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Amendment to Ruling 3.05 of the Rules and Rulings of the Bar Council (Circular No 122/2020)

Circular No 122/2020
Dated 24 Apr 2020

To Members of the Malaysian Bar

Amendment to Ruling 3.05 of the Rules and Rulings of the Bar Council

Pursuant to section 57(a) of the Legal Profession Act 1976, the Bar Council has amended Ruling 3.05, as proposed by its Legal Profession Committee.

The amendment to Ruling 3.05 is as marked below:

Bar Council Ruling 3.05: Logo, elaborate or decorated script or style permitted

The use of any logo, insignia, seal of the firm and any elaborate or decorated script or style on a law firm’s letterhead and stationery in a manner which is unobtrusive and not incompatible with the dignity of the legal profession is permitted subject to the approval of the Bar Council.

Please be informed that the amended Ruling takes effect immediately.

The Rules and Rulings of the Bar Council are accessible here on the Malaysian Bar website.

Members are reminded to obtain approval from the Bar Council before using logos for their law firms.  Members who have not obtained such approval are urged to email their law firms’ logos to to seek the Bar Council’s approval.

In making its decision, the Bar Council will be guided by various considerations, including the following:

(1) Logos that could bring the legal profession into disrepute will not be approved;

(2) Logos should not contain slogans or phrases, or images of animals or human figures; and

(3) Words indicating that the logo belongs to a law firm — such as “Advocates & Solicitors”, “Law Firm” and “Advocates” — should not be part of the logo.

Should you have any enquiries, please contact Malathi Mohan, Senior Officer, or Raz Ida Nadira Razali, Officer, by email at

Thank you.

A G Kalidas
Malaysian Bar