Professional Education

Unequal Adversaries

I recently had to battle against a witness for a criminal matter in the Selayang magistrates’ court.

Referral Fees Are For Touts

The acceptance by an Advocate and Solicitor (“Introducer”) of any form of payment (such as commission) from any person merely for introducing clients to such person without the provision of legal services by the Introducer, is tantamount to touting on the part of the Introducer. Likewise, an Advocate and Solicitor shall not make any form of payment to any person for introducing clients to such Advocate and Solicitor. Provided that this Ruling shall not prohibit …

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Hanging with the Seniors

I notice these days that the pupils, interns and fresh lawyers don’t hang out with seniors, even when they have the opportunity to. Or even if they do, they don’t stay long. Excusing themselves politely on the account of work or something or other. I am sure the mumbled ramblings of those of my vintage and beyond when we get together are dismissed as old uncle talk, and, therefore, not worth sitting around for. I …

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Extension of Time Agreements and Applications

This is one of the applications I dislike, if not dread. The application appears administratively innocuous. However, the legal implications of losing one can be severe. The basis of every Extension of Time application (‘EOT’) is the applicant’s or its solicitors’ failure to file or do something within the deadline set by the rules or directed by the court. It is typical for the lawyer’s fault to be a reason for the application. After all, …

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