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Thursday, 28 September 2017

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)



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