Article and photos contributed by Azwa Zulsamli, Officer, Professional Indemnity Insurance and Risk Management Department, Bar Council
The Bar Council Professional Indemnity Insurance (“PII”) and Risk Management Department organised a risk management workshop, entitled “Getting Started!” at the Kelantan Bar Auditorium on 21 Apr 2019 (Sunday). The seven–hour session was targeted at lawyers who are thinking of setting up practice or joining a partnership, or needed a refresher. Approximately 20 participants attended, consisting of Members of the Bar and pupils in chambers.
The workshop kicked off at around 9:00 am with the session on “Bar Council and You: Obligations and Privileges”. The speakers for this session were Azwa Zulsamli from the Bar Council PII and Risk Management Department, and Mohan Sankaran from Jardine Llyod Thompson Sdn Bhd. Both speakers discussed the basic steps a lawyer needs to follow prior to opening up a practice, be it a sole proprietorship or partnership.
|Heron Khalid Goh
The workshop proceeded with the “Accounting and Taxation” session, delivered by Heron Khalid Goh. He discussed three topics — bookkeeping, financial statements, and taxation within the context of legal practice. Since the Sales and Services Tax (“SST”) had only been implemented last year, the participants requested more explanation and Heron was happy to oblige.
“Winning Ways through Civil Litigation Practice” took place right after the lunch break. Rosnah Faisal highlighted the issues and implications commonly face by litigators. She also spoke on the Rules of Court 2012 and the importance of having proper procedures for litigation files.
The final session, “Conveyancing in a Competitive Climate”, was presented by Zemilah Mohd Noor. She delved into the requirements of managing conveyancing files — using the Conveyancing Checklist / KIV Systems and understanding the Solicitors’ Remuneration Order (“SRO”). These tools help lawyers to avoid being victims of fraud and scams. Often, problems occur when law firms do not adhere to standard procedures. She shared both tips and traps relating to conveyancing practice as well.
It was an engaging workshop with a lively exchange of questions and ideas between the speakers and participants. From the feedback received, the participants found the workshop to be of excellent quality and would recommend it to others.
If you would like to know more about risk management workshops or would like to attend a Getting Started! Workshop, please contact the PII and Risk Management Department by telephone at 03–2032 4511 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.