew with the Sabah Law Society.

6 October 2017
Seminar on Role of Lawyers as Effective Gatekeepers in Preserving the Integrity of the Financial System: Prevention of Money Laundering & Terrorism Financing

Organised by the Professional Development Committee, this seminar was presented by Afiz Fazriz Aziz and Tee Suat Hong from Bank Negara Malaysia at the KL Bar Auditorium from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 33 participants and covered, amongst others, "AML/CFT Requirements: International Standards and Malaysia’s AML/CFT Regime"; "ML/TF Vulnerabilities of Lawyers"; "Recent AML/CFT Development"; "AML/CFT Requirements on Lawyers;" and "Sharing on AML/CFT On-site Examination Observations".



10 October 2017
Seminar on An Introduction to Construction Law

Organised by the Professional Development Committee, this seminar was presented by Choon Hon Leng at the KL Bar Auditorium from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 68 participants and covered, amongst others, "The Players"; "The Structure"; "The Jargons and the Law"; "Preparing a Construction Contract"; "Resolving Construction Disputes"; and "The Construction Industry Payment and Adjudication Act 2012".

13 October 2017
Seminar on An Introduction to Intellectual Property

Organised by the Professional Development Committee, this seminar was presented by Cindy Goh Joo Seong at the KL Bar Auditorium from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 55 participants and covered, amongst others, "Basic Principles of Trade Mark, Copyright, Patent and Industrial Design Law"; "International Treaties"; "Registration of Trade Mark, Copyright, Patent and Industrial Design"; "Infringement Proceedings"; "Common Remedies Available"; "Common Defences"; and "Rectification or Invalidation Proceedings".



20 October 2017
Tales from the Bar: A Civil Practice and Court Liaison Social

Organised by the Civil Practice and Court Liaison Committee, the event was held on 20 October 2017 at the Bee, Publika. The event was a success with a turnout of about 250 participants. The guest speakers for the night, sharing their tales from the Bar, were PS Ranjan, Anand Ponnudurai, Atan Mustaffa, Fahri Azzat, Syahredzan Johan, HR Dipendra, Sangeet Kaur, Robyn Choi, Goh Siu Lin, Richard Wee, Dato’ David Gurupatham and Nik Elin. Games were also organised involving Aaron Mathews, Azmi Sharom, Choo Dee Wei, Shashi Devan, Alex Netto and Vivek. We also had 2 stand-up comedians from the Bar, Kelvesh and Sulaiman, performing during the intervals.



24 October 2017
Workshop on Banking Documentations for Housing Loans (Including Banking Litigation)

Organised by the Corporate and Conveyancing Practice Committee, the workshop was a success with 71 participants. The workshop also received excellent reviews from the participants. Topics and speakers were as follows:
  • SPA and Conventional Loans by Ong June Siang
  • Islamic and Government Loans by Nahzatul Ain
  • Risk Management by Chong Wai Kuan
  • Banking Litigation by R Yogeswari



26 October 2017
Seminar on Current Immigration Issues and the Law

Organised by the Professional Development Committee, this seminar was presented by CR Selva at the KL Bar Auditorium from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 21 participants and covered, amongst others, "Passport - Citizen’s right or Privilege?"; "Re-hiring - The Dilemma"; "E-card, is it a pass?"; "Spouse Visa-Challenges"; "Labour Supply - Legal vs Illegal"; and "Student Pass-EMGS".



28 October 2017
26th Sports Carnival - KL Bar vs RSC

The 26th Annual “Sports Carnival” between the Kuala Lumpur Bar (“KL Bar”) and Royal Selangor Club (“RSC”) for the YA Tan Sri Dato’ Harun Hashim Challenge Trophy was hosted by RSC. All games were played on 28 October 2017 except darts which was played on 25 October 2017. RSC beat KL Bar 4-3 winning at darts, cricket, soccer and hockey to become the Overall Champion. KL Bar won badminton, pool/snooker and “boat race”. The End-of-Games and Prize-Giving Dinner was well attended.



29 October 2017
KL Bar Inclusive Community Outreach Programme

The first KL Bar Inclusive Community Outreach Programme, organised by the Recreation, Social & Culture Committee and supported by the KLBar Legal Aid Centre, Suriana Welfare Society, Wibawa Women, Majlis Kebajikan Kanak-Kanak Malaysia and Drop & Wash, was held on 29 October 2017 at Taman Tasik Dato Keramat, Kuala Lumpur.

The event was a success with a turnout of about 200 members of the public. Free Legal Aid was provided at the event aimed at helping underprivileged youths in the area. Apart from the Free Legal Aid Clinic, there were also other activities held such as English Workshop, Counselling & Guidance, Child Abuse (Sexual abuse / bullying) Awareness, Connecting unemployed youths with training and employment opportunities with SMEs (An adoption registration for “Program Mentor-Mentee Bersama SME”), Self-Defence Workshop and Fun Archery.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

KLBC Activities Report for September 2017

6 September 2017
Pupils Introduction Session
A monthly tradition, the September’s Pupils Introduction Session was held on 6 September 2017. The session, attended by 74 pupils, was led by Alvin Oh. 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 executive committee members of the KLBC were present to provide input and possible solutions to those issues and problems raised by the pupils. For the Diversity Awareness Session, the Kuala Lumpur Bar Committee Chairman, Goh Siu Lin, spoke on “Unconscious Bias”. As in previous sessions, the pupils were also shown a video montage of the History of the Malaysian Bar.












9 September 2017
Silver Jubilee Gala Dinner
The Kuala Lumpur Bar Silver Jubilee Gala Dinner, was held on 9 September 2017 at the Grand Summit Ballroom @ the Vertical, Connexion Conference and Event Centre, Bangsar South City, Kuala Lumpur, themed “Nostalgia”. It was a special night. We celebrated a glorious milestone – 25 years of the Kuala Lumpur Bar!  The night kicked off with a dance performance by the Jemari Dancers and to infuse sparkle and nostalgia into our festivities, we had renowned Malaysian singing sensation Nora Ariffin who entertained the crowd with her dulcet vocals. We were also proud to have our homegrown talents from the Bar performing many nostalgia songs throughout the night. Not forgetting the sacrifices and contribution of our past Chairmen that have made the Kuala Lumpur Bar what it is today, we honoured each and every one of them on this very special occasion and celebrated with a cake-cutting ceremony. It was indeed a special night!


14 September 2017
Seminar on Shareholders Remedies: Winding Up, Minority Oppression and Derivative Action
Organised by the Professional Development Committee, this seminar was presented by Lee Shih and Nathalie Ker at the KL Bar Auditorium from 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 101 participants and covered, amongst others, "The Corporate Litigator’s Toolkit"; "Foss v Harbottle: The two-headed dragon"; "The WMDs: Winding-up, Minority Oppression and Derivative Action"; "The Companies Act 2016: Impact on Shareholder Remedies"; "Holding the Fort: Interim Remedies"; and "Case studies: 50/50 Split, The Family Feud, 24 and the Tale of Lazarus".


26 September 2017
Seminar for Lawyers on “How to read & Understand your own Firm’s Financial Statements”
Organised by the Professional Development Committee, this seminar was presented by Lim Kien Chai at the KL Bar Auditorium from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 18 participants. The aim of the seminar was to walk participants through the financial statements of a typical law firm.


27 September 2017
Seminar on Recent Tax Cases - Insights to Court Room Drama
Organised by the Professional Development Committee, this seminar was presented by S. Saravana Kumar at the KL Bar Auditorium from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 37 participants and covered, amongst others, the following GST and Income Tax cases.
  • DA (M) Sdn Bhd v Director General of Customs
  • TYC v Director General of Customs
  • HRSB v Director General of Customs
  • PK v Director General of Customs
  • BPCL v Director General of Customs
  • QV v Director General of Customs
  • GEOWSSB v Director General of Customs
  • HTE v Director General of Customs
  • MBS (BP) Sdn Bhd v Director General of Customs
  • Luxor Network Sdn Bhd v Ketua Pengarah Hasil Dalam Negeri
  • Chantika Kelang Sdn Bhd v Ketua Pengarah Hasil Dalam Negeri
  • Infra Quest Sdn Bhd v Ketua Pengarah Hasil Dalam Negeri
  • Insaf Tegas Sdn Bhd v Ketua Pengarah Hasil Dalam Negeri
  • Cititower Sdn Bhd v Pemungut Duti Setem
  • Kerajaan Malaysia v MI & Others
  • Kerajaan Malaysia v BTS Sdn Bhd
  • Society of La Salle Brothers v Ketua Pengarah Hasil Dalam Negeri
  • Flextronics Sdn Bhd v Ketua Pengarah Hasil Dalam Negeri
  • Ketua Pengarah Hasil Dalam Negeri v Alcatel Sdn Bhd
  • BND Sdn Bhd v Ketua Pengarah Hasil Dalam Negeri
  • SH Sdn Bhd v Ketua Pengarah Hasil Dalam Negeri
  • P K Bhd v Menteri Kewangan Malaysia
  • Ketua Pengarah Hasil Dalam Negeri v Thomson Reuters Global Resources
  • H v Australian Taxation Office

Thursday, 28 September 2017

KLBC Activities Report for August 2017



1 August 2017

Seminar on An Introduction to Industrial Court Procedures
Organised by the Professional Development Committee, this seminar was presented by Atan Mustaffa Yussof Ahmad at the KL Bar Auditorium from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm. The seminar was attended by 54 participants and covered, amongst others, "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".



2 August 2017
Pupils Introduction Session
A monthly tradition, the August’s Pupils Introduction Session was held on 2 August 2017. The session, attended by 76 pupils, was led by Alvin Oh. 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 shown a video montage of the History of the Malaysian Bar. It further included a session on harassment and/or sexual harassment that was introduced in the July’s Pupils Introduction Session and it was conducted by Betty Yeoh, a founder member of AWAM.






5 August 2017
Lawyered but not Financially Battered - A Financial Planning Workshop

Organised by the Young Lawyers Committee, this workshop was presented by Aaron Tang Shen Lee (Mr Stingy’s Blog), Julian Ng (former presenter/ producer @ BFM) and Alex Anton Netto at the KL Bar Auditorium from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. The workshop was attended by 68 participants.




7 August 2017
A Follow up meeting on the e-tanah
A follow-up meeting was requested by the Bar Council Conveyancing Practice Committee to further discuss issues relating to the e-tanah. CCPC was well represented with the Chairperson, KLBC Representative to BC Khaizan Sharizad Ab Razak and 4 other CCPC members namely Dennis Teoh, Edham Reza Shah, Mohd Arif Asyraf b. Sukiman and Sarguna Kumaari Munusamy.

8-9 August 2017
Two-Day Practical Workshop on Conveyancing Practice
Organised by the Corporate and Conveyancing Practice Committee, this workshop was presented by R Yogeswari, Dennis Teoh, Susan Joseph, Nahzatul Ain, Sarah Kambali, Chong Wai Kuan, Daphne Lew Chan Yee and Ow Hui Ching at the KL Bar Auditorium from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The workshop was attended by 58 participants and 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”; “Land Acquisition”; and “RPGT (Act 169). It also included an Update on E-Tanah by Nor Azura binti Abdul Rahman, Head, Assistant Director (Registration) of the Wilayah Land Office.




11 August 2017
Seminar on Medical Law
Organised by the Professional Development Committee, this seminar was presented by Karthi Kanthabalan at the KL Bar Auditorium from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 61 participants and covered, amongst others, "Medical Litigation"; "Limitation Periods, Procedural Issues, Jurisdiction of the Various Courts, Causes of Action, and Relief"; "Taking Instructions, Access to Medical Records, Identifying and Preparing Instructions to Experts, Medical Examinations, Experts' Reports, Experts' Fees, and Preparation of Cause Papers"; "Using Medical Literature and Aids to the Giving of Expert Evidence, Presentation of Lay and Expert Evidence, and Preparing Arguments"; "Excessive claims, seeking publicity and their consequences such as negligence claims and complaints against lawyers"; "Legal Questions affecting Medical Negligence, including regarding the Standard of Care, Causation of Damage, Assessment of Damages, and Costs"; and "Other Types of Litigation with a Medical Content, including Disciplinary Proceedings, Judicial Review, Criminal Cases, and Employment Disputes". 




14 August 2017
Blood Donation Campaign
Organised by the Recreation, Social & Culture Committee with the assistance of the National Blood Bank, a Blood Donation Drive was held on 14 August 2017 at Level 2 of the Kuala Lumpur Court Complex at Jalan Duta. Members of the Bar, Court staff and members of the public nobly came forward to participate in this Blood Donation Drive.
A total of 51 donors registered. Unfortunately, only 46 were eligible to donate. The five were rejected because they were either underweight, having high blood pressure or low blood pressure or had lived in the United Kingdom from 1980 till 1996 or in Europe between 1980 until the present. A total of 46 units of blood were collected from the caring donors.



14 August 2017
Seminar on Robes, Bibs & Heels – Trapeze or Trampoline
Organised by the Gender Equality and Diversity Committee, this seminar was presented by Anit Kaur Randhawa, Constance Low and Daniel Bong Cheng Hua at the KL Bar Auditorium from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The speakers spoke on the challenges of balancing legal practice and family life. The seminar was attended by 11 participants.




15 August 2017
Seminar on the Law of Joint Ventures
Organised by the Professional Development Committee this seminar was presented by Lim Kien Chai at the KL Bar Auditorium from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 49 participants. The main objective of the seminar was to share with the participants, in a practical manner, the variety of different legal arrangements within which entrepreneurs describe or hold them out as being in a “joint venture”.



18 August 2017
Seminar on Unenforceable/Enforcement – Contract for Professional Fees Organised by the Professional Development Committee, this seminar was presented by N. Murugayah at the KL Bar Auditorium from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 14 participants and covered, amongst others, "High Court calling up contract for Professional Fees entered for cancellation under the Legal Profession Act 1976 (LPA)"; "Taxation where ordered by Court against contract entered for professional fees"; "All contracts, the claim for Professional Fees via proceedings in Court"; and "Enforcement of Judgment on contract entered – section 118 of the LPA".



19 August 2017
Interstate Bar Games 2017
Hosted by the Kedah Bar Committee, the Interstate Bar Games was played on 19 August 2017. Kuala Lumpur Bar emerged overall champion and the results were as follows:
No
Sport
Kuala Lumpur Bar’s Placing
(1)
Golf
1st Place
(2)
Football
2nd Runners Up
(3)
Volleyball
1st Place
(4)
Ladies Futsal
1st Place
(5)
Netball 1
1st Place
(6)
Badminton
1st Runners Up
(7)
Darts
3rd & 4th Place





22 August 2017
Seminar on Understanding Trade Marks
Organised by the Professional Development Committee, this seminar was presented by Janet Toh Yoong San and Lee Chiao Ying at the KL Bar Auditorium from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 57 participants and covered, amongst others, "An Overview of the Law of Trade Marks in Malaysia"; "Non Traditional Trade Marks"; "Non-registrable Trade Marks"; "Requirements for Filing Trade Marks"; "Phenomenon between Trade Marks & the Internet"; and "Discussion on recent Trade Mark Cases".

















25 August 2017
Charity Night Audition
Organised by the Young Lawyers Committee, the Auditions were held at Drum Asia from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm for the Charity Night which will be held on 10 November 2017 at Makespace, Quill City Mall.

26 August 2017
Workshop on CV’s, Cover Letters & Job Interviews: Do’s & Don’t’s
Organised by the Young Lawyers Committee, this seminar was presented by Mohd Izral Khairy, Richard Wee Thiam Seng and Jamie Wong Siew Min at the KL Bar Auditorium from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 43 participants. Besides gaining insights on CVs, Cover Letters and Job Interviews from the speakers, the participants also got to ask the speakers questions and have their CV checked by them.




29 August 2017
Seminar on Real Property Gains Tax
Organised by the Professional Development Committee, this seminar was presented by Thenesh Kannaa at the KL Bar Auditorium from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 72 participants and covered, amongst others, "Practical tips in computation of disposal price and acquisition price"; "Common Issues in determination of disposal date and acquisition date"; "Transfer between relatives and inheritance"; "Cases where the acquirer may be assessed"; "RPGT on sale of shares"; "Does RPGT on sale/purchase of a foreign-incorporated company that owns land/building in Malaysia?"; and "Situations when the gain from disposal of real property is subject to income tax rather than RPGT".




30 August 2017
Lawyers and Pupils Merdeka Eve Social
Organised by the Young Lawyers Committee, the social were held at Modern Society at DC Mall, PBD from 8:30 pm. More than 60 members of the Bar and Pupils turned up.




KLBC Activities Report for July 2017

5 July 2017
Pupils Introduction Session
A monthly tradition, the July’s Pupils Introduction Session was held on 5 July 2017. The session, attended by 84 pupils, was led by Alvin Oh. 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. A session on harassment and/or sexual harassment awareness was introduced with the purpose of educating the pupils on such issues and providing them details on how to report harassment if they are faced with such behaviour. The session was conducted by Betty Yeoh, a founder member of AWAM.




6 July 2017
Corporate Workshop for Pupils
The KLBC Pupils Committee organised a Corporate Workshop specifically for pupils on 6 July 2017 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". 42 pupils attended the Workshop which was conducted by Addy Herg.



  
7 July 2017
Assertive Presentation Skills Workshop
Organised by the Professional Development Committee, this workshop was presented by K. Loghandran, World Award Winner in Public Speaking, at the KL Bar Auditorium from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. This one-day high activity workshop aimed at helping lawyers to practise techniques and acquire a new assertive behaviour in presentations. It also included a one-hour session in face-to-face adaptability and assertive negotiation practice with ‘Beat the Peddlers at their game’ in Petaling Street. 14 participants attended this workshop.



13 July 2017
Seminar on Gender and Sexuality for Lawyers
Organised by the Gender Equality and Diversity Committee, this seminar was presented by Thilaga Sulathireh and Aston Paiva at the KL Bar Auditorium from 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 8 participants and covered, amongst others, "What is sex, gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation"; "Key issues and trends"; "Cases - section 66, change of name, gender marker and other details in legal documents, SM case"; and "Good practices".




14 July 2017
(Repeat) Seminar on Updates to the Companies Act
Organised by the Professional Development Committee, this seminar was presented by Wong Tat Chung at the KL Bar Auditorium from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. The seminar was attended by 114 participants. The seminar covered the Companies Act 2016: The after effects and the relevant subsidiary legislation.




14 July 2017
Seminar on Registration of Foreign Marriages & Divorces of Malaysians; Is Registration a Requirement for Validity of a Malaysian Marriage and Dependency Claims
Organised by the Professional Development Committee, this seminar was presented by Balwant Singh Sidhu at the KL Bar Auditorium from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 49 participants. This Seminar covered all the relevant provisions of the Law Reform (Marriage & Divorce) Act 1976, that is the Application of the Act (Section 2); Domicile; Solemnisation of Marriages (Sections 22 to 24); Solemnisation of Marriages abroad (Section 26); and the whole of Part IV of the Act, which covers registration of marriages, and particularly Section 34 (Legal effect of Registration). It also discussed the Articles “Married or Not Married – That is the Question (2002) 3 MLJ cxxix” and “The Need to Amend Section 107 of the Law Reform (Marriage & Divorce) Act 1976 (2009) 4 MLJ (cxxiv)” and also generally cases on dependency claims which have touched on the marital status of the parties.




15 July 2017
Sexual Harassment Awareness Training Workshop
Organised by the Young Lawyers Committee, this workshop was presented by Yu Ren Chung and Daniella Zulkifili at the KL Bar Auditorium from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 29 participants and covered, amongst others, "Definition of sexual harassment"; "Types of sexual harassment"; "Legal framework dealing with sexual harassment in the workplace"; "The different types of recourse and practical solutions available to victims of sexual harassment"; and "Barriers to reporting sexual harassment and ways to overcome them".





17 July 2017
Workshop on The Domestic Violence Act
Organised by the Professional Development Committee, this workshop was presented by Yu Ren Chung and Loheswary Arumugam at the KL Bar Auditorium from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm. The workshop was attended by 23 participants and covered, amongst others, "Introduction to WAO"; "Understanding domestic violence survivors’ perspectives"; "What is domestic violence?"; "Why does domestic violence happen?"; "Why do some survivors stay with their abuser?"; "Why do survivors retract police reports?"; "Techniques to interact with survivors"; "Trauma suffered by domestic violence survivors"; "Cognitive, behavioral, physical and emotional reactions"; "Trauma after 24 hours"; "Victim Centred Approach"; "LOOK, LISTEN & LINK"; "Interviewing techniques victims of domestic violence"; "Children interview techniques"; "The law (getting protection, justice, and remedies - the Domestic Violence Act 1994)"; "The Domestic Violence Act 1994"; "Mechanisms to get protection, justice, and remedies"; "Roles of lawyers, police, JKM, and other agencies";  "Government agency protocols on domestic violence (Garis Panduan)"; and "Role of NGOs".

18 July 2017
Seminar on The Acquisition & Disposal of Shares in Real Property Company
Organised by the Professional Development Committee, this seminar was presented by Lim Kien Chai at the KL Bar Auditorium from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The workshop was attended by 62 participants. The seminar covered, amongst others, "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?"; "What & how to determine Real Property Company (RPC)?"; "How do you determine the price of the shares of RPC?"; "Valuation of a RPC?"; "How to differentiate chargeable gains accruing from the disposal of real property assets from the disposal of real property shares of a RPC?"; "How to differentiate real property transactions resulting in chargeable gain or business gains?".




18 July 2017
Meeting with the Wilayah Land Office together with Bar Council re E-Tanah
The Corporate & Conveyancing Practice Committee (“CCPC”) initiated a helpdesk (via email) to vet the urgent cases on behalf of the Wilayah Land Office. Titles that required urgent conversion was compiled and forwarded to the Wilayah Land Office on a daily basis.
As a follow-up to the above exercise, a meeting with the Wilayah Land Office was held on 18 July 2017 which was attended by the CCPC as well as representatives from the Bar Council and Selangor Bar Committee. Issues and problems related to e-Tanah faced by lawyers were discussed at the said meeting. . Some key points highlighted by the Wilayah Land Office were:
-           The conversion exercise will be completed by 30 August 2017
-           Law Firms are urged to register as users to enable them to carry out future transactions online (i.e. searches, submission and conversion)



Thursday, 20 July 2017

KLBC Activities Report for June 2017

6 June 2017
Seminar for Lawyers on Managing Office & Clients’ Accounts
Organised by the Professional Development Committee, this seminar was presented by Lim Kien Chai at the KL Bar Auditorium from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 49 participants. The seminar covered, amongst others, "Accounting of Legal Firm"; “Effective Supervision of Accounting Staff and Staff dealing with monies"; "System of Internal Control, as Check and Balance"; "Pitfalls to Avoid"; "Revenue and Expenses and its Taxability”; and “Expenses & its “Allow-Ability”.



7 June 2017
Pupils Introduction Session
A monthly tradition, the June’s Pupils Introduction Session was held on 7 June 2017. The session, attended by 83 pupils, was led by Shashi Devan and Alvin Oh. 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 June 2017
Potluck Buka Puasa with the Homeless at SEED
Jointly organised by the Recreation, Social & Culture Committee and Pertubuhan Pembangunan Kebajikan dan Persekitaran Positif Malaysia (SEED), this potluck breaking of fast event with the homeless, people living and affected with HIV and transgender was held on 13 Jun 2017 at SEED office in Jalan Tiong Nam, Kuala Lumpur.

14 June 2017
Seminar on Tort of Malicious Proceedings in Civil Proceedings
Organised by the Professional Development Committee, this seminar was presented by Kalai Sivanadian at the KL Bar Auditorium from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 15 participants.



15 June 2017
Seminar on Preparation for a Murder Trial
Organised by the Professional Development Committee, this seminar, with the purpose of providing a good understanding of the steps taken to prepare for a murder trial, was presented by T.Vijayandran at the KL Bar Auditorium from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 28 participants.


16 June 2017
(Repeat) Seminar on Updates to the Companies Act
Organised by the Professional Development Committee, this seminar was presented by Wong Tat Chung at the KL Bar Auditorium from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 111 participants. The seminar covered the Companies Act 2016: The after effects and the relevant subsidiary legislation.



16 June 2017
Seminar on Adopted but Stateless – Our Invisible Children
Organised by the Professional Development Committee in collaboration with the Association of Women Lawyers, this seminar was presented by Goh Siu Lin and Raymond Mah at the KL Bar Auditorium from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 55 participants. The seminar covered, amongst others, "The Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989"; "Adoption (Amendment) Act 2000"; "Section 25A of the Adoption Act 1952"; "Citizenship by Operation of Law?"; "Article 14 & Schedule II of the Federal Constitution"; and "Article 15A of the Federal Constitution".



18 June 2017
Buka Puasa with Rohingya and Myanmar Muslim Refugees at Humanitarian Aid Selangor (formerly known as MyWelfare Centre)
Organised by the Young Lawyers Committee (“YLC”), this Buka Puasa event with 500 Rohingya and Myanmar Muslim refugees was held on 18 June 2017 at Humanitarian Aid Selangor (formerly known as MyWelfare Centre), 14 Jalan 4, Selayang Baru, (Pasar Borong Selayang Lama) 68100 Batu Caves. YLC managed to raise RM2,710 in sponsorship for the event.



19 June 2017
Seminar on Limited Liability Partnership 
Organised by the Professional Development Committee, this seminar was presented by Wong Tat Chung at the KL Bar Auditorium from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 66 participants. The seminar covered, amongst others, "Nature of Limited Liability Partnership"; "Background to Limited Liability Partnerships Act 2012"; "Overview of the Act”; "Taxation"; "Limited Liability Partnership and Companies Act 2016"; and "Impact on the legal profession and requirements for amendments to the Legal Profession Act 1976".



20 June 2017
Seminar on Speak Up: Handling Harassment And Raising Issues In Law Firms/Workplace
Organised by the Gender Equality and Diversity Committee, this seminar was presented by Animah Kosai at the KL Bar Auditorium from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm. The seminar was attended by 14 participants.



20 June 2017
Seminar on Memorandum of Understanding
Organised by the Professional Development Committee, this seminar was presented by Lim Kien Chai at the KL Bar Auditorium from 1:45 pm to 4:45 pm. The seminar was attended by 39 participants. The seminar covered, amongst others, "Introduction regarding the use of MOU in the business, commercial and corporate world"; "The legal nature"; "Why MOU is not legally binding?"; "How MOU could be made legally binding?"; "Under what circumstances MOU is not legally binding or is legally binding?"; "Drafting MOU"; "With full practical illustration of drafting a non-legally binding or a legally binding MOU"; "Even if the MOU itself is not legally binding, a critical understanding of a MOU is important to ascertain whether it has the force of law to protect your client’s business interests"; and "Other formalities, notwithstanding its non-legal nature".



21 June 2017
Seminar on Understanding Sexual Harassment
Organised by the Gender Equality and Diversity Committee, this seminar was presented by Betty Yeoh at the KL Bar Auditorium from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 15 participants.