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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If a lawyer is present, the deal should be above board. Right? Wrong.
A market-driven fee scale will not benefit the public as a lawyer is hired based on how cheap his fee is and not on whether he is the best person for the job, Bar Council vice-chairman Yeo Yang Poh said.
WHEN Joachim Kang bought the S$835,000 (RM1.89mil) Teresa Ville apartment he jointly owns with his former parishioner, Mabel Chia Li Ling, he introduced her as his 'niece' and paid for it in cash.
All housebuyers should appoint their own lawyers, Bar Council of Malaysia president Kuthubul Zaman Bukhari said.
Another long day in court, another hard case won - so goes a good number of television drama scripts. In real life, however, things are not as simple as that, says lawyer Latheefa Koya, 30.