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Moot Judges
The Right Honourable Chief Justice Tun Dato' Seri Zaki Tun Azmi

The Right Honourable Chief Justice Tun Dato' Seri Zaki Tun Azmi was born on September 12, 1945 in Alor Setar, Kedah. He had his early education at Sultan Abdul Hamid College, Alor Setar, Anderson School, Ipoh and English College, Johor Bahru. His Lordship then read in the Lincoln's Inn, London and obtained a Barrister-at-Law in 1969. Upon graduation, his Lordship started his career with the Attorney General's Chambers from December 1969 to 1970. He was appointed as a Magistrate in Kuala Lumpur in 1970 and in 1971 as a President of the Sessions Court in Ipoh. In 1973, his Lordship was appointed as a Federal Counsel at the Drafting Division in the Attorney General's Chambers and later in 1976, a Senior Federal Counsel at the Ministry of Home Affairs. In 1985, his Lordship made his way into legal practice as an advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya at Messrs. Shahrizat Rashid & Lee. Starting from 1 September 2006 until 4 September 2007, he continued to serve as a consultant as well as an advocate and solicitor. His Lordship held a number of posts as a member of the Abandoned Housing Project Scheme Panel and National Sports Panel, the Brains Trust ISIS for K-Economy, National Sports Council Advisory Panel and a Trustee of SP Setia Foundation. His Lordship was also an Arbitrator in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor. In 2004, his Lordship was appointed to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Police Force. While being an active practicing lawyer, he was in the Board of public listed companies, such as Petroliam Nasional Berhad in which he was also a Chairman of the Audit Committee for a period of over 18 years. On 5th September 2007, his Lordship was appointed as a Federal Court Judge and on 11th December 2007, elevated as the President of the Court of Appeal. His Lordship’s elevation as the Chief Justice was on 18th October 2008 and with the establishment of the Judicial Appointment Commission, his Lordship becomes the first Chairman since 16th February 2009. His Lordship is married to Toh Puan Datin Seri Nik Sazlina Mohd Zain and blessed with four children, Dzofrain Azmi, Razif Azmi, Azri Azmi and Azfar Azmi.

Federal Court Judges
1.

The Hon. Datuk Heliliah Bt. Mohd Yusof

Yang Arif Datuk Heliliah Bt. Mohd Yusof graduated with LLB (Hons) from University of Singapore in 1970. Datuk Heliliah was appointed as a High Court Judge in 2002, Court of Appeal Judge in 2006 and later as a Federal Court Judge in 2009 serving the judiciary till present.

2.

The Hon. Datuk Seri James Foong

Justice James Foong graduated from the University of London with LLb (Honours) in 1969. He became a Barrister-at-Law from Inner Temple in 1970 and was called to the Malaysian Bar as an Advocate and Solicitor in 1971. Justice James was appointed as a Judicial Commissioner in 1990 and in 1992 was elevated to the High Court Bench. He became a Court of Appeal Judge in 2005 and in 2009 was elevated to the Federal Court of Malaysia.

Court of Appeal Judges
1.

The Hon. Datuk Ramly bin Haji Ali

Datuk Ramly Hj Ali currently is a Judge, Court of Appeal Malaysia, Putrajaya. He obtained his LL.B. (Hons.) degree from the University of Malaya in 1978 and has since then been attached to the Judicial and Legal Service of the Government in various capacities such as Magistrate, Assistant Director of the Legal Aid Bureau; Deputy Treasury Solicitors; Deputy Registrar of Companies; Registrar of Companies; Registrar of the High Court Malaya; Chief Registrar of the Federal Court. In 2000 he was appointed as a Judicial Commissioner to the Commercial Division of the High Court of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur. On 1.2.2002, he was elevated as a Judge to the High Court and has been assigned to the High Court Kuantan; the Appellate and Special Powers Division; Civil Division, Commercial Division and Intellectual Property Division since its establishment in July 2007. His Lordship was elevated to the Court of Appeal Malaysia on 15.4.2009 until now.

2.

The Hon. Datuk Zaharah binti Ibrahim

Yang Arif Datuk Zaharah binti Ibrahim graduated from the University of London with LLB (Honours) in 1977. She was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 1985. Yang Arif Datuk Zaharah was appointed as a Judicial Commissioner in 2004 and in 2006 was elevated to the High Court Bench. She became a Court of Appeal Judge in 2010.

High Court Judges
1.

The Hon. Dato’ Abdul Aziz bin Abd Rahim

The Honourable Mr Justice Dato Abdul Aziz obtained his LLB (Hons) from the University of Malaya and Masters of Law (LLM) in London. He served as a Magistrate in Alor Setar and Kuala Lumpur from 1975 to 1983 and was later appointed Senior Registrar. He also served as a Legal Officer of the Ministry of Defence. In 1989, he was appointed Parliamentary Draftsman. He also served as State Legal Adviser of the State of Negeri Sembilan and the State of Johor. He was later appointed Legal Adviser to the Islamic Development Department of the Prime Minister Department. Prior of being appointed as a High Court Judge, his Lordship was appointed Deputy Head of the Civil Division of the Attorney General Chambers and a Judicial Commissioner.

2.

Yang Arif Tuan Anantham Kasinather

YA Justice Anantham Kasinather hails from Penang, completed his A levels in Victoria Institution Kuala Lumpur before proceeding to the University of Singapore to pursue his Legal education. YA graduated in February 1972 and was called to the Malaysian BAR in November 1972 and the Singapore BAR in 2002. On completion of his pupilage with a prominent law firm in Kuala Lumpur, YA commenced his legal career with the same law firm and was a senior partner of the firm, before joining the judiciary in August 2009. YA was a prominent commercial litigator at the time of joining the judiciary.

3.

The Hon. Dr. Haji Hamid Sultan Bin Abu Backer

Justice Dr. Haji Hamid Sultan Bin Abu Backer, a Judge of High Court Malaya, is a barrister and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is a graduate in economics and also an honours and masters degree holder from University of London in Insurance, Shipping and Syariah Law. He also holds post graduate diplomas in Islamic Banking and Finance and also in Syariah Law and Practice from International Islamic University Malaysia. He was a member of the Malaysian Bar Council and a prolific author of books and articles. His doctorate thesis was on Civil Procedure and Justice.

4.

The Hon. Puan Nallini Pathmanathan

Puan Nallini Pathmanathan became a Barrister-at-Law from Middle Temple in 1983 and was called to the Malaysian Bar as an Advocate and Solicitor in 1986. Nallini was appointed as a Judicial Commissioner in 2007 and in 2009 was elevated to the High Court Bench.

5.

Yang Arif Datuk Hanipah Binti Farikullah

Datuk Hanipah binti Farikullah graduated with LLB (Hons) from University of Malaya and obtained LLM from University of Abersywth Wales, United Kingdom. Datuk Hanipah was appointed as Judicial Commissioner of the High Court Kuala Lumpur in May2010.

6.

Yang Arif Datuk Hasnah binti Dato’ Mohammed Hashim

Datuk Hasnah binti Dato’ Mohammed Hashim was born in Kuantan, Pahang on 15.5.1959. She obtained her L.L.B (Hons) University Malaya in 1983 and immediately joined the Judicial and Legal service on 1.8.1983. Datuk Hasnah was a Legal Adviser of Ministries such as Ministry of Housing and Local Government, Ministry of Telecommunication and Post, Ministry of Works. She was also a Session Court Judge in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor, Assistant State Legal Adviser of Selangor, Director of the Legal Qualifying Board, Director of Insolvency Department and last post held before being appointed as Judicial Commissioner on 3/5/2010 was as the Chief Registrar of the Federal Court.

7.

The Hon. Datuk Su Geok Yiam

Judge Su was appointed as a Judicial Commissioner of the High Court of Malaya on 1st June 2000.While serving as a Judicial Commissioner in Georgetown in 2004, the capital of the State of Penang, Judge Su started the pilot project on Court Annexed Mediation to promote and use mediation as a form of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). The pilot project achieved a success rate of 70%. Out of ten (10) cases which actually went through the whole mediation process, seven (7) cases were settled leaving only three (3) cases to be tried by the court. On 12 July 2004 she was appointed as a Judge of the High Court of Malaya. She currently presides in the Petaling Jaya High Court hearing exclusively criminal cases. Prior to her appointment as a Judicial Commissioner, Judge Su served twenty three (23) years in the Legal and Judicial Service, Malaysia in various capacities, namely, as a Senior Magistrate, Senior Sessions Court Judge, Senior Deputy Public Prosecutor, Head of the Prosecution Unit in the State of Perak and the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Federal and Senior Federal Counsel, Advisory Division and Senior Assistant Parliamentary Draftsman, Drafting Division, Attorney-General’s Chambers Kuala Lumpur.

Judicial Commissioner
1.

The Hon. Puan Amelia Tee Hong Geok Abdullah

Yang Arif Amelia Tee Hong Geok bt Abdullah graduated with Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Malaya. Yang Arif Amelia was a Chairman and later President of the Industrial Court Kuala Lumpur. Yang Arif Amelia was appointed as Judicial Commissioner of the High Court Kuala Lumpur in August 2009.

2.

The Hon. Tuan Harmindar Singh Dhaliwal

Tuan Harmindar served as a Magistrate in Kedah in 1982. He later worked as a Senior Assistant Registrar of the High Court at Kuala Lumpur. In 1990, he was appointed a Deputy Public Prosecutor of the Attorney General Chambers and was later elevated to be the Senior Assistant Parliamentary Draftsman. In 1993, he was appointed a Session Court Judge and served in Sabah and Perak during his tenure and later in Selangor and Kuala Pilah. In 2000, he served as a senior Federal Counsel of the Attorney General Chambers. He was also a director of the Senior Management and Professional Programme, Judicial and Legal Training Institute. He is currently a Judicial Commissioner of the High Court at Kuala Lumpur.

3.

The Hon. Tuan Lee Swee Seng

Lee Swee Seng graduated with Bachelor of Law (Hons) from University of Malaya and obtained Master of Law from the same university. He also obtained an MBA from University of Southern Cross, Australia. He was appointed a Judicial Commission of the High Court of Malaya on 31.5.2010. He was called to the Malaysian Bar in February 1985 and was in active legal practice until May 2010. He had presented numerous papers and spoken at seminars and conferences on corporate and securities law subject, Intellectual properties issues, Franchise and Competition law, Mediation, Contractual disputes, to name a few. He was also a visiting fellow of Taylor University Law School, a part-time lecturer with UM Law Faculty for the LLM Masters Programme; a Bar Council member for 2010 before his ceasing practice at the Bar.

4.

The Hon. Tuan Mah Weng Kwai

Mr Mah Weng Kwai was called to the English Bar as a Barrister-at-Law in 1971 and to the Malaysian Bar as an Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in July 1972. In 1973, Mr Mah joined the Judicial and Legal Service of Malaysia and held, among others, the posts of President of the Sessions Court, Deputy Public Prosecutor and Senior Federal Counsel of the Civil Claims Division. He left service in 1985 and commenced private practice as the principal of Messrs Mah Weng Kwai & Associates. Mr Mah is a past-President of the Malaysian Bar and past-President of LAWASIA, the Law Association for Asia and the Pacific. He was also a member of the Advocates and Solicitors Disciplinary Board, Malaysia. Mr. Mah was appointed a Judicial Commissioner of the High Court of Malaya on 4/1/2010 and currently sits in the New Commercial Court in Kuala Lumpur.

5.

The Hon. Dato’ Mary Lim Thiam Suan

Dato’ Mary Lim read law at the University of Leeds, UK and graduated with LLB (Hons). She was admitted to Lincoln’s Inn as a Barrister at law. She also obtained an LLM in law at the University of Western Australia. Dato Mary is currently sitting in the High Court of Malaya as a Judicial Commissioner.

6.

The Hon. Dr. Prasad Sandosham Abraham

Read Law in the University of Nottingham and graduated with an LLB degree (Hons) (2nd Class Lower) in 1974 . Thereafter, he proceeded to study for the Barrister-at-Law examinations at the College of Law, London and was called to the English Bar on 17th July, 1975 and was specially admitted to the Honourable Society of Middle Temple on 23rd September 1975. Before returning to Malaysia he completed the Post Bar Practical Course conducted by the Council of Legal Education from the period of July to October, 1975. Returning to Malaysia, on 30th June, 1976 he was called to the Malaysian Bar after undergoing a stint of pupillage in the then established firm of Messrs. Presgrave & Matthews, Penang. After practicing with several firms, he started his own practice under the name of Messrs. Abraham & Partners from the 1st December, 1980 and thereafter under the name of Messrs. Prasad Abraham & Associates from 1st July, 1992 todate. The practice involves itself mainly in commercial and civil litigation with a sprinkling of advisory work, corporate work and conveyancing and also overseas work and council work for other firms. The practice, especially litigation, has caused him to appear in almost all the Courts in the land involving cases covering a wide spectrum of the law. In addition to practice, Dr. Prasad Abraham was for many years a part time lecturer at the School of Law University Technology of MARA (UiTM), whereat he taught Civil Procedure to final year students. He subsequently was also appointed an external examiner of the Professional Practice Course in that School. In addition to that Dr. Prasad Abraham is also involved in the conduct of the Certificate of Legal Practice (CLP) examinations. He is also one of the Committee members of a working committee set up by the Qualifying Board to look into the creation of a Common Bar Exam in Malaysia. He also participates in Bar activities and is a committee member of the Bar Council Library Committee. Dr. Prasad Abraham also is a Special Professor to the Department of Law University of Nottingham, United Kingdom. On 19th July, 2008, Dr. Prasad Abraham was conferred a Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws honoris causa by The University of Nottingham in its recent Graduation Ceremony for service rendered to the University. Dr. Prasad Abraham has completed 32 years of active practice at the Bar.

Industrial Court
1.

Yang Arif Puan Susila Sithamparam

Yang Arif Puan Susila Sithamparam was appointed recently as the President of the Industrial Court on 16 November 2009. She graduated from the University of Malaya with a Degree of Bachelor of Laws(Honours) in 1979. She obtained a Degree of Master of Laws from the University of London in 1990. She was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 1979 and was in private practice for three months. She joined the Judicial and Legal Service on 11 June 1979 and has served in several capacities including as Chairman of the Industrial Court for seven years.

Retired Judges
1.

Dato’ Haji Abdul Kadir bin Sulaiman

Dato’ Haji Abdul Kadir was a Junior Assistant Commissioner (Labour Officer) in the Labour Ministry in 1960 serving in various States such as Kelantan, Kedah, Terengganu and Melaka before proceeding to London to do his Bar-at-Law Degree Course at The Middle Temple, London in 1968. Upon graduation he returned to Malaysia in 1971 and joined the Attorney General’s Chambers as a Legal Officer and was later a Legal Advisor to the Ministry of Education. He also served as a Deputy Public Prosecutor for the states of Perak, Kelantan and Terengganu. In 1975, he was the President of the Sessions Court and a Senior Assistant Registrar of the High Court in Terengganu. Dato’ Haji Abdul Kadir was also a State Legal Advisor in Terengganu in 1978 and was later appointed as a Senior Assistant Parliamentary Draftsman of the Attorney General’s Chambers in 1982. In 1983, he was appointed a Senior Federal Counsel of the then Anti Corruption Agency, in Kuala Lumpur and in 1987, he was made a Deputy Parliamentary Draftsman of the Attorney General’s Chambers. He was the Chairman of the Industrial Court in 1990 before being appointed a Judicial Commissioner of the High Court at Sibu, Sarawak. He was later elevated to the position of Judge of the High Court at Sibu and Kuching, Sarawak. In 1995, he was made to act as the Chief Judge of the High Court of Sabah and Sarawak. In 1996, he was transferred back to the High Court of Malaya and he served as a Judge of the High Court at Kuala Lumpur and made a Judge of the High Court at Kuala Terengganu in 1998. In the middle of 1996, he attended a course in Intellectual Property Rights for Commonwealth Judges in London. He was later appointed a Judge of the Court of Appeal Malaysia in 2000 and in late 2001 he was sent to The House of Lords, The Privy Council and The Royal Courts of Justice on Strand in London to study the Appeal Court System in England and Wales. In 2005, he was appointed a Judge of the Federal Court of Malaysia until he retired in March 2006. Immediately after in the same month he was appointed an “Ahli Dewan Pangkuan Diraja Terengganu” serving the Royal Court of Terengganu, and upon the Ruler of Terengganu becoming the Yang DiPertuan Agong of Malaysia on 13th December 2006 he was appointed an “Ahli Penasihat Pemangku Raja, Terengganu” (a Member of the Advisory Council to the Regent of Terengganu) until now. He is also currently serving as a Deputy Chairman and Honorary Treasurer of the Board of Trustee of Kuala Lumpur Foundation for Criminalisation of War and being appointed as the Chief Judge of the Kuala Lumpur War Crime Tribunal.

2.

Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram

Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram was called to the Malaysian Bar in May 1970 and practised law until his elevation to the Court of Appeal in September 1994. He is the first practitioner in Malaysia to be elevated directly to an appellate court. In April 2010 he was elevated as a judge of the Federal Court. He retired in February 2010. He is an Honorary Bencher of Lincoln's Inn.

Lawyers, In-house Counsels, Attorney Generals and Others
1.

Ahmad Razif Bin Mohd Sidek

Ahmad Razif Bin Mohd Sidek was called to the Bar and admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor to the High Court of Malaysia in June 1993. He graduated from MARA Institute of Technology with LLB in 1990 and obtained his LLM (Intellectual Property) in 2008. Ahmad Razif first joined the Attorney General Chambers as a Federal Counsel for the Civil Division in 1993 and later Federal Counsel for the Federal Attorney General Chambers, Sarawak in 1994. He was appointed as the Assistant Director for Legal Aid Bureau, State of Sarawak in 1999 then Deputy Public Prosecutor with Prosecution Division, Attorney General Chambers in 2001. He then made a Senior Federal Counsel for Advisory & International Division, Attorney General Chambers in 2001. He was also a Senior Federal Counsel for the Ministry of Woman and Family Development in 2002 and later for the Ministry of Woman, Family and Community Development in 2004. Ahmad Razif is currently the Head Unit, Human Rights & International Organisation Unit for International Advisory Division, Attorney General Chambers, Putrajaya.

2.

Alina Ariffin

Alina Ariffin was called to the Malaysia bar in 1998 and was in legal practice in Malaysia till late 2004 in the area of litigation. Since then, she has been an in-house counsel with Pfizer(Malaysia)Sdn Bhd as Director of Legal Affairs. She handles the company’s general legal matters including compliance.

3.

Andrew Khoo

Andrew Khoo is a partner in a small legal practice in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. He currently serves as Chair of the Malaysian Bar Council’s Human Rights Committee (BCHRC). The BCHRC deals with numerous human rights issues including trafficking in persons, refugees, the Internal Security Act and other preventive detention legislation, the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission/Special Complaints Commission/Enforcement Agencies Integrity Commission, Malaysia's membership of the International Criminal Court, Malaysia's human rights record and Universal Periodic Review Process before the Human Rights Council, religious freedom, freedom of assembly/information/expression, and the rights of persons with disabilities. He has worked together with the Malaysian Human Rights Commission (SUHAKAM) on various matters such as legal empowerment of the poor as a development issue under the Millennium Development Goals, child rights, and appearing before a SUHAKAM inquiry in relation to the arrest of 5 lawyers at Brickfields Police Station. He has briefed parliamentarians on the DNA Identification bill and the Personal Data Protection bill, and spoken in parliamentary forums on proposed amendments to the University and University Colleges Act 1971 and on the United Nations Universal Periodic Review on Malaysia in 2009. He has also addressed the issue of human rights in Malaysia at the Human Rights Council and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, both in Geneva, at the European Union in Brussels, as well as regionally and locally. Andrew enjoyed mooting whilst at university. He represented King’s College London at the UK rounds of the Jessup International Moot Competition in his second year and was joint runner-up best speaker. During his Bar Finals year, his partner and he represented Holborn Law Tutors at the Kesatuan Pelajar Undang-Undang Malaysia mooting competition in the UK and emerged champions.

4.

Annou Xavier

Mr Annou Xavier graduated from the London University and was admitted to the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn in 1996. He was later called to the Malaysian Bar in October 1997. Since then, he has been an active practitioner, specializing in the area of corporate and Intellectual Property with many of his cases being reported in the Malayan Law Journal, Current law Journal (cljlaw.com) and All Malaysia Reports.Mr Annou has also been involved in some high profile human rights and constitutional law cases, such as the controversial case involving the use of the ‘Allah’ word and the demolition of the Orang Asli place of worship.

5.

Chong Phow Yew

Chong is 54 years old and called to the Bar on 13/8/1998. I have been in active practice since called to the Bar and have been handling mainly civil and commercial litigation. I am married with 3 daughters none of whom are following the father's footsteps. I have an external honours degree in law from the University of London and a 2nd Upper Honours in the Certificate in Legal Practice. I am presently the senior partner in the firm of Kamaruzaman Arif, Amran & Chong in Shah Alam.

6.

Christopher Leong

Christopher Leong is an advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya of approximately 20 years standing, and is the managing partner of Chooi & Company. He has been a partner of the firm since 1996. Christopher has extensive experience in the field of corporate and commercial litigation, shareholders’ disputes, banking litigation and insolvency. Additionally, he practices in the area of constitutional and administrative law. Christopher has represented a broad array of clients in both domestic and international litigation, and is well-versed with issues that customarily arise in litigation with cross-border elements. He also acts as counsel in domestic and international arbitration proceedings. He has been counsel for the Malaysian Bar in several litigation matters. Christopher is named as one of the few select “Leading Individuals” in Malaysia in the field of Dispute Resolution in the 2009/2010 edition of the Asia Pacific Legal 500 and in the 2009 edition of Chambers Asia. He is also identified as a “Leading Lawyer” for dispute resolution in the 2010 edition of Asialaw. Christopher is an elected member of the Bar Council of Malaysia, which is the governing body of the Malaysian Bar. This will be his 6th term as a Bar Council member. Christopher graduated in economics in 1984 from Monash University, Australia, and completed reading law at the University of Nottingham in 1998. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1989 and was admitted as an advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 1990.

7.

Datuk D.P. Naban

Datuk D.P. Naban is a Senior Partner of Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill. He also heads the firm’s Tax Practice Group. He was called to the English Bar in 1980 and admitted as an advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 1981. Datuk Naban has been active in civil and commercial litigation practice for nearly 30 years. He has appeared before the Special Commissioners of Income Tax, High Court and Court of Appeal for various tax matters. Besides tax litigation, Datuk Naban advises multinational and local enterprises on tax advisory and tax planning matters. He has extensive litigation experience in other practice areas including defamation, company law, banking and employment law. He is also the Chairman of the Bar Council’s Tax Practice Sub-Committee. Datuk Naban can be contacted at tax@lh-ag.com

8.

Dato’ Dominic Joseph Puthucheary

Dato’ Dominic Joseph Puthucheary obtained his LLB (Honours) from Queen’s Belfast and was admitted to the English Bar at Lincoln’s Inn. Dato’ Dominic was the Organising Secretary for People’s Action Party and Central Committee for Barisan Socialis (an opposition party in Singapore) from 1959 – 1964. He was also a member of Parliament for Constituency of Nebong Tebal from 1990 – 1995. Dato’ is also in active practice and major cases handled include acting for HRH Sultan of Pahang in the Special Court on a constitutional matter of sovereign immunity in litigation, acting for the former Chief Minister of Sabah on the question of the constitutionality of the Chief Minister appointed, acting for several politicians in defamation cases, acting as legal advisor to the Government of the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste on the sovereignty dispute with Australia, , Constitutional Cases, Corporate Litigation, Defamation, Medical Negligence, Election Petitions,Intellectual Property Litigation, Political Detainees and arbitration matter involving International Law and disputes.

9.

George Varughese

George graduated with LLB(Hons)(Manchester) and thereafter obtained his LLM from University Malaya. His professional qualifications include Barrister-at-Law from Lincoln’s Inn and M.M.I. Arbs. George was the Chairman of Selangor Bar Committee from 2004-2007. He also served as the Treasurer of the Bar Council, Chairman of the Finance Committee and Selangor Bar’s representative to the Bar Council from 2007 – 2009. Currently George is the Secretary of the Bar Council, Chairman of the Trade in Legal Services Committee and Deputy Chairman of the Finance Committee.

10.

GK Ganesan

GK Ganesan holds an LL.B (Hons) from the University of Nottingham and a postgraduate degree in law [LL.M (University of Malaya)]. An Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya, he is currently a partner of a legal firm. He is the author of various legal texts, including ‘Bankruptcy Law in Malaysia and Singapore: A Sourcebook of Principles, Practice & Procedure’; ‘Bankruptcy & Insolvency: a Practitioners Work’, Malaysian Court Forms’ Vol.2. He is one of the contributing author for ‘Malaysian Court Practice: a Practitioners’ Work’. He is widely considered to be an authority on insolvency law.

11.

Dato Harpal Singh Grewal

Dato Harpal Singh Grewal graduated with honours from the University of Singapore and has been active practice since his call to the bar in November 1975. Over the years he has appeared as counsel in almost all fields of litigation ranging from criminal law to corporate litigation and his cases are reported in various law journals and also cited in several books and commentaries. He is also an honorary legal advisor to several Associations and corporations.

12.

Jal Othman

Jal Othman heads the Islamic Finance practice in Shook Lin & Bok, one of the oldest and largest law firms in Malaysia. Jal’s other major areas of practice are corporate, commercial law and real estate. As a banking and finance lawyer, Jal guides and leads his team in the retail, mezzanine and tier one financing deals, both for onshore and cross border clients. Jal holds positions in INCEIF University and has been commissioned by the Malaysian Securities Commission and the Rating Agency of Malaysia in relation to product development and regulatory requirements. After graduating from Queen Mary & Westfield College of the University of London and after completing the Malaysian Bar examinations, Jal commenced his pupilage in Shook Lin & Bok and was elevated as a senior partner of the Firm in 2004.

13.

Jayasingam

Jayasingam has been in practice for 15 years and he is a partner at Messrs B H Lawrence & Co. He holds a Bachelors degree in Law (with Honours) from the University of London and a Masters Degree in Law from the University of Malaya. Jayasingam is also a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and was awarded a Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration in February 2009 after a course in the University of New South Wales.

14.

Kamal Baharin Omar

Mr Kamal obtained his LLB (Hons) from the International Islamic University in 1993. In 1994, he served the Judicial and Legal Services as a Magistrate at the Magistrate Court Parit Buntar, Perak. He was later appointed as a Senior Assistant Registrarof the High Court of Malaya at Kuala Lumpur. In 1997, he was appointed as a Magistrate at the Magistrate Court, Telok Datok, Selangor. He later served as a Deputy Pulic Prosecutor in the Appeal Unit of the Attorney General Chambers in 2001 and in 2004, he was appointed as Deputy Public Prosecutor of the Anti Corruption Agency Malaysia. In 2006, he was appointed as Senior Federal Counsel, Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Unit, International Affairs Division, Attorney General's Chambers, Putrajaya. On September 2008, he was appointed as Head of Multilateral Trade, International Arbitration and Dispute, International Affairs Division, Attorney General's Chambers, Putrajaya. Currently he hold the post of Head of International Criminal Matters in the same Divison.

15.

Lambert Rasa-Ratnam

Lambert Rasa-Ratnam was called to the English Bar in 1983 and the Malaysian Bar in 1984. He has been in active practice since then as counsel in civil, commercial and corporate disputes. He has appeared in cases on administrative law, contract, company law, construction, banking and insolvency, land law and tort (including defamation, negligence and nuisance).

16.

Liza Chan

Liza Chan graduated with an LLB (Hons) from the University of Wales, Cardiff in 1980. She became a Barrister-at-law from Lincoln's Inn and called to the Malaysian Bar in 1982. Liza is in her 29th year of active practice.

17.

Logan Sabapathy

Logan Sabapathy was admitted to the English Bar in 1985 and the Malayan Bar in 1986. He is also a member of the Singapore Law Society. He has been in active practice in West Malaysia since 1986 involving himself primarily in commercial and corporate related (including securities laws) litigation and arbitration. He practices under the name and style of Messrs Logan Sabapathy & Co., a firm based in Kuala Lumpur.

18.

Malik Imtiaz

Malik Imtiaz obtained his LLB (Honours) with 2nd Upper, from International Islamic University, Malaysia in 1993 and obtained LLM (Commercial Law) with Distinction from University of Hong Kong in 1996. He also obtained Masters of Studies (MSt) in International Human Rights with Distinction from Oxford University in 2005. Malik was admitted as Advocate and Solicitor to the High Court of Malaya in 1994 and in active practice for more than 15 years primarily in the areas of civil and commercial, constitutional and public interest litigation. He also practices selectively in areas of criminal law having most recently been involved in an appeal to the Federal Court against convictions for murder (mandatory death penalty). He was most recently in the news for having successfully argued the habeas corpus application of Raja Petra Kamarudin and the judicial review of the decision of the Home Minister to band a publication by Sisters In Islam.

19.

Mohd Aizuddin bin Zolkeply

Mohd Aizuddin bin Zolkeply was born on January 21, 1982 in Temerloh, Pahang. He had his early education at Sekolah Menengah Agama Persekutuan Kajang and SMKA Baling, Kedah. He then read law at Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws, International Islamic University Malaysia in 2001. Upon graduation, he did his pupilage at Messrs. Zain & Co. and was later called to the Bar in 2007. A year later he joined the Judicial and Legal Services as a Magistrate in Seremban Magistrate’s Court. In 2009, he was transferred to Palace of Justice to serve as a Senior Assistant Registrar of the Judicial Administration Division, Federal Court of Malaysia. Starting January 1, 2010 he is serving the Judiciary as the Special Officer to YAA Tun Dato’ Seri Zaki Tun Azmi, Chief Justice of Malaysia. During his study, he had actively involved in mooting and debating tournaments. In 2006, he joined the 13th Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna, Austria. The team was ranked top 16 in the world. Mohd Aizuddin had also taught Compulsory Moot subject at Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws prior to joining the Service.

20.

Haji Mohd Rasheed Khan Mohd Idris

Haji Rasheed, born in 1947, graduated from the Inns School of Law, London. He became a member of the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn and was admitted as a barrister-in-law in July 1978, subsequent to serving as Trust Officer in the Official Administrator and Public Trustee’s Office for 3 years. In May 1979 he joined the Judicial and Legal Service and served for 4 years as Magistrate, Deputy Public Prosecutor and Senior Assistant Registrar of the High Court. In May 1983, he joined Shell Malaysia as its Legal Adviser and worked under various portfolios in its Legal Department. Haji Rasheed also worked in the offices of Shell International, London and The Hague where he gained valuable international exposure. Haji Rasheed served 21⁄2 years as Legal Adviser of Sarawak Shell Berhad and Sabah Shell Petroleum Company Limited that are both Shell’s upstream companies engaged in exploration and production of oil and gas.

21.

Muhammad Suria Doshi bin Abdullah

Muhammad Suria Doshi bin Abdullah is the General Manager, Group Legal Department, SIRIM Berhad. He is also the Company Secretary of SIRIM Berhad. SIRIM Berhad is a premier Research and Technology organization in industrial research. SIRIM Berhad is also the Champion of Quality and Standards and has gained international recognition, underlying its mission of making businesses more competitive through quality and technology innovations. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) degree from University of London and a Certificate of Legal Practice (CLP) from Legal Profession Qualifying Board of Malaysia. He practised law for many years as an Advocate & Solicitor prior to joining SIRIM Berhad and now advises SIRIM group of companies on all local and international matters. He is a frequent speaker at conferences. He has presented papers on various subjects to local and international participants including on company secretarial practice, corporate governance, in-house counsel, employment & industrial relations, contracts, commercial and dispute resolution. He is also the Vice President of the Malaysian Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA).

22.

Nadzarin bin Wok Nordin

Mr Nadzarin is a Senior Partner of Messrs Nadzarin Kuok Puthucheary & Tan. He qualified as a barrister of Lincoln’s Inn in 1985 and is a certified Mediator and Arbitrator. He also holds a diploma in Syariah law & Practice from the Islamic International University. He also acted as legal advisor and Federal Counsel for the Federal Government while in the Attorney General's Chambers and various Local Governments, State Economic Development Corporations and the National Asset Management Corporation (Pengurusan Danaharta) while in practice. He was also appointed and sits as a member of the Investigating Tribunal of the Advocates & Solicitors Disciplinary Board and regularly acts as Counsel for the Advocates & Solicitors Disciplinary Board. He was a previous member of the Bar Council’s Law Reform and Special Functions Committee.

23.

Nahendran Navaratnam

Nahendran Navaratnam is Head of Litigation & Dispute Resolution at Kadir Andri & Partners. He is a graduate of Monash University Australia and holds a Bachelor of Science in addition to a degree in Law. Nahendran has over 20 years experience handling trial and appellate work in major corporate, commercial and administrative law disputes for private and public listed companies, financial institutions, multinational corporations and professional practices. He also acts in tax, libel, construction and insurance disputes.He is noted as leading individual for dispute resolution work in Malaysia by several publications including Legal 500, Chambers and IFLR.

24.

Paul Ong Teng Kek

Paul Ong Teng Kek obtained his LLB (Honours) with 2nd Upper, from University of Liverpool, UK. Paul became a Barrister-at-Law from Lincoln’s Inn and was also called to the Malaysian Bar as an Advocate and Solicitor of High Court of Malaya. Paul is in active practice in specialty areas such as pre-emptive remedies including but not limited to competent negotiation skills, injunctions, insolvency (companies winding-up and bankruptcy). Paul is also active in banking litigation & general civil litigation.

25.

Peh Suan Yong

Mr Peh joined the judicial and legal service as an Assistant Parliamentary Draftsperson, Drafting Division, Attorney General’s Chambers on 1 December 1989 until 15 February 1992. He was then transferred to Alor Setar and sat on the bench as a magistrate from 1992 to 1998. After that he was appointed a Senior Federal Counsel and served in the Ministry of Primary Industries, Ministry of Science, Technology and the Environment, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as the International Affairs Division of the Attorney General’s Chambers until 2009. On 16 July 2009, he was appointed a section head to the Research Division of the Attorney General’s Chambers and to date he is still with the said division.

26.

Ragunath Kesavan

Ragunath Kesavan is an Advocate and Solicitor of the Malaysian Bar from 1.1.1991. He is currently the President of the Malaysian Bar having been elected on 14.3.2009. He graduated from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth with a LLB degree in 1989 and he is a Barrister-at-law of Gray’s Inn and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1990. In 1996, he completed his LLM at the University of Malaya. He also has a BSc Degree in Genetics from the University of Malaya (1985).

27.

Ringo Low Kim Leng

Ringo Low read law at Manchester Metropolitan University and graduated with BA (Law) in 1983 and was called to the English Bar as a barrister of Gray’s Inn in 1984. He was admitted to the Malaysian Bar in 1985 and has been in active practice since. He is presently the Litigation Partner at Ringo Low & Associates. He has contributed to law journals and is a trade mark agent as well as a notary public. He is an advisor to various organisations and associations. He also sits on the board of listed companies.

28.

Robert Lazar

Robert Lazar, aged 54, is a Malaysian citizen and practices as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya. He is a partner in Shearn Delamore & Co. After secondary and pre-university schooling in Malaysia, he proceeded to the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1975 to read law. He was placed jointly as the top student for contract law, and was awarded, jointly, the Hughes Parry Prize in contract. He graduated in 1978 with a second class upper honours degree in law. He completed his Bar final examination in 1979 and was admitted to Middle Temple and called to the English Bar. Upon returning to Malaysia, he did the statutory period of pupilage under the supervision of the late Dato’ Ronald Khoo Teng Swee, and was called to the Malaysian Bar in 1980. He commenced his career in the Litigation Department of Shearn Delamore & Co. initially concentrating in personal injury work, and very shortly after moving on to areas of contract and company law. He was made a partner of the firm of Shearn Delamore & Co on 1 January 1984, and has a varied practice as a litigator. He appears frequently in the Superior Courts and several cases where he has appeared as counsel have reported. He is a member of the International Bar Association, the Inter Pacific Bar Association and the Asean Law Association. He is also a member of the London Court of International Arbitration.

29.

Hj Sulaiman bin Abdullah

Hj Sulaiman is an advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya. He is also an advocate and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore. Hj Sulaiman was a former President of the Malaysian Bar

30.

Shahnaz M Yusof

Shahnaz M Yusof read law at Nottingham University, United Kingdom. After more than fifteen years with PETRONAS, Shahnaz is currently the General Manager (Legal) for PETRONAS’ Gas Business. Previous to this, he was the Senior Manager (Legal)/Company Secretary of the Malaysia LNG companies, a PETRONAS-run business which involves the liquefaction and export of Malaysian natural gas. Shahnaz has also served as the Executive Assistant to the PETRONAS Chairman as well as a legal counsel to PETRONAS Carigali Sdn. Bhd., PETRONAS’ exploration and production (E&P) arm. He is a board member of Petgas UK Ltd, a UK gas subsidiary of PETRONAS, and a board committee member of the Trans Thai-Malaysia companies, a gas processing and transportation business partly owned by PETRONAS.

31.

Su Tiang Joo

Mr. Su Tiang Joo secured his law degree with honours from Manchester Metropolitan University (as it is now known), UK in 1982 and was admitted to the Bar of England and Wales in 1983 as a Barrister of Gray's Inn. He was called to the Malaysian Bar on the 24th of August 1984 and has been in active practice since. In 1990 he teamed up with Mr. Cheah Cheng Hoc and Mr. Teh Meng Teck leading to the law firm as it is now known, Messrs. Cheah Teh & Su. He has vast experience in litigation work involving land transactions, commercial contracts, building contracts, industrial relations, corporate matters, partnership, probate and administration of estate, torts, landlord and tenancy, conveyancing and banking matters, insolvency, family law, judicial review, professional disciplinary proceedings, intellectual property and other miscellaneous and incidental matters. He has been invited on numerous occasions to speak at law conferences, seminars as well as in the continuing legal education programmes organized by the Bar Council and State Bar Committee. He authored the training module being used in aid of training volunteers at the Kuala Lumpur Legal Aid Centre for Industrial Relations/Employment matters. He gives lectures from time to time at the invitation of ILKAP (the training institute for Judicial and Legal Officers).

32.

Sundra Rajoo

Mr. Sundra Rajoo is the Director of the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration since 1st of March 2010. He is also a Chartered Arbitrator and an Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya (non-practising) and had earlier practised as an Architect and Town Planner. He has vast experience in the arbitration field which is evident in his appointment as chairman, co-arbitrator of three-man panels and sole arbitrator in various international and domestic arbitrations. These arbitrations were conducted by arbitral institutions such as the International Chambers of Commerce (ICC), the Chinese International Economic Trade and Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), Regional Centre for Arbitration Kuala Lumpur (KLRCA) and Palm Oil Refineries Association Malaysia (PORAM). Thus far, he has had over a hundred and fifty appointments as arbitrator as he is listed on various arbitral panels across the globe. He was a Visiting Associate Professor with University Teknologi Malaysia. In the past, he was commissioned by Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM) to complete revisions to the PAM/ISM 1969 Form. Mr. Sundra Rajoo is the founding President of the Society of Construction Law (KL & Selangor), Past Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and Past Council Member of the Malaysian Institute of Architects. He is the Country Representative of the Dispute Review Board Foundation in Seattle, USA. He won the Annual Prize, North-East Branch 1996 and the Cedric Barclay Prize in 2002 of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, United Kingdom. Mr Sundra Rajoo is the author of “Law, Practice and Procedure of Arbitration” 2003, The Malaysian Standard Form of Building Contract (The PAM 1998 Form), 2nd Edition, 1999, and the Arbitration title for Halsbury’s Laws of Malaysia 2002 as published by Lexis Nexis. He has co-authored the book entitled The Arbitration Act 2005 – UNCITRAL Model Law as Applied in Malaysia, 2007, Sweet & Maxwell Thomson and co-authored a book entitled “The PAM 2006 Form” which has been recently published.

33.

Tan Kong Hun

KH Tan LLM, LLB (Hons), Adv & Sol, MCIArb, MCCS, ACTIM. Mr Tan holds a LLB (Hons) from University of Malaya and a LLM from University of London. He started his career as a practicing lawyer for 7 years, having been called to the Malaysian Bar as an Advocate & Solicitor in 1996. He is currently the Head of Legal Affairs at GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Malaysia (GSK), where he heads the legal function for GSK’s operations in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. He was also previously an adjunct lecturer at the University of Malaya, Open University of Malaysia as well as in the Certificate of Legal Practice. He is a Certified Company Secretary and a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK and Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia.

34.

Thavakumar

Thavakumar obtained his LLB (Honours) from University of London in 1989 and was admitted to the English Bar at Middle Temple in 1990. He then went on to obtain his LLM from University Of London and was admitted to the Malaysian Bar. He also became a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Thavakumar practised in Kuala Lumpur as an Advocate & Solicitior becoming a partner in 1998. In his practice, he was actively involved in litigation, during which time he appeared in several landmark cases, and also in domestic and offshore banking, corporate and commercial work. Thavakumar joined Shell Malaysia in KL in 2000 as Senior Counsel, Corporate & Company Secretarial. Since then, he has held various positions including Head of Legal at Shell Malaysia Exploration & Production and taking charge of the Downstream, GP, and Shared Services legal advisory team. Thavakumar was appointed General Counsel in August 2006.

35.

Dato’ William Stanley Walker Davidson

Dato’ Davidson is a consultant with Messrs Azman, Davidson & Co. Malaysia. He graduated with LLB (Hons) from Queens University Belfast in 1956 and was called to the English Bar at Grays Inn, London in 1957. He has been in active legal practice in Malaysia since 1964. His areas of practice include oil and gas, construction, commercial/ construction/ litigation/ arbitration, taxation and joint ventures. He was actively involved in drafting of the Bar Council’s draft for the Malaysian Arbitration Act 2005.

36.

Tony Woon Yeow Thong

Tony Woon Yeow Thong graduated from the University of Kent at Canterbury with an Upper Second Class Honours in Law in 1988. He passed the Bar Finals examination in London and was called to the Bar of England & Wales in 1989. Woon was admitted as an Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 1990. As senior counsel, Woon has about 20 years of experience in a wide array of commercial and corporate litigation matters. Woon also has a number of reported cases at the High Court and Court of Appeal. Woon has conducted many litigation matters involving winding up and corporate reconstruction pursuant to Section 176 of the Companies Act. Woon has also been called to give talks to officers of the Insolvency Department by the Legal Department of the Ministry of Law on bankruptcy and winding up laws. He has also given talks on General Advocacy to junior lawyers including those in Sarawak. Woon was a Member of Bar Council from 2003 till 2007 chairing various committees including Conveyancing Practise Committee, Legal Profession Committee, Sports Committee and Solicitors Remuneration Committee, Chairman of Negeri Sembilan Bar Committee from 2003-2005 and the Treasurer of the Malaysian Bar from 2009-2012. Woon has founded the Meesrs Woon & Co in 1999. The firm has a strong corporate and commercial base. The firm acts for many corporations including listed companies on the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange.

 

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