4th Advocacy Skills Seminar

Advocacy is the art of persuasion. Most law schools teach this subject but only to a certain level due to limited time and lack of experienced teachers in this practical field. Thus, this subject is often left to individuals desiring to do “court work” to devise their own proficiency. But before you can develop your own skill, you must know some basic fundamental rules, guidelines and practises as well as the pitfalls and the narrow alleys to avoid. Many are left to learn these from their seniors but unless these seniors are themselves well honed in the craft, it is most likely a case of “the blind leading the blind” or the acquisition of a skill that is incomplete or unrefined.

This seminar intends to enlighten participants to not only the basic skills of advocacy but also to the finer points and techniques often missed, overlooked and neglected or perhaps forgotten by trial lawyers. Speakers for this seminar comprises of current Judges, retired Judges and senior Practising Advocates. Some of those from the Bench had been active Advocates before their elevation. By virtue of their experience, they have an added advantage of being able to identify common errors and mistakes committed by Advocates appearing before them. They will be highlighting these and rendering suggestions and proposals to overcome them.

This is one seminar that should not be missed by anyone who wishes to advance his or her advocacy skill. It is meant to enlighten you not only to the basic foundation of this craft but also share with you the various techniques that can be adopted into a winning style of your own.

 

List of Speakers

Tan Sri Dato' Seri Zulkefli Bin Ahmad Makinudin
Chief Judge of Malaya

The Right Honourable Mr. Justice Tan Sri Zulkefli bin Ahmad Makinudin was born on March 28 1951 in Ipoh, Perak. He had his early education at St. Michael's Institution, Ipoh, Perak and Maktab Tentera Di-Raja, Sungai Besi, Kuala Lumpur. His Lordship then read in the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur and obtained Bachelor of Laws (LLB)(Hons), thereafter obtained Master of Law (LLM) at the University College, University of London. He is the current Chief Judge of The High Court in Malaya since 12 September 2011.

Justice Datuk David Wong Dak Wah
Judge, Court of Appeal, Malaysia

Justice Datuk David Wong Dak Wah read law at University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. He also obtained a B.Com (majoring in accountancy) from the same University. From 1978 to 1979 Datuk David was attached to a Public Accounting Firm in Sydney as a qualified auditor. In 1979 he was admitted as a barrister of the New South Wales Supreme Court in Australia. In 1980, Datuk David was admitted to the Sabah Bar and he practiced as an advocate and solicitor in Sabah until 1992. In 1992, Datuk David practiced in Sydney until 1996. In 1997 he returned to Sabah and practiced until 2005. Datuk David was appointed a Judicial Commissioner of the High Court of Sabah and Sarawak in Kuching on 29 August 2005 and elevated as a Judge of the High Court of Sabah and Sarawak with effect from 11 April 2007. On 15 January 2009 Datuk David was transferred to the High Court of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah until his elevation to the Court of Appeal Malaysia on 8 January 2013.

Justice Dato' Mary Lim
Judge, Court of Appeal, Malaysia

Justice Dato' Mary Lim read law at the University of Leeds. She was called to the English Bar by the Honorable Society of Lincoln's Inn. She obtained a Master of Laws degree from the University of Western Australia. Dato' Mary Lim served various positions in the Attorney General's Chambers until her elevation to the High Court Bench where she was the first Judge of the Construction Court in Kuala Lumpur. Dato' Mary Lim is a qualified advocacy trainer with the Malaysian Bar Council and has conducted numerous courses on this subject. She has also delivered many public lectures of various topics associated with the law both nationally and internationally. Justice Dato' Mary Lim was elevated as Judge, Court of Appeal on 21 March 2016.

She recently taught at the Advanced Advocacy Course at Keble College Oxford.

Justice Dato' Vazeer Alam Bin Mydin Meera
Judge, High Court, Malaya

Justice Dato' Vazeer Alam Bin Mydin Meera, graduated with Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Wales Abersytwyth, United Kingdom. He then obtained a Master of Comparative Laws degree from University Islam Antarabangsa, Malaysia. Aside from this he also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (majoring in Economics, Political Science & Philosophy) from the University of Singapore. Justice Vazeer Alam was the Chairman of the Bar Committee of Kedah & Perlis from 2004 - 2007 and Treasurer of the Malaysian Bar from 2005 - 2007. He was in active practice until his appointment as Judicial Commissioner of the High Court of Malaya in May 2010. He has served in the Penang High Court and is currently serving as the Senior Judge at the High Court, Malacca. He is a trained advocacy trainer with the Malaysian Bar Council and has conducted numerous sessions on this subject.

Y Bhg Dato' Varghese George
Retired Judge, Court of Appeal, Malaysia

Dato' Varghese George retired as Judge of the Court of Appeal, Malaysia on 27 January 2017. He was in private legal practice for 35 years before being elevated as a Judicial Commissioner in October 2009. He was appointed as a Judge of the High Court in August 2011 and to the Court of Appeal in October 2013. He graduated with a degree in Law (LLB) from the University of Singapore in 1974. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators. Before Dato' Varghese's elevation he was a Senior Partner at Messrs. Zain & Co and was also a litigator mainly involved in commercial, land and administrative law cases and also in construction related arbitrations.

Dato' Lim Chee Wee
Past President of Malaysian Bar, Advocate & Solicitor, High Court, Malaya and Senior Partner of Skrine & Co

Dato' Lim Chee Wee graduated from the University of New South Wales, Australia with a LLB degree and B. Comm. (Accounting) degree. He was called to the Malaysian Bar as an Advocate & Solicitor in the High Court of Malaya in March 1993 and started practising in SKRINE. He was made a partner of SKRINE in January 2001. Dato' Lim Chee Wee is the immediate past president of the Malaysian Bar.

Dato' Lim Chee Wee has a broad commercial practice having experience in a wide variety of commercial and corporate disputes and litigation including international arbitrations in Asia and Europe. He has worked closely, amongst others, with clients from Australia, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Thailand, the United Kingdom and Singapore in managing their cross border disputes. Dato' Lim Chee Wee primarily acts as Counsel having appeared at all tiers of the Malaysian Courts and his portfolio of litigation work has a particular focus towards corporate litigation such as shareholders disputes, restructuring, recovery and insolvency. He has a number of cases reported in the law reports.

Justice Dato' Lee Swee Seng
Judge, High Court, Malaya

Justice Dato' Lee Swee Seng graduated with Bachelor of Laws (Hons) degree from University of Malaya and obtained his Master of Laws from the same university. He also holds a MBA degree from University of Southern Cross, Australia. Justice Datuk Lee was called to the Malaysian Bar in February 1985 and was in active legal practice until May 2010 when he was appointed a Judicial Commissioner of the High Court of Malaya. He was made a Judge of the High Court of Malaya in 2014 and currently is the Judge of the Construction Court in Kuala Lumpur. He has presented numerous papers and spoken at seminars and conferences on corporate and securities law, intellectual properties, franchise and competition law, mediation, contractual disputes and many other topics. He was also a visiting fellow of Taylor University Law School and a part-time lecturer with UM Law Faculty for the LLM Masters Programme. Justice Datuk Lee is a trained advocacy trainer with the Malaysian Bar and has conducted numerous courses on this subject.

Mr Su Tiang Joo
Advocate & Solicitor and Senior Partner of Cheah Teh & Su

Mr. Su Tiang Joo, a Barrister of Gray's Inn and a senior partner of M/s Cheah Teh & Su was called to the Malaysian Bar in 1984 and has been in active practice since. He was the Deputy Chairman of the Law Reform & Special Areas Committee of the Bar Council and served as a board member of the Advocates & Solicitors Disciplinary Board from 2007 to 2011.

He has wide experience in litigation work involving land acquisition, shareholders' and corporate disputes, commercial contracts, building contracts, industrial relations, 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 appeared as counsel in a number of cases reported in the law journals and is frequently invited to speak at law seminars.

He is the author of the First Edition of the Malaysian Chapter on 'Litigation and Dispute Resolution' (published in 2012 by Global Legal Group, UK) as well the co-author of the 6th Edition of the Malaysian Chapter on 'Dispute Resolution Review' (published in 2014 by Law Business Review, UK).

 

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