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Articles by Topics: Missing Court Dates

Case Study: When It Rains It Pours

Danny Fenton of Messrs Fenton and Co (“IP”) acted for Jasmine, the purchaser in a conveyancing transaction to prepare the SPA. The vendor, Maddie was not represented but was assisted by her daughter and son-in law. After the deposit was p...

The Skinny On Checklists

Failure to Follow Client’s Instructions

Messrs Keating & Co, the Insured Practice (“IP”), represented both the Purchaser and Vendor in a Sale and Purchase Agreement (“SPA”). The property in question was charged to Furama Bank as a security for a loan given to th...

Case Study: Self Representation - Every Rose Has Its Thorn

Law firm ABC & Co was formed in 2007 as a partnership by Anna, Bryan and Calvin.  Two years later, Calvin fell out with Anna and Bryan thus deciding to dissolve their partnership, and he formed a sole proprietorship, Messrs Calvin & Co. ...

Self-Representation: Every Rose Has Its Thorn

“A man who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client” [1] – Does this apply when a lawyer is representing himself? Undeniably, majority of lawyers would assert that self-representation in their personal capacity is justified as t...

Jack of All Trades, Master of None

Karpal Singh.  Preet Bharara.  Fatou Bensouda.  When these names are mentioned, we instantly recognise them for their work done in a precise area of law. There are numerous arguments as to why being a "Jack of all tr...

Hindsight is Insight

The situations in the case studies below could have been avoided if the lawyers had implemented good practices in their firms.  CASE STUDY No 1: Don’t Forget To Remember Me – Limitation Period On 1 April 2006, John met an acc...

Best Practice Tips

Risk Management or Best Practices, whatever you may call it within your firm is a double-edged sword.  It improves the quality of your legal service by ensuring that you deliver the best to your clients, this gives you the edge over your competi...

Did You Know

Your failure to cooperate could jeopardise your PII claim! Any insurance policy is a contract between two parties where the Insurer agrees to provide indemnity to the Insured subject to specific terms and conditions.  One of the conditions o...

Tackle the Time Crunch

Martha M Newman is an Executive and Professional Coach who helps attorneys build leadership skills, enhance business performance and advance their professional careers.  This article was taken from Top Lawyer Coach, LLC and has been reproduced w...

Quick Glance: Limitation Periods

Section Description Limitation Period 6 (1) (a) Actions founded on a contract or tort     6 years 6 (1) (b) Actions to e...

To Do of Conveyancing

There is no one way in dealing with risks.  It is best to find ways and avoid any risks.  Conflicts are Everywhere You may be acting for a friend or family member in some matters, put relationship aside and ask yourself: ...

Sample Letter of Acknowledgement

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF LEGAL REPRESENTATION To: [firm of solicitors concerned]   Re: Loan/facility amount: RM…………..        Financier:        Borrower(s): ...

The No 1 Cause of Claims - Litigation : The Statistics

But why? There are many sub-causations contributing to the above.  Among them are: 1. Broken Communications. 2. Bad Time Management. 3. Poor Legal Knowledge.

Do’s & Don’ts of Litigation Practice

COMMUNICATION DO’S Record everything in black and white.  More so telephone conversations where the client verbally instructs you.  Before you act on their instruction, have the client sign-off the written instructions,...

Case Closed: What Do I Do With The File Now?

Whilst most lawyers do not expect it when they begin their careers; documents (and paperwork) tend to dominate most law firms.  In a 2003 survey conducted by the American Bar Association, lawyers reported that one of their greatest disappointmen...

Files (Mis) Management

A good file management system is essential in any legal practice whether it be a small or large practice.  Lost, stolen and irreversibly damaged files often lead to disgruntled clients who, when unhappy with the service they've received, ...

Risk Management & Practice Of The Law - Litigation

The Risk Management and the Practice of the Law was first presented by Datuk N Chandran at a Risk Management Seminar in March 2004.   The object of this paper is to address on the sort of risks to which legal practitioners are exposed to and t...

The Dreaded C - Conflict of Interest: The Essentials

In this final instalment of The Dreaded C - Conflict of Interest' series, focus will shift to the essentials of a conflict system, they are applicable whether you maintain a record book or a computerised system.  Essentials Of A Confl...

Reinventing Your File Transfer System

File management takes many forms, and one important area of file management that is often overlooked is file transfers!  In any firm that you work in, there are procedures for file opening, file closing, KIV systems etc because files are cons...

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