Jeremy Mark Joseph

Jeremy M. Joseph is the principal partner and founder of Joseph & Partners, which is now one of the premier maritime law firms Malaysia has to offer. He has a Master’s degree in maritime law from the University of Southampton and a recipient of the Chevening Scholarship from the British High Commission.

Originally a marine insurance broker, Jeremy has knowledge of the shipping and insurance industry. His first position in law was at the Singapore office of Holman Fenwick & Willan where he worked as an associate for several years until he set up Messrs Joseph & Partners in Kuala Lumpur. His firm has been consistently ranked in the top category every year since 2010 as a leading Malaysian shipping law firm by international law publications, Legal 500 and Chambers Asia. Recently, the firm won the prestigious “ALB 2014 Malaysia Law Awards” for Shipping Law Firm of the Year, hosted by Asian Legal Business and Thomson Reuters.

Jeremy regularly works as counsel and co-counsel in various shipping, insurance and maritime arbitration matters. Some of these cases have become important legal precedents in the Malaysian shipping scene.

Jeremy currently advises all sorts of companies and organizations from ship-owners and P & I Clubs, to insurers, banks, ship yards, charterers, and a variety of other commercial establishments.

In addition, he has authored numerous articles that have been subsequently published in the Malayan Law Journal and other international publications like “Getting the Deal Through” and “The Shipping Law Review.” He has also written the Shipping, Insurance and Carriers volumes of Halsbury’s Laws of Malaysia and the Lexis Nexis Malaysian Encyclopedia of Forms and Precedents for Marine Insurance.

He was the former Chairman of the Shipping & Admiralty Committee for the Malaysian Bar and has previously served in the Admiralty Court and Maritime Law Taskforce initiated by the Malaysian Judiciary.

Shipping Law Practice:

Joseph & Partners’ shipping law practice provides legal services to the shipping and maritime industry.

We are specialists in all aspects of shipping law and are a trusted shipping legal firm used by companies not just in Malaysia but internationally. We provide clear, comprehensive advice on all aspects of shipping law, including marine casualties, admiralty disputes, ship finance, day-to-day commercial disputes arising under shipping contracts, bills of lading as well as shipbuilding contracts.

Our shipping law practice provides commercially minded advice that centres on the needs of our clients and their businesses. Our shipping legal services also includes advice on: towage, salvage and pilotage, marine safety and pollution, collision, fire, grounding, withdrawals, cancellations and wrongful terminations.

In addition to these services, we also provide advice on arrest of ships and releases from arrest, methods of obtaining security or evidence, freight, hire, demurrage and other sums due under charter parties, shipbuilding, ship sale agreements, agency and freight forwarding matters, freezing injunctions, enforcement of foreign judgements and arbitration awards, ports, harbours and related services and ship and asset financing.

Whatever your shipping law requirements, Joseph & Partners are here to help

Joseph & Partners:

Joseph & Partners is one of the leading law firms in Malaysia.

We have over 25 years combined experience of providing legal advice and law services for a variety of commercial and corporate legal matters. We are the leading specialists in shipping law in Malaysia and have also built up a reputation for expertise in marine offshore law. We have been providing corporate legal advice on all aspects of Malaysian shipping law, including cargo claims, admiralty processes, marine casualties, arbitration, energy related contracts and transactions and insurance disputes.

Malaysia has a thriving shipping and offshore energy industry, but it is not just shipping companies that need maritime legal advice and counsel on marine offshore legal matters. Many companies turn to Joseph & Partners to take advantage of our industry experience. In addition to shipping legal services and marine offshore advice, we provide all aspects of law services including property, insurance, commercial legal matters and other corporate legal advice. Our mission, as laid out by our principle partner, Jeremy M. Joseph, is to provide top quality specialist legal services that achieve excellent results for our clients and as leaders in our field, we build strong and lasting relationships with people in the business.

Dato Fion Wong

Leaders in Law endorses Fion Wong as our exclusively recommended Family Law expert in Malaysia. If you wish to get in touch with Fion please use the contact information provided above.

Family & Matrimonial Experience

Key Areas:

  • Cross-Border Children Abduction
  • International Children Adoption
  • Foreign Children Citizenship
  • Forum Disputes
  • Domestic Violence (Protection & Damages Claim for Wife, Husband & Children)
  • Trace, Discover, Divide & Settlement of Assets
  • Contested Divorce (Adultery, Children Custody & Maintenance, Visitation Rights, Wife Maintenance)
  • Variation of Orders
  • Enforcement of Orders

Dato’ Fion Wong has been focusing in Family & Matrimonial Law since her first year of practice. She has successfully represented her clients in the High Court for contested custody applications and maintenance claims for both the wife and children. She has then dedicated her years of practice focusing in Family & Matrimonial Law and had successfully dealt with complex Family Law matters such as cross-border child abduction, international children adoption & citizenship, domicile disputes for international families, protection & damages for victims of domestic violence i.e. wife, children & husband and other related contested divorce & separation issues.

​She has accumulated of more than 500 cases involving Family & Matrimonial Law for both local and international families. Throughout her extensive experience she had represented clients from different walk of life that includes individuals, and private clients that involves tracing, discovering, division and settlement of complex and wide range of assets within and outside the jurisdiction of Malaysia, and situted in off-shore such as properties, company shares, trusts, and other assets.

Being an innovative lawyer with interest in technology, she has led Shang & Co. to create the first Artificial Intelligence Legal Assistant (“AILA”) in Asia to be able to guide the firm’s clients in court proceedings and family & matrimonial matters.

She is the author for Handbook on Family Law Practice in Malaysia, that is often referred by judiciary and legal practitioners in Malaysia. She is also a contributing author for Malaysia Chapter in International Comparative Legal Guide (ICLG) for Family Law 2017 (1st Edition)

Publications

  • Handbook on Family Law Practice in Malaysia: Commentary, Procedures and Forms (ISBN No. 9789672187707)
  • The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Family Law (1st Edition) – Contributory Author for Malaysia Chapter ISBN-13 : 978-1911367321
  • ‘Equality of Division’ in ALB Asia September 2017 Publication

Awards & Recognition

  • The only female litigator featured in Women In Law 2016
  • Recommended Attorney in Global Law Experts 2017
  • Recognised as the Rising Star of 2020 by Asian Legal Business

Firm Description:

Established in the year 2011, Shang & Co is a top award-winning law firm in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Our team of lawyers have extensive experience in advising and representing individual, private and corporate clients for matters relating to divorceemployment and commercial among others.

Shang & Co.’s extensive dispute resolution experience and in-depth knowledge give us the ability to deliver strategic and cost-efficient solutions to our client even in the fast-changing and challenging environment.

Our focus and experience in different areas of practice give us the cutting-edge to serve private, individual and corporate clients in advisory, planning and disputes representations.

 

Louis Ambrose

Leaders in Law endorses Louis Ambrose as our exclusively recommended Dispute Resolution Law expert in Malaysia. If you wish to get in touch with Louis please use the contact information provided above.

Founding Partner of Louis Ambrose & Partners with more than 27 years’ experience as an Advocate & Solicitor with substantial experience in both civil litigation and employment law.

In the area of civil litigation, I act as counsel in a wide variety of matters in all tiers of the civil courts in Malaysia.

In employment law, I have vast experience in providing advisory services to local and foreign clients on a wide array of matters, including recruitment, termination, reorganisation, downsizing and cross border mergers & acquisition exercises. He also acts as counsel in employment disputes in the Industrial Court and all tiers of the Malaysian Courts.

I am a certified as a “Tutor Trainer Trial Advocacy” by the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn in 2011 and I regularly provide training to young advocates through the Advocacy Training Programme conducted by the Malaysian Bar.

 

Khairuzzaman Muhammad

Leaders in Law endorses Khairuzzaman Muhammad as our exclusively recommended Administrative Law expert in Malaysia. If you wish to get in touch with Khairuzzaman please use the contact information provided above.

KHAIRUZZAMAN MUHAMMAD is a partner in the Projects and Corporate Advisory practice group since January 2005. He was awarded a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) degree in 1988 from the Essex Institute of Higher Education (now known as the Anglia Ruskin University), in the United Kingdom, and was enrolled as a Barrister-at-Law of Lincoln’s Inn in 1989. He was admitted to the Malaysian Bar in 1990, and commenced his career specialising in all aspects of commercial litigation, principally in areas of banking law, corporate law, administrative law and constitutional law. In the course of his litigation career, Khairuzzaman was involved in several landmark cases before the Malaysian Courts, right up to the Federal Court level, dealing with legal issues pertaining to judicial review, banking law, company law and constitutional law.

In May 2000, Khairuzzaman was awarded a Graduate Diploma in Commercial Law from the University of Sydney, Australia. Since then, he has been actively involved in advising government agencies and companies, corporations, as well as financial institutions on issues relating to corporate and shareholders related matters, debt-financing issues, contractual disputes, joint-ventures, financing, land development projects and modern corporate governance. Khairuzzaman was involved in the drafting of the East Coast Economic Region Development Council Act 2008 as well as several other Federal and State legislations. Recently, Khairuzzaman advised a major Japanese energy company in the setting up of its business in Malaysia and had also led the legal team advising on the various legal issues relating to the restructuring of Malaysian Airlines (MAS) and the acquisition of its assets by the new airline, Malaysian Airlines Berhad. He also co-heads the team that renders construction advice for the Petronas mega-petro chemical project in Pengerang, Johore. This complex is the largest petro-chemical plant in South-East Asia. He also advises the Federal and State Governments on various policy matters leading to drafting of legislation’s.

He retired as the most Senior Director of SME Bank Berhad, a development financial institution wholly owned by the Ministry of Finance, Malaysia that is mandated to nurture, develop and finance SMEs in Malaysia in 2019, and was also an Independent Non-Executive Director of MIMOS, the advanced technology research and development centre set up by the Government of Malaysia. He currently sits on the Boards of several private companies.

Firm Overview:

ZUL RAFIQUE & partners (ZRp) is a Kuala Lumpur-based law firm that was formed in December 1999. As a result of significant growth achieved since its inception, ZRp is now a large, broad-based commercial legal practice.

The firm is led by its founder and Managing Partner, Dato’ Zulkifly Rafique who also spearheads the Corporate Department.

We have strategically focused our talents into specialised practice groups to maximise the depth of our expertise and experience. Whether you are looking for corporate solutions or pondering over the enforcement of marine oil pollution legislation, you will find the right people, right here, right now.

Our Vision is to provide our clientele with a solution-oriented, comprehensive and integrated range of professional legal services and in the process, we strive relentlessly to surpass our exacting standards of service. We believe that being forward-looking and dynamic is our strength and our commitment has always been to attain the highest standards in quality, client service and ethics.

In today’s changing commercial environment, legal issues are becoming increasingly complex. Progressive commercial and legal solutions are needed, and expertise is no longer limited to national boundaries. Our expanding practice takes this into account, and in our lawyers, you will find impeccable legal foundation which complements a diversity of shared experiences and specialist skills.

 

Michael C. M. Soo

Leaders in Law endorses Michael Soo as our exclusively recommended IT Law expert in Malaysia. If you wish to get in touch with Michael please use the contact information provided above.

Michael Soo is the current Managing Partner of the firm. He joined the firm in 1993 as a partner and is the head of the IP and IT Department. Michael was the past president of the Malaysia Intellectual Property Association (“MIPA”), and is currently the president of Asian Patent Attorneys Association, Malaysia Country Group, and a councilor of Asian Patent Attorneys Association (“APAA”). He was a member of the Copyright Law Review Ad-hoc Committee, under the Attorney General’s Chambers, Malaysia, and is a member of the IP Committee of the Bar Council of Malaysia.

He has practised exclusively in all areas of IP law, with emphasis on enforcement and civil litigation, for over 30 years. He has appeared as lead counsel or co-counsel in a number of infringement and/or passing-off actions before the High Court, Court of Appeal and Federal Court (formerly known as Supreme Court).

In addition to advisory and litigation work in all areas of intellectual property law, he has initiated, conducted and concluded settlement negotiations involving intellectual property rights leading to amicable resolution of disputes before litigation as well as cases pending before the courts. He has on many occasions been asked by potential litigants or their legal counsel in cases where he was not representing either party to give a non-binding opinions, as an informal guideline or basis for settlement negotiations.

He appeared as lead counsel in a trial involving alleged copyright infringement of several well-known brands of software before the Kuching Sessions Court pursuant to an ad hoc licence granted by the Rt Honourable Chief Judge of the High Court of Sabah and Sarawak. The trial was probably one of the few fully contested infringement actions involving software instituted in Malaysia in recent years. The alleged offender was one of the largest civil engineering firms in Malaysia. The Court acquitted the alleged offender of all the charges. The Public Prosecutor’s appeal was dismissed by the appeal courts.

In addition to this, he frequently handles advisory and contentious cases involving domain names dispute and “cybersquatting”. Michael Soo is a panelist of domain name dispute resolution administered by Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration and had adjudicated on a number of domain name dispute cases.

He is active in several international professional organisations including International Trademark Association (“INTA”), APAA and Inter-Pacific Bar Association. He was the chair of Asia Pacific sub-committee of geographical indications committee of INTA.

Michael has presented papers on intellectual property law in seminars and conferences organised by the Bar Council of Malaysia, and at several international, regional and local conferences including the 12th Commonwealth Law Association Conference and several seminars and conferences organised by World Intellectual Property Organization (“WIPO”). He lectures on copyright and design law for the Patent Agent Examination since its inception in 1997, and on intellectual property law at the Institute of Judicial and Legal Training (ILKAP), of the Prime Minister’s Department, Malaysia. Michael also regularly contributes articles and updates on IP in leading magazines.

Professional Membership
  • President, Malaysian Intellectual Property Association (MIPA) [2004-2006]
  • Member, Intellectual Property Committee, Bar Council Malaysia
  • Member, Information Technology and Cyberlaws Committee, Bar Council Malaysia [2004-2008]
  • Member, Copyright Law Review Ad-Hoc Committee, Attorney General’s Chambers, Malaysia [2004-2008]
  • Member, International Trade Mark Association (INTA)
  • Member of INTA’s International Panel of Neutrals (an Alternative Dispute Resolution [ADR] program – the first person appointed for Malaysia in April 2003
  • Overseas Member, The Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys, United Kingdom
  • Member, Malaysian Intellectual Property Association (MIPA)
  • Member, Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA)
  • Member, LawAsia (Law Association of Asian Countries)
  • Member, International Association for the Protection on Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
  • Member, ASEAN Intellectual Property Association (ASEAN IPA-South East Asian Association of Countries)
  • Member, Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA)
  • President and Councilor, Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA) [2006-2009; 2009-2012 and 2012-2015]
  • Member, Management Committee of APAA Country Group, Malaysia [since 1997]
  • Member, and former Honorary Secretary, of The Licensing Executives Society (LES), Malaysian Chapter [1994-1995]

Firm Overview:

From its humble origins as a sole-proprietorship established in 1918. Shook Lin & Bok has grown into one of the largest law firms in Malaysia. It is also the oldest law firm of local origin in the country.

The practice began in a limited number of practice areas. As Malaysia evolved from being a British colony into the modern country it is today, the firm grew in tandem to meet the challenges of globalization, building on its strong, trusted relationships with all its clients. The firm’s practice has evolved into a leading full service firm offering a comprehensive range of legal services, spanning the globe. Such services range from civil and commercial practice, banking and finance, international arbitration, complex litigation disputes and intellectual property.

The firm has distinguished itself in its commitment to high standards of professionalism and integrity for over nine decades. It has built on that heritage and continues to invest in the development of its human resources, team of legal practitioners and infrastructural resources, including the latest technological systems, for the benefit of its clients. Always solution-focused, the firm prides itself not just in highlighting pitfalls in transactions but also in providing alternatives.

The latest in online legal research facilities enhances and complements one of the most comprehensive traditional library facilities in the country, enabling the firm to deliver on its mission of service with effectiveness and efficiency.

The firm has fourteen departments representing major, though not exclusive, practice areas, which combine in a complementary and multidisciplinary practice to serve the needs of clients.

 

Ezane Chong

Leaders in Law endorses Ezane Chong as our exclusively recommended Family Law expert in Malaysia. If you wish to get in touch with Ezane please use the contact information provided above.

Practise Areas

  • General Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Commercial and Civil Disputes
  • Arbitration
  • Family
  • Private Client

Experience

Ezane is an Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya and a Barrister-at-Law.

Before she joined Ariff Rozhan & Co in April 2016, she was a partner at Skrine, one of Malaysia’s largest law firms, where she trained as a pupil and where she worked for 14 years.

Career

Ezane focuses largely on civil and commercial litigation, family law and private client work. She has represented clients in a variety of industries at all levels of the judicial process and has accumulated a number of reported cases in the Malaysian law journals.

In 2016, Ezane was elected as a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers, a worldwide association of practising lawyers who are recognised by their peers as the most experienced and skilled family law specialists in their respective countries.

Ezane is also the exclusive recipient of a Client Choice Award 2015 by the International Law Office for Litigation in Malaysia. Client Choice recognises those law firms and partners around the world that stand apart for the excellent client care they provide and the quality of their service.

Examples of a few quotes from clients about Ezane are set out below:

“Ezane would go the extra mile and think outside the box regarding the various issues surrounding the case she is handling and provides recommendations for actions that cover different possible outcomes or changes in circumstance”

“She protects her clients’ best interests and can do so because she understands her clients’ businesses.”

“We were highly impressed with the professional expertise she showed by handling the matter successfully within a short period of time.”

“She was very articulate, precise and well-focused in our discussions displaying a high level of self-esteem and integrity.”

“She is very quick to respond and ensures that she never misses any of our deadlines.”

“Ms Ezane demonstrates at all times that she is fully aware and in control of the status of our cases.”

“We can be assured that she will act in our best interest with integrity, and in respect of our requests/instructions, she does not simply brush them aside but gives due consideration if they are legally permissible or possible.”

“Her advice is to the point, she does not digress or confuse her clients.”

Ezane is also a qualified advocacy trainer having been trained and selected by the Advocacy Training Council of England and Wales to teach advocacy to pupils and young lawyers.

She also provides legal advice and representation, pro-bono, to those who qualify for legal aid, through the Bar Council Legal Aid Centre.

Publications

  • Division of Matrimonial Assets; “Legal Insights Issue 1/2015, March 2015.”
  • Contributor to Personal Money, the Edge Weekly (week of 9-15 February 2015) under column; “Ask the Experts” on managing inherited wealth.
  • Interview by “Personal Money; “(The Edge) April 2013 Issue, on how women can protect themselves financially in the event of divorce.”
  • The Final Word; “Effectiveness of postnuptial agreements; Legal Insights Issue 3/2014, December 2013.”
  • Breaking-Up is Hard to Do; “Ways in which couples may seek to dissolve their marriage”; Legal Insights Issue 4/2013, December 2013.”
  • Court Adoptions in West Malaysia; “Legal Insights Issue 3/2013, September 2013.”
  • Rights of Biological Parents vs Adoptive Parents; “Legal Insights Issue 3/2011, September 2011.”
  • UK Supreme Court Upholds Prenuptial Agreement; “Legal Insights Issue 4/2010, December 2010.”
  • Prenuptial Agreements; “Legal Insights Issue 1/2008, March 2008.”
  • The Great Eastern Life Assurance Co. Ltd. v. Indra Janardhana Menon [2005] 4 CLJ 717, Federal Court Reaffirms Existing Law of Limitations for Actions Founded on Contract; “Legal Insights Issue 1/2006, March 2006.”

Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow, the International Academy of Family Lawyers
  • Committee Member, Bar Council Family Law Committee, Rules Sub-Committee, a committee set-up to review the existing Divorce and Matrimonial Proceedings Rules 1980
  • Member, Malaysia Inner Temple Alumni Association (former Assistant Honorary Secretary, subsequently Honorary Secretary (2009 – 2015)
  • Member, Association of Women Lawyers, Malaysia  

Education & QualifIcations

  • LLB (Hons), University of Leeds, United Kingdom
  • Barrister-at-law, the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
  • Advocate and Solicitor, High Court Malaya

Languages

  • English
  • Bahasa Malaysia (Malay)

 

Lee Kien How John

Mr. Lee Kien How John is the managing partner of J. Lee & Associates, a medium-size legal firm in Malaysia. He graduated with LLB (Hons) degree from International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) ranking among the tops of his year. He also holds a Master of Comparative Laws degree, a post-graduate Diploma in Shariah and Legal Practice both of which from IIUM and, an MA in Economics for Competition Law from King’s Collage London. He is currently a qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, United Kingdom as well as a mediator of the Malaysian Bar. He is an advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya. Proficient in English, Malay language, Mandarin, he is also the first Chinese origin Shariah practitioner ever admitted by the Shariah (Islamic law) court.

Upon graduation, Mr. Lee chambered in one of the most prominent law firms in the nation which exposed him to heavyweight corporate dealings and complicated and contested general litigations. Later, realising the need of exposure in property and Islamic corporate transaction, he opted for another medium firm, which deals extensively with property (including conveyancing) and Islamic corporate transactions before proceeding to enhance his litigation experience.

Mr. Lee also holds a Master in Laws from IIUM with a specialisation in comparative study of securities and banking laws. Currently, he is in the process of publishing his dissertation, which is a comparative study between conventional and Islamic laws of corporate finance and insurance. Despite his special interest in security insurance and banking law both conventional and Islamic, he has wide areas of interests ranging from shipping law to professional negligence. Also, he is interested with laws relating to intellectual property and construction contract.

His current practice includes corporate and commercial law, competition law compliance and Islamic corporate finance related matters where he advises wide range of clients from local small medium entrepreneurs to multinational corporate entities over their local and transnational business needs. He is instrumental in developing Islamic banking, Takaful and Islamic corporate finance documents and exercise for several financial institutions as well as corporate and governmental entities in Malaysia. He has spoken extensively in seminars, workshops and conferences on various issues and topics concerning Islamic corporate finance and Takaful both locally and internationally

Thus, Mr. Lee has wide experience in corporate dealings from merger, acquisition, alliance, international ventures to international franchise dealings and negotiation and all Islamic related documentations, which are his extreme interests. He has been a part-time lecturer in the law faculty of IIUM since 1999 for both undergraduate and postgraduate law programmes. He has taught the subject of “Islamic Banking” for a special exclusive diploma programme in Islamic Banking for legal practitioners which was jointly offered by IIUM and the Bar Council.

He has been a part-time lecturer in the law faculty of IIUM since 1999 for both undergraduate and postgraduate law programmes. He has taught the subject of “Islamic Banking” for a special exclusive diploma programme in Islamic Banking for legal practitioners which was jointly offered by IIUM and the Bar Council.

He also lectures occasionally in various other local universities, Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) and governmental institutions. He has lectured and provided training in Judicial And Legal Training Institute (ILKAP) as well as Syariah Judiciary Department Malaysia (JKSM) for both civil courts and Shariah courts judges concerning Islamic banking. He has lectured for the Master of Science in Islamic Banking programme offered by the IIUM Institute of Islamic Banking and Finance (IIiBF).

Also he has advised numerous governmental and semi governmental entities in relation with Islamic Banking practices and also advised the Attorney General’s Chamber of Malaysia, IIUM, Bank Muamalat Malaysia Berhad (BMMB), Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad (BIMB), Maybank Islamic Berhad (MIB), Bank Simpanan Nasional Berhad (BSN), Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA), Permodalan Usahawan Nasional Berhad (PUNB) and Perbadanan Nasional Berhad (PNS) on Musyarakah Mutanaqisah financing structures, Istisna’ financing, Murabahah Tawarruq facility, Ijarah Muntahiyah Bi Tamleek, to name a few, and issues thereto.

Also he is one of the members of the Law Reform Committee on Contracts Act established by the Malaysian Government. In 2006, he was a visiting scholar to the Asian Law Centre of the University of Washington. He is currently a Shariah consultant to few governmental agencies as well as few government-funded banks. Besides, he was a member of the Board of Studies of International Islamic University Malaysia for the 2010-2012 tenure. He is currently a member of the Board of Studies of the Faculty of Law of University Malaya for the 2015-2017 tenure.

He is the author of the book “Legal Documentation for Islamic Banking” published by Islamic Banking and Finance Institute Malaysia (IBFIM). The book is now the textbook for the Certified Qualification In Islamic Finance (CQIF) for Islamic bankers. Also, he is the co-author of the book “Islamic Financial Services Act 2013: Commentaries” which was published and launched on July 2015 by the Current Law Journal (CLJ). He has also contributed a chapter entitled “IFSA 2013 and FSA 2013: the New Legislation Regulating Islamic Banking and Finance in Malaysia” in “Islamic Banking”, (2nd Ed) to be published by the CLJ this year. His next 3 books “Recovery, Rescheduling & Restructuring in Islamic Finance”, “Islamic Banking in Malaysia: Concept, Theory, Practice and Legal Documentation” and “Cases & Materials on Islamic Finance in Malaysia” will be published by Malayan Law Journal and Lexis Nexis International in January 2016, April 2016 and June 2016 respectively.

He is now a member of the Shariah Advisory (SAC) of the Association of Islamic Banking Institutions Malaysia (AIBIM). Also, he is a consultant to few law firms and practices in Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Indonesia and the United Kingdom.

J Lee & Associates:

J Lee & Associates is a young yet dynamic firm established since early 2001. We are partnered by a team of enthusiastic professional lawyers who inspire to provide full commitment and efficiency in all assignments entrusted by clients. Despite being ‘young’, we plead to serve our clients to the utmost and thus holding our clients’ satisfaction as the prime target.

By the concept of ‘under one roof’, we also aim to serve all corporate needs of our clients and thus, become a one stop hub that could provide the best solutions for all our clients’ business needs. This objective is achieved by the professional experience and training undergone by our lawyers and staff.

Kamilah Kasim

Kamilah Kasim graduated from the University of Malaya and was called to the Bar in Malaysia in 1988.

She joined Rajah & Tann in 2000 and was made a Principal/Partner in 2000. She left and joined Jones Day, an international law firm where she stayed for four years, practising in the field of international arbitration, and specialising in large complex engineering and commercial cases. In April 2007, she returned to Rajah & Tann. She is also a principal Partner of Kamilah & Chong. Kamilah & Chong is Rajah & Tann LLP’s associate firm in Kuala Lumpur.

Experience:

Kamilah’s experience in the legal industry extends to over 2 decades of involvement on contentious and non contentious matters relating to construction, energy and telecommunication projects in Asia. In respect of non-contentious matter, Kamilah has negotiated and drafted many construction and engineering contracts and related documents involving the principal forms of the standard contracts: SIA, JCT, FIDIC, PAM, JKR Form and ICE; in all contracting arrangements including main contracts, sub-contracts (nominated and domestic), design and build contracts, contracts for supply, management contracting and construction management, turnkey, concession agreements, PPA, PPP, EPC and bespoke construction contracts.

 

Jeremy M. Joseph

Jeremy M. Joseph is the principal partner and founder of Joseph & Partners, which is now one of the premier maritime law firms Malaysia has to offer. He has a Master’s degree in maritime law from the University of Southampton and a recipient of the Chevening Scholarship from the British High Commission.

Originally a marine insurance broker, Jeremy has knowledge of the shipping and insurance industry. His first position in law was at the Singapore office of Holman Fenwick & Willan where he worked as an associate for several years until he set up Messrs Joseph & Partners in Kuala Lumpur. His firm has been consistently ranked in the top category every year since 2010 as a leading Malaysian shipping law firm by international law publications, Legal 500 and Chambers Asia. Recently, the firm won the prestigious “ALB 2014 Malaysia Law Awards” for Shipping Law Firm of the Year, hosted by Asian Legal Business and Thomson Reuters.

Jeremy regularly works as counsel and co-counsel in various shipping, insurance and maritime arbitration matters. Some of these cases have become important legal precedents in the Malaysian shipping scene.

Jeremy currently advises all sorts of companies and organizations from ship-owners and P & I Clubs, to insurers, banks, ship yards, charterers, and a variety of other commercial establishments.

In addition, he has authored numerous articles that have been subsequently published in the Malayan Law Journal and other international publications like “Getting the Deal Through” and “The Shipping Law Review.” He has also written the Shipping, Insurance and Carriers volumes of Halsbury’s Laws of Malaysia and the Lexis Nexis Malaysian Encyclopedia of Forms and Precedents for Marine Insurance.

He was the former Chairman of the Shipping & Admiralty Committee for the Malaysian Bar and has previously served in the Admiralty Court and Maritime Law Taskforce initiated by the Malaysian Judiciary.

Joseph & Partners:

Joseph & Partners is one of the leading law firms in Malaysia.

We have over 25 years combined experience of providing legal advice and law services for a variety of commercial and corporate legal matters. We are the leading specialists in shipping law in Malaysia and have also built up a reputation for expertise in marine offshore law. We have been providing corporate legal advice on all aspects of Malaysian shipping law, including cargo claims, admiralty processes, marine casualties, arbitration, energy related contracts and transactions and insurance disputes.

Malaysia has a thriving shipping and offshore energy industry, but it is not just shipping companies that need maritime legal advice and counsel on marine offshore legal matters. Many companies turn to Joseph & Partners to take advantage of our industry experience. In addition to shipping legal services and marine offshore advice, we provide all aspects of law services including property, insurance, commercial legal matters and other corporate legal advice. Our mission, as laid out by our principle partner, Jeremy M. Joseph, is to provide top quality specialist legal services that achieve excellent results for our clients and as leaders in our field, we build strong and lasting relationships with people in the business.

 

Farah Deba Mohamed Sofian

Leaders in Law endorses Farah Deba Mohamed Sofian as our exclusively recommended Trusts & Estates Law expert in Malaysia. If you wish to get in touch with Farah please use the contact information provided above.

FARAH DEBA MOHAMED SOFIAN has been extensively involved in estate planning and inheritance work since year 2002 and is currently a partner of Messrs Wong Lu Peen & Tunku Alina. She has advised wide range of clientele including various financial institutions (both Islamic and conventional) on corporate banking and trade facilities, property developers in respect of mixed integrated development (residential, commercial and industrial projects), foreign clients on foreign acquisition and disposal of assets, body corporates on long-term lease and land development arrangements concerning infrastructure and privatized projects locally and internationally (including  in the Middle East).
Farah also has first-hand experience in setting up an Islamic financing unit of a co-operative society including the provision of training for the staff and preparation of the standard operating procedures for the financing unit.  She is also involved in advising clients on special projects for the development & construction of transportation hub, hotels  & medical centers. Additionally, she advises clients from time to time on various ad-hoc corporate and regulatory issues including the recently introduced regulatory regimes relating to competition, data protection and privacy issues.

Special Focus

She was instrumental in establishing the Inheritance and Succession Practice Group in the Firm.  She formulated the idea of expanding the real property practice of the Firm to the provision of estate planning & business succession instruments to Muslim and non-Muslim clients.

The Firm now provides a full range of inheritance & succession advisory services with special focus in asset protection & preservation, estate & business succession planning, probate & administration affecting Muslims & non-Muslims. Her clientele include various high net worth individuals, trust companies, foundations (family holdings & charitable), professional will-writing companies & other body corporates.

Her team’s practice includes

Determining distribution computation for Muslims & non-Muslims; – determination of heirs (forced heirship rule); – attendance in Shariah courts; – Wills writing & review; – Structuring & preparing wealth and estate planning instruments including trusts & business succession instruments, preparation of buy- sell arrangements;  – Creation & formation of trust foundations (charitable or otherwise);   – probate & estate administration including assisting & facilitating legal representatives with the administration and management of the deceased’s estate, calling in of assets, attending to transmission  until distribution of assets to beneficiaries – application for letter of representation and resealing thereof including obtaining distribution order & order for sale

Qualification Graduated from International Islamic University, Malaysia; – Masters of Laws from King’s College, University of London; – Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya since 1992; – Registered Mediator with the Bar Council Malaysian Mediation Centre ; – Full Member of Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners