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Wednesday, 15 August 2012

KLBC Activities Report for July 2012


30 June to 1 July 2012
33rd Penang International Dragon Boat Festival 2012
The KLBar-Barians travelled north to the Pearl of the Orient to compete in their biggest competition of the year and their first outing against international teams. Click here and here for the full report.


04 July 2012
Pupils Introduction Session
Organised by the KL Bar Pupils Welfare Committee, the introduction session for July was held on 4 July 2012. The session, attended by 90 pupils, was led by Harleen Kaur (Leena). Pupils were briefed on the structure of the Malaysian Bar and the KL Bar, the election to both the Bar Council and the KL Bar Committee and highlights of the Malaysian Bar. The introduction session included a session for pupils to raise issues and problems faced by them during their period of pupillage and also to come up with possible solutions. The issues raised and possible solutions suggested by the pupils at this session were:

No
Issue
Possible Solution
1.       
Low remuneration
·        Set a standard increment schedule
·        Have a minimum wage for pupils
2.       
Excessive transcribing
·        Get the Courts to prepare the transcription
3.       
Lack of holidays/leave
·        Allocate leave entitlement during period of pupillage
4.       
Lack of public transport to the KL Courts at Jalan Duta
·        Seek to extend the current LRT Line
5.       
Admission to the Bar date - the wait is too long
·        Have more RKKK Courts to hear Calls
·        Implement Mass Calls
6.       
Rude Court Staff/ Court Clerks are difficult
·        Send them for training
·        Have a platform for pupils to lodge complaints
7.       
Dock Brief Programme - accused persons are brought to the Court late or while the Court is in process
·        Courts to remind the Police officers that accused persons have to be brought to Court early
8.       
E-filing payment counter too slow
·        Have more counters
9.       
Excessive due diligence
·        Partners in firms should be more organised
10.   
Shah Alam Court - No QMS system in the old building
·        Follow the system in the KL Court
11.   
Petition for Admision - too many forms (Borang 1-8)
·        Amend the LPA to simplify the forms
12.   
Uncertainty of employment (after period of pupillage)
·        After the 6th month, the pupil should be informed whether he/she will be retained
13.   
Long working hours
·        Be remunerated for working after working hours
·        Be entitled to overtime
14.   
Lack of proper learning structure during pupillage
·        Bar Council to introduce a structured programme
15.   
Asked to handled dispatch work
·        Bar Council or State Bar Committee to send circulars to legal firms to remind them not to abuse their pupils


05 July 2012
CPC/PDC Talk on Criminal Advocacy from the Prosecutors Perspective
The KL Bar Criminal Practice Committee together with the Professional Development Committee presented the Talk as one of its programmes to encourage more lawyers to practice Criminal Litigation. Shamsul Bin Sulaiman from Messrs Edlin Ghazaly & Associates presented the Talk which was held at the KL Bar Auditorium at 3.00pm. The event was attended by 44 participants. The Talk covered the following areas, "Powers of the Public Prosecutor", "Understanding the hierarchy of the PP's Office", "Workflow and how decisions are made", "The Prosecutors' mindset", "How to be effective as a defence counsel vis-a-vis the prosecutor" and "What I have learnt from being across the divide".


06 July 2012
PWC Visit to the Palace of Justice
The KL Bar Pupils Welfare Committee organised its inaugural visit to the Palace of Justice for its pupils. 17 pupils including 6 attachment students from Japan participated in this visit which was held on Friday, 6 July 2012. All pupils gathered outside Wisma Kraftangan (where the KL Bar Secretariat is located on the 8th floor) from as early as 7.30am and enjoyed a light breakfast at the neighbouring restaurant. Our entourage departed from Wisma Krafttangan at 8.15am by coach and arrived at the Palace of Justice at 9.00am. Click here to read the full report.


06 July 2012
PDC Seminar on Islamic Wills III (Advanced)
Amir Bahari from Messrs Bahari & Bahari presented the seminar which was held at the KL Bar Auditorium at 10.00am. The seminar was attended by 46 participants. The seminar covered the following areas, "Key differences between Wasiyyah, Wisoyah & Wakaf", "Who can prepare the Will", "Witnessing of the Will", "Probate processes", "Role of PERWARISAN", "Effective estate planning tools" and "Sample of Islamic Advance Will".


06 July 2012
PDC Seminar on Legal Due Diligence in Mergers and Acquisitions
Kelvin Loh Hsien Han from Messrs Shook Lin and Bok presented the seminar which was held at the KL Bar Auditorium at 2.30pm. The seminar was attended by 80 participants. The seminar covered areas in “Transactional Due Diligence” and “Compliance Due Diligence” including, "Purposes of a transactional due diligence, developing a strategy and planning", "Executing a transactional due diligence - Case Studies", "Due diligence in acquisition of minority stakes", "Defensive due diligence", "Purposes of a compliance due diligence and penalties under the law", "Formation of a due diligence working group and roles of each member" and "Standards of a due diligence".


07 July 2012
KLYLC-MCCHR Public Interest Litigation Workshop
The KL Bar Young Lawyers Committee (KLYLC) established a Public Interest Litigation Unit (PILU) in association with the Malaysian Centre for Constitutionalism and Human Rights (MCCHR). In line with this, a series of formal workshops have been organised for members of PILU on the basics of strategic public interest litigation, free of charge, to prepare interested young lawyers to handle the demands of such cases and to encourage the use of strategic litigation to promote human rights. The first session was held on 7 July 2012 at the KL Bar Auditorium from 10.00am to 2.00pm. The workshop was attended by 47 participants who were trained by Edmund Bon. Click here to read the full report.

07 July 2012
Malaysian Bar Interstate Golf Tournament 2012
The Malaysian Bar Interstate Golf Tournament 2012 was held in Malacca at Tiara Golf Resort on 7 July 2012. The KL Bar Sports Committee sent a team of 9 players to participate in the said Tournament. This year’s Tournament attracted participation from 8 State Bars - Kuala Lumpur, Johor, Selangor, Malacca, Negeri Sembilan, Perak, Penang and Kelantan.  Click here to read the full report.


12 July 2012
Visit of the Seoul Bar Association’s President and 2 others
The President of the Seoul Bar Association, Oh Wook-Hwan and 2 others, Yoon Jong-Suk (Auditor) and Choi Young-Ho (Assistant Manager) paid a social visit on the KLBC at the Bar Council office on 12 July 2012 at 9.30am. Chairman of the KL Bar Brendan Navin Siva, Honorary Secretary Ravin Singh, KLBC members Jeremiah Gurusamy, Roger Chan, Jason Kong and Executive Secretary Mary Tan were at hand to meet the delegation. They were joined by Christopher Leong, Vice President of the Malaysian Bar and Rajen Devaraj, CEO of the Bar Council. There was a casual exchange of information on the roles of each Institution and views on a number of issues such as the issue of human rights, peaceful assemblies, globalisation of the legal profession, electronic filing, etc. It was a short meeting as the delegation had to catch a flight to Penang the same afternoon to attend the Lawasia Family Law Conference. 


12 July 2012
PDC Seminar on Effects of Divorce on Adult Children and Teenage Children
Yvonne Lee, the Director of Enrich Counselling & Therapy Centre presented the seminar which was held at the KL Bar Auditorium at 2.30pm. The seminar was attended by 56 participants.


13 July 2012
Pupils Introduction Session
The KL Bar Pupils Welfare Committee organised an additional introduction session for the month of July. This additional session, held on 13 July 2012 and, attended by 85 pupils, was led by Ravin Singh and Jason Kong. Pupils were briefed on the structure of the Malaysian Bar and the KL Bar, the election to both the Bar Council and the KL Bar Committee and highlights of the Malaysian Bar. The introduction session included a session for pupils to raise issues and problems faced by them during their period of pupillage and also to come up with possible solutions. The issues raised and possible solutions suggested by the pupils at this session were:

No
Issue
Possible Solution
1.       
Briefing on Rules of Court 2012 - registration closes too fast
·        Should have one briefing just for pupils
2.       
Excessive transcribing
·        Should be done by professionals
3.       
Lack of holidays/leave
·        Allocate leave entitlement during period of pupillage
4.       
Working hours - too long
·        Should be limited to less than 12 hours
5.       
Low remuneration
·        Set a standard increment schedule
·        Have a minimum wage for pupils
6.       
Lack of guidance from Master
·        Come up with guidelines/rules for Masters on how to treat pupils
7.       
Petition for Admission - too many forms (Borang 1-8)
·        Convert the forms to e-forms
·        Simplify the forms
8.       
E-filing - no clear procedure
·        Have clearer procedures
9.       
E-filing payment counter too slow
·        Implement efficiency

14 July 2012
KLYLC/SACC Introductory Workshop to Dragon Boating
An Introductory Workshop to Dragon boating, under the auspices of the KL Bar Young Lawyers Committee and Social, Arts and Culture Committee, was held on 14 July 2012 at the Putrajaya Maritime Centre at 9.30am.


17 July 2012
PDC Briefing on the Rules of Court 2012
Brendan Navin Siva and 3 members from the Bar Council’s Task Force on Combined Rules of Court presented the Briefing on 17.07.2012 at the Raja Aziz Addruse Auditorium, Bar Council at 4.00pm. 302  participants attended the Briefing.


19 July 2012
PDC Seminar on Foreign Marriages and Foreign Divorces of Malaysians - What You Need to Know
Balwant Singh Sidhu from Messrs Balwant Singh Sidhu & Co presented the seminar which was held at the KL Bar Auditorium at 5.30pm. The seminar was attended by 37 participants. The seminar covered the following areas, "Law Reform (Marriage & Divorce) Act 1976","Application of Section 2 of the Act", "Solemnisation of Marriages of Malaysians Abroad", "Validity of the Marriages", "Lex loci celebrationes", "Solemnisation of Malaysian Marriages at Malaysian Embassies Abroad (Section 26)","Registration of Foreign Marriages of Malaysians at Malaysian Embassies Abroad (Section 31)","Registration of such Divorces (Section 107)","Effect of obtaining a Foreign Decree of Divorce in relation to division of assets acquired during a marriage (Section 76)" and also the case of Gurcharan Singh Karnal Singh v. Mninder Kaur Piara Singh (2011) 2 CLJ 204.


21 July 2012
PAC Projecting a Professional Image - A Workshop conducted by Bobbi Brown
The Practitioners' Affairs Committee organised an image and grooming workshop conducted by Bobbi Brown Cosmetics for women lawyers on 21 July 2012 at 10.00am at Bobbi Brown’s Training Room, Mid Valley Megamall.  The workshop focused on the importance of projecting a professional image with tips on how to apply appropriate make-up for a professional look (day and night). 21 participants attended the Workshop. Click here for the photos.

21 July 2012
KLYLC/SACC Introductory Workshop to Dragon Boating
Due to the overwhelming response to the Introductory Workshop to Dragon Boating held on 14 July 2012, a second Introductory Workshop was held on 21 July 2012 at the Putrajaya Maritime Centre at 9.30am.


23 July 2012
PDC Briefing on the Rules of Court 2012
Due to the overwhelming response to the Briefing held on 17.07.2012, a second Briefing was held on 23.07.2012 at the Raja Aziz Addruse Auditorium, Bar Council. Brendan Navin Siva and S. Nantha Balan from the Bar Council’s Task Force on Combined Rules of Court presented the Briefing. 220 participants attended the Briefing.


27 July 2012
PDC Seminar on Taxation of Land Transactions
S. Saravana Kumar from Messrs Lee Hishammuddin Allen and Gledhill presented the seminar which was held at the KL Bar Auditorium at 3.00pm. The seminar was attended by 23 participants. The seminar covered the following areas, "G Sdn Bhd v KPHDN: Are gains from disposal of land automatically subject to income tax?", "KPHDN v SE Sdn Bhd: Is development right stock in trade?" and "BD Sdn Bhd v KPHDN: Is contractual right an interest over land for the purposes of RPGT?".   

28 July 2012
KLYLC/SACC Introductory Workshop to Dragon Boating
A third Introductory Workshop to Dragon boating was held on 28 July 2012 at the Putrajaya Maritime Centre at 9.30am.

 Edited by Jeremiah R. Gurusamy

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