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Wednesday, 24 December 2014

The Luncheon: A Taste Of The Bar V

With the overwhelming response from pupils and young lawyers to the previous Luncheon held on 17 May 2014, the KL Bar Pupils Committee (KLPC) once again was delighted to host the meet and greet informal event, The Luncheon:  A Taste Of The Bar V; at the sophisticated President’s Room of the Royal Selangor Club at Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur. Drawing inspiration from the Inns of Courts’ dining sessions, this event is designed to give pupils an opportunity to spend an afternoon interacting with senior members of the Bar whilst seeking guidance and insight about the legal profession; with senior members gladly sharing the experience, knowledge and wisdom that they have gained in their years in practice.

This time, we have the honour of having the following senior members of the Bar gracing the occasion and  who too were earnestly looking forward to meet the young and vibrant lawyers to be:
  • Dato’ William S.W. Davidson
  •  Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram
  •  Robert Lazar
  •  Roger Chan Weng Keng
  •  Ira Biswas
  •  Vatsala Ratnasabapathy
  •  Ooi Bee Hong
  •  Mohd Amir Sharil Bahari Bin Md Noor
  •  Datin Faizah Jamaludin

Upon their arrival at the reception, the pupils enthusiastically approached the senior members of the Bar, introduced themselves and grabbed the chance of having a word with them. The atmosphere was then filled with laughter and chatter.

With each senior member seated accompanied by three pupils, the event started off with a welcome speech and brief introduction of each of the senior members by Alex Netto, the emcee for the day. It was then followed by an opening speech by the Guest of Honour, Dato’ William S.W. Davidson, who gave a word of advice to the pupils by sharing an article entitled, “Worlds’ Best Practices In Advocacy In Courts And International Commercial Arbitrations” by Dr. Josh Wilson SC. The pupils were indeed appreciative of the golden advice and were extremely attentive during the speech-giving.

The afternoon then proceeded with one of the highlights of the event; the sumptuous three course meal served with fruit punch.

At dessert time, another pinnacle point was reached. The pupils were truly fortunate to witness an inspiring speech delivered by the first practising lawyer in Malaysia to be elevated to become a Judge of the Court of Appeal and who was also a former Federal Court Judge, Dato Seri Gopal Sri Ram. In his speech, Dato’ Seri Gopal Sri Ram stressed on the essential elements of written submissions to be strictly adopted by all litigators. He also shared his experience when he was a pupil and emphasised the learning attitude that every pupil should instil in themselves. The pupils were certainly privileged to have heard his words of advice.

 With that, Harish Nair was accorded the privilege to end the event by delivering a speech of appreciation, on behalf of the pupils, to all the senior members of the Bar who had taken the invaluable time off their tight schedule to attend this event. Nonetheless, many of the pupils were still eager to engage in lively conversations and exchange ideas and views with their fellow seniors who in turn unselfishly shared their wealth of experiences, pointers, and impart invaluable "know-how" knowledge of the legal profession. The interaction and discourse, without a doubt, had left an indelible impact on and immensely benefited the pupils.

The KL Bar Pupils Committee would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all the senior members and pupils for their presence and participation, making this event yet another success and we hope that it shall be continued and become a tradition in the legal fraternity.     

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