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Articles by Topics: Fraud

Device Loss Remains a Key Data Breach Risk

In October 2017 a member of the public discovered a USB stick on the streets of West London. Worryingly it contained sensitive information on security arrangements at Heathrow Airport. The data held on the device was not encrypted, neither was i...

Asia moves towards tougher data breach rules

From JLT Group’s Specialty Insights which can be found at https://www.asia.jlt.com/our-insights/cyber-decoder/asia-moves-towards-tougher-data-breach-rules Asia moves towards tougher data breach rules A massive data breach in Malaysia ...

An Internal Audit Strategy for Law Firms

AN INTERNAL AUDIT STRATEGY FOR LAW FIRMS[1]   Firms should do all they can to be proactive and be able to demonstrate a robust process and structure to manage different types of risks. An internal audit is definitely an area that deserves incr...

Case Study: But We Are No Longer Together!

Emily and Victoria were the founding partners of Messrs Grayson & Co, the Insured Practice (“IP”). After some time in the partnership, there were some disagreements about the Firm’s business plan, eventually driving a wedge bet...

Case Study: Maybe I Wasn’t Ready…

Alexis began her legal career as a legal assistant at Messrs Morello & Associates where she befriended Piper, a senior legal assistant at the firm. When Piper left Messrs Morello & Associates to set up her own firm, Messrs Chapman & Co, A...

Case Study: Gone With The Wind

Messrs Underwood & Partners, the Insured Practice (“IP”) was established in 1996. The Firm’s main office in Petaling Jaya was managed by Frank and the branches in Ipoh and Johor Bahru were managed by Claire and Douglas respectiv...

Case Study: Under Observation

After several years of practice, Max, a legal assistant at Messrs Channing & Associate, the Insured Practice (“IP”) was offered to be a partner of the Firm by Caroline, the sole proprietor of the Firm at that time. Max had been handli...

Cyber Crimes - Lawyers Are Not Spared

Raymond Reddington of Messrs Reddington and Co, the Insured Practice (“IP”) acted on behalf of Pavlovich Private Limited Company (“the client”) in a cross border transaction.  The other party was represented by Elizabeth ...

Case Study: Leave No Stone Unturned

Messrs Turner and Associates (“IP”) was the panel lawyer for Bank ABC and handled commercial loan transactions for the bank. In 2013, Cosmo Property Pty Ltd (“Cosmo”) approached the bank to get a commercial loan of RM1,700,000...

Having an Ace Up Your Sleeve in Rough Times

Every fortnight at Kerry & Associates, partners of the firm would select clients’ files at random to check if there are any discrepancies in them. This practice acts as a risk management measure to find any discrepancies in a file as well a...

Case Study: Riding out the Storm with Risk Management

Connor & Partners was established by Olivia and Peter Connor in 2003. They are a law firm that specialises purely in conveyancing matters. One day, Olivia visited the Inland Revenue Department (“IRD”) to get a stamp for her client&rsq...

A Family Affair – Keep It Seperate!

Messrs King & Partners was established in 2007 by Anna King and her partner, Henry. In 2009, Anna decided to further her studies in Australia, leaving the firm under the care of Henry and their accounts clerk, Teri. As part of checks and balan...

Case Study: A Dicey Situation - Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Jack Alastair, the sole proprietor of The Law Chambers of Alastair, notified Insurers of a possible employee embezzlement in his law firm. In his notification, Jack apprises that his account's officer, Elena, had committed criminal breach of trus...

Know Your Client: Pre, Present and Prevention

Fraud lies hid in general expressions The general rule of the internet is to never believe everything you read; however, in the context of fraud on a law firm or lawyer, there are many plausible ways of this occurring.  Zooming in...

Practice Alert: Bogus Customer Service Calls From Software Companies

Facts: It has come to the Bar Council’s attention that a legal firm recently received a bogus phone call purporting to be from a reputable software company’s customer service.  The bogus caller had full details of the legal firm&rsq...

Practice Alert: Legal Firm Scammed into Releasing Client’s Money to Fraudster

Circular No 137/2014 Dated 1 July 2014 To Members of the Malaysian Bar Practice Alert: Legal Firm Scammed into Releasing Client’s Money to Fraudster It has come to Bar Council’s attention that a legal fir...

Keeping Watch: Mortgage Fraud

Mortgage fraud is common in many jurisdictions around the world.  Escalating prices of property serve as a strong incentive for fraudsters. A “successful” mortgage scam can leave parties with large losses and start disputes as to ...

The Tale of Jack & Jill

The Facts  Once upon a time, Jack went up the hill to look for Jill.  Now, Jack was a rogue and had forged a Power of Attorney ("PA") in his favour, allegedly from the true owner of a piece of land.  The truth however ...

Conveyancing Gone Bad

All names in the case studies are fictitious.    Claim 1: Duty of Care In 1996, Andrew (Purchaser) purchased a piece of land in Selangor from Gilbert (Vendor) for RM300,000.  Gilbert introduced Andrew to Rick & Co; and...

Misconduct Claims

Disclaimer: This extract was taken from the article ‘An Explanation of Some of the Main Terms of the 2013 Certificate of Insurance’ which was published in JURISK! March 2013.  The information herein has been edited to reflect the ...

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