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Raising the Bar

The state of the judiciary is very much in the news today and in the forefront of calling for reform is the Bar Council. The country's governing body for lawyers was set up under a 1947 statute that charged it to uphold the cause of justice without fear or favour. Sixty years on, despite difficulties, it remains true to its cause.

Landowners need protection

The Bar Council wants the Government to amend the National Land Code to protect landowners and I>bona fide/Ipurchasers from losing or buying property through others' fraudulent actions.

Unfair to pin blame on lawyers

A letter from ROGER TAN,Chair, Conveyancing PracticeCommittee,NG KONG PENG,Chair, Legal ProfessionCommittee,BAR COUNCIL, MALAYSIA.

Bar Council seeks to tighten rules on handling of clients’ money

Under a proposed move to tighten the rules governing handling of clients' accounts, lawyers may soon find it hard to withdraw money from these accounts.

Relook at other fee guidelines

FOLLOWING in the footsteps of the Singapore Medical Association, some other professional bodies here are looking at their own fee guidelines to see if they contravene the Competition Act.

Protecting the client Law Society’s new controls to keep lawyers from stealing cash

THE Law Society has moved a step closer to tightening controls to safeguard the money clients hand over to lawyers, in the wake of the disappearance of lawyer David Rasif who absconded with millions.

Lawyer ‘ran off with RM23m’

THE owner of a law firm is suspected of absconding with more than S$10mil (RM23.1mil) of clients' money in what could be the largest case of misappropriation by a lawyer in Singapore.

Warning to lawyers on offering of discounts

Lawyers have been warned that stern disciplinary action can be taken against them if they offer discounts on legal fees for drafting hire purchase agreement.

Expensive delay

Niggling problems keeping you awake at night? Send your gripes in then.

Deal not legal though signed before lawyer

If a lawyer is present, the deal should be above board. Right? Wrong.