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KLBC Activities Report for February 2013




4 February 2013
Pupils Introduction Session
The KL Bar Pupils Welfare Committee organised 2 additional introduction sessions for the month of February. The additional sessions were both held on 4 February 2013, one at 9.30am and the other at 2.00pm. The first session was attended by 87 pupils. 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. It included a session for pupils to raise issues and problems faced by them during their period of pupillage and the Chairman and members of the KLBC were on hand to provide input and possible solutions. Amongst the issues raised by the pupils at this session were low allowance, no allocation for medical leave, minimum guidance or no guidance at all from Masters and interpreters guiding accused persons to plead guilty.

The second session was attended by 85 pupils. Amongst the issues raised by the pupils at this session were documents misplaced at the RKKK Petitions for Admission Registry and having to pay filing fees on their own.

Both sessions were led by Harleen Kaur (Leena).



6 February 2013
Pupils Introduction Session
Organised by the KL Bar Pupils Welfare Committee, the introduction session for February was held on 6 February 2013. The session, attended by 84 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. It included a session for pupils to raise issues and problems faced by them during their period of pupillage and the Chairman and members of the KLBC were on hand to provide input and possible solutions. Amongst the issues raised by the pupils at this session were, low allowance, rude court staff, e-filing, the need to pay for getting an exemption for Bahasa Malaysia from the Qualifying Board, insufficient number of counters for payment and e-filing and training for pupils on research skills.



19 February 2013
PDC Seminar on An Introduction to Employment Law
Anand Ponnudurai from Messrs Bodipalar Ponnudurai De Silva presented the seminar which was held at the KL Bar Auditorium at 3.00pm on 19 February 2013. The seminar was attended by 121 participants. The seminar covered the following areas, "The Employment Act 1955 and the Industrial Relations Act 1967 - The Difference", "The roles of the Labour Court and the Industrial Court", "The concept of security of tenure vs a contractual termination of services", "Termination must be grounded upon ‘just cause or excuse’ - and what amounts to just cause or excuse", "Issues relating to poor performance, misconduct and retrenchment", "General conduct of proceedings in the Industrial Court", and "Procedure and principles of Judicial Review of Industrial Court Awards."

20 February 2013
E-Filing meeting at the KL Courts
This was the first E-Filing meeting for 2013 and it was attended by the KL Court Officers in charge of the E-Filing System (EFS), representatives from the KL Bar Civil Court Liaison Committee, representatives from law firms (as users of the EFS) and Formis Software & Technologies Sdn Bhd (as the service provider of EFS). The meeting primarily focused on the current EFS issues faced by the law firms such as request for better helpdesk services, issues regarding the Service Bureau, operating systems and requests on improvements of the EFS such as online file search, previews of document before filing and delete buttons options. It was also agreed that similar meetings be held in the future to discuss issues/development arising regarding the EFS.



20 February 2013
Corporate Workshop for Pupils
The KL Bar Pupils Welfare Committee (PWC) organised a Corporate Workshop specifically for pupils on 20 February 2013. Presented by Ong Eu Jin and Yong Yishan C., the workshop focused primarily on the practical aspects of  Drafting Commercial Contracts using Share Sale Agreement as Case Study, 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". 50 pupils attended the workshop.



22 February 2013
21st Annual General Meeting of the Kuala Lumpur Bar
The 21st Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Kuala Lumpur Bar was held on 22 February 2013 at 3.00pm at Wisma MCA. The office-bearers of the KLBC for 2013/14 elected at the AGM were: Chairman - H R Dipendra; Committee members - Harleen Kaur (Leena), Goh Siu Lin, Amrit Pal Singh, Mohd Amir Sharil Bahari Bin Md Noor, Lim Chi Chau, Foong Cheng Leong, Khaizan Sharizad Binti Ab Razak (Sherrie), Jeremiah R Gurusamy, Vince Chong Khin Young and Arunachalam Kasi. Ravinder Singh Dhalliwal (Ravin) was elected as the KL Bar’s Representative to the Bar Council.

There was also a short briefing on the Implementation of the Subordinate Courts (Amendment) Act 2010 by Brendan Navin Siva.



26 February 2013
PDC Seminar on An Introduction to Intellectual Property
Cindy Goh Joo Seong from Messrs Cheang & Ariff presented the seminar which was held at the KL Bar Auditorium at 3.00pm on 26 February 2013. This seminar was attended by 71 participants. The seminar covered the following areas, "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".



27 February 2013
YLC Workshop on Marketing for Young Lawyers
Foong Cheng Leong from Messrs Foong Cheng Leong & Co. presented the workshop which was held at the KL Bar Auditorium at 3.00pm on 27 February 2013. The workshop was attended by 53 participants. The workshop covered the following areas, "Legal marketing for young lawyers", "Tips and measures to build a reputation, relationships and clientèle", "Getting speaking engagements and published" and "Having a successful networking conference”.



28 February 2013
PDC Seminar on Climate Change: Mother Of All Environmental Problems And The Biggest Human Rights Violation Of All Times
Roger Chan Weng Keng from Messrs Chan Weng Keng and Associates presented the seminar which was held at the KL Bar Auditorium at 3.00pm on 28 February 2013. This free seminar was attended by 65 participants. The seminar covered the following areas, "The Anthropogenic Root of Climate Change", "Where Science has crept into the Law. (The regulation of CO2)", "The Alarmist v Counter Information", "Climate change as an environmental problem on an unprecedented scale", "The current trend on how Courts are treating climate change damage in different jurisdictions", "Brief discussion of Massachusetts v EPA, Comer v Murphy, State of Connecticut et al v American Electric Power Company Inc", "Building blocks for a climate change claim", "Reliance of traditional structures of Environmental Laws and high likelihood of failure", "Are our Environmental Laws sufficient to ensure survival of progeny?", "Induction of the Precautionary Principle under International Law", "How precautionary is the Precautionary Principle?", "Short discussion on creative lawyering ingenuity and judicial creativity in the light of the Precautionary Principle", "Linking precaution not as a fundamental right to a fundamental right" and "Brief case studies of Lynas, Bukit Koman and Pengerang in light of the Precautionary Principle".


Prepared by the KL Bar Secretariat


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